Monthly Archives: October 2016

All stocked with spooky books!

My Little Free Library Is Haunted!

All stocked with spooky books!

All stocked with spooky books!

I maintain that half the reason I am a kid’s author today is because I am eternally trying to recreate the thrill of receiving Scholastic book orders in elementary school. And nothing thrilled me more than the HOLIDAY book orders in October, November and December.

The Little Free Library in my front yard is unquestionably a physical manifestation of my love for those memories. I get the biggest kick out of stocking that thing with seasonal kids’ books and hearing the door open and slam shut all weekend long. Kids play in my tree in the front yard, leave their bikes on my lawn, and sit on my front step with their noses in books. The heart bursts.

The local library book sales never disappoint

The local library book sales never disappoint

The local library has a used bookshop with lots and lots of stock so I can fill the library for about $10.00. Frequently they even cut me a deal out to get more books into the hands of the neighborhood kids. This last haul was beyond successful – every kid’s book in the library right now is spooky!

I’m already having a blast collecting winter holiday books and planning the little library’s holiday decorating scheme. It’s like a Scholastic book order form has come to life!

Lots of joy at the Kids for Peace School of Kenya!

Children’s Storytelling in Video: Kids for Peace School of Kenya

Lots of joy at the Kids for Peace School of Kenya!

Lots of joy at the Kids for Peace School of Kenya!

I took a short hiatus from kid’s books to focus on another form of children’s storytelling that fills my heart: video. I’m so excited to share my latest project about the Kids for Peace School of Kenya, which was 100% funded BY KIDS! Video has been such a powerful way to get kids inspired to act from their hearts. I just love it.

I shot my first video in Kenya last year and absolutely fell in love with the form. This year I’ve come to enjoy incorporating everything I know about story and structure. And there is nothing better than reliving these joyful experiences during the editing process!

I’ll continue to write kids’ books, as I love those, too, and am working on a picture manuscript this fall. But, I’m so happy to have opportunities to get videos like this one into schools through The Great Kindness Challenge by Kids for Peace. Nothing fulfills me more than being a part of a movement that empowers kids to be their true, compassionate, benevolent selves. Enjoy!