Sometimes Kindness is Being Quiet: Upgrading School Rallies to Engage ALL Kids

Jan 3, 2017

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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 (...)


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 (...)


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 (...)


My Little Free Library Is Haunted!

Oct 23, 2016

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. (...)


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

Oct 15, 2016

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 (...)


Kid Power! Kids Donate Book Nooks to the Kids for Peace School of Kenya

Sep 7, 2016

Cozy book nooks were a hit at the Kids for Peace School of Kenya!

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 (...)


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 (...)


Spreading Kindness with School Counselors

Jul 26, 2016

Our joyful kindness booth at ASCA

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 (...)


Little Free Libraries Fill My Heart

Jul 2, 2016

Little Free Library "book tour" for Super Lexi!

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 (...)


Quiet Schools Network Summer Institute

Jun 24, 2016

Quiet Schools Network t-shirt, which I'll be wearing with pride!

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 (...)


Training for Susan Cain’s Quiet Schools Ambassador Program

May 20, 2016

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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 (...)


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 (...)


The Importance of Sensitive Children

Apr 22, 2016

Photo by author Amy Mair.

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. (...)


Children on Autism Spectrum Overturn Commonly Held Misconceptions about the Disorder through Kindness

Apr 2, 2016

Jared and sister Destiny collect food for Got Your Back San Diego.

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 (...)


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 (...)


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 (...)


Over 5 MILLION Kids Participate in The Great Kindness Challenge!

Feb 4, 2016

Carlsbad's superintendent and two principals kicked off The Great Kindness Challenge by jumping out of an airplane!

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 (...)


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 (...)


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, (...)


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 (...)