Sometimes Kindness is Being Quiet: Upgrading School Rallies to Engage ALL Kids
Jan 3, 2017
The best way to start the New Year is with a burst of KINDNESS! Because all children are unique and respond differently to rallies and assemblies, this year I was (...)READ MORE »
Help Build a School in Pakistan!
Dec 19, 2016
Telling stories to children through video is a great love of mine, especially when those stories call on kids to use their inherent benevolence to uplift our world. Below is (...)READ MORE »
Thankful to be on the Kids for Peace Board!
Nov 22, 2016
In this season of gratitude, I’m so happy to announce that I am now a board member at an organization I am so grateful for: Kids for Peace. Kids for Peace is a (...)READ MORE »
My Little Free Library Is Haunted!
Oct 23, 2016
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. (...)READ MORE »
Children’s Storytelling in Video: Kids for Peace School of Kenya
Oct 15, 2016
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 (...)READ MORE »
Kid Power! Kids Donate Book Nooks to the Kids for Peace School of Kenya
Sep 7, 2016
I could probably write a post a day for weeks about all the wonderful people I encountered through the amazing cooperative effort that birthed the Kids for Peace School of (...)READ MORE »
Off to Mikei, Kenya with Kids for Peace!
Aug 2, 2016
I’m off to Mikei, Kenya with Kids for Peace to film and to help set up the new school and library! We have over 2500 pounds of donations & over 30 volunteers. It’s (...)READ MORE »
Spreading Kindness with School Counselors
Jul 26, 2016
The old adage that “the monster you feed is the one that grows” has set me free quite a few times in my life. I have to remind myself of (...)READ MORE »
Little Free Libraries Fill My Heart
Jul 2, 2016
I’m enjoying a brief stay in Palo Alto this week, which I am quickly learning is a beautifully bookish place. Children’s and adult bookstores abound. I’ve been to almost every (...)READ MORE »
Quiet Schools Network Summer Institute
Jun 24, 2016
Ever since I saw Susan’s Cain’s Ted Talk on introversion, I felt a vision for a better educational world started taking shape in my mind. This sense only deepened after (...)READ MORE »
Training for Susan Cain’s Quiet Schools Ambassador Program
May 20, 2016
I am profoundly excited to announce that I will begin training to be a Quiet Ambassador for Susan Cain’s Quiet Schools Network in June! This program has a mission statement that (...)READ MORE »
Helping Kids Live with Purpose
May 16, 2016
In my work empowering kids to live with purpose, some of the concerns I hear most from kids is that they don’t have any idea what their purposes or gifts (...)READ MORE »
The Importance of Sensitive Children
Apr 22, 2016
Yesterday, while admiring pelicans on the beach, the wonderfully talented young adult author and my beloved friend, Amy Mair, educated me on effects of DDT on San Diego’s pelicans in the 70s. (...)READ MORE »
Children on Autism Spectrum Overturn Commonly Held Misconceptions about the Disorder through Kindness
Apr 2, 2016
I would love to see this month honor those on the spectrum rather than focus exclusively on their challenges. All humans have challenges, and all humans have gifts. The autistic population (...)READ MORE »
We Have the Land for the New Kids for Peace School of Kenya!
Mar 15, 2016
Last May, I went to Kenya with Kids for Peace to shoot video of a young child, Magi, to be shown in schools during this year’s Great Kindness Challenge to raise (...)READ MORE »
Captain Book Treasure Chest Literacy Program
Feb 25, 2016
Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate Captain Book’s 100,000th book donation at the Encinitas Library with local children’s author, Sally Pla. Captain Book spreads the love of reading (...)READ MORE »
Over 5 MILLION Kids Participate in The Great Kindness Challenge!
Feb 4, 2016
Last week, The Great Kindness Challenge spread joy and kindness through schools all over the world in a huge way. Over 5 MILLION kids participated, breaking last year’s record of (...)READ MORE »
The Great Kindness Challenge Is Two Weeks Away!
Jan 11, 2016
As a children’s author, the primary goal of my work is to celebrate neurodiversity by empowering kids to use their superpowers for the greater good. One of the most exciting (...)READ MORE »
Cozy, Holiday Cooking Class with no Hoopla!
Dec 13, 2015
Our world has gotten so loud. Kid-friendly has come to mean chaotic, with each kid event louder, bigger, more stimulating than the last. Most kids don’t thrive under these conditions, (...)READ MORE »
Michigan School Visit Tour: Celebrating Your Superpowers to Make the World a Better Place
Oct 20, 2015
I had such a great time last week in Michigan on a school visit tour. Though never stated in the text, my Super Lexi chapter books are set in Michigan, where I (...)READ MORE »