Dumpy the Dump Truck — Perfect Picture Book Friday

In Canada, today, January 27, 2012, is Family Literacy Day. What a great day to share a picture book written by members of a family! Title: Dumpy the Dump Truck Author: Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton Illustrator:  Tony Walton Publisher: New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2000.

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Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies

  A wonderful way to encourage children’s enjoyment of reading and being read to is to share poetry with them from an early age. My mother and I loved to recite poetry to and with each other, and we shared poetry together until her last days. In the last couple of years of her life,…


The Importance of the Arts in Raising Bookworms

I am a firm believer in the importance of the arts in children’s lives. That is perhaps readily recognizable through the tagline of my blog, “Writing, Reading, the Arts, and Life.” For me, those four things are inextricably entwined. Drama, dance, music, the visual arts – they all have the capacity to enhance a child’s…

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Raising Bookworms — And A Giveaway!

This is the first post in what will become a regular monthly feature on my blog, “In The Spotlight.” During the last full week of each month, I will devote all three regular posts to spotlighting the work of one particular author or organization, or will focus on one particular topic. This inaugural “In The…