Hammond Eastside Elementary Author Visit – Friday, April 1, 2011

Friends: On Friday, April 1, 2011, I visited Hammond Eastside Elementary, courtesy of my friend and first grade teacher, Michelle Cardaronella. Here I am performing The Gigantic Sweet Potato with students from my first show. I saw two groups of students in different grade level seatings. I love performing Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach with […] Read More

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St. Mary Parish PK Tour Day 5 – Friday, March 18, 2011

Friends: Today was the last day of my five day PK tour of St. Mary Parish Schools sponsored by the Title 1 Department of St. Mary Parish School Board. I went to Amelia, Louisiana to J.S. Aucoin Elementary. I was greeted warmly by the Aucoin Elementary principal, Mr. Joe Stadalis. Mr. Stadalis was so warm […] Read More

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St. Mary Parish PK Tour Day 4 – Thursday, March 17, 2011

Friends: Today was St. Patrick’s Day and although I am not Irish (I have Welsh blood coursing through my veins), I wore my bit o’green. But I did find my lucky leprechaun at Shannon Elementary in Morgan City! :) My first show was a mix of PK and K students. I began with Mama’s Bayou, […] Read More

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St. Mary Parish PK Tour Day 3 – Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Friends: Today was the third day of my five-day PK tour of St. Mary Parish Schools. Let me tell you something about St. Mary Parish Schools – their middle name is “Hospitality!” The minute I drove my car up to Hattie Watts Elementary, the custodian, “Pretty Girl” Steph, and the assistant principal, Charles Foulcard, helped […] Read More

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St. Mary Parish PK Tour Day 2 – Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Friends: Today was the second day of my PK Tour in St. Mary Parish Schools. My first two shows were at W.P. Foster Elementary in Franklin, Louisiana. When I first arrived, I was greeted by their friendly principal, Mr. Michael Payton. Ms. Renee, a PK teacher, totally took care of me, providing me with water, […] Read More

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Kansas Summer Reading Workshops – Wichita, Thursday, February 24, 2011

Friends: Ah, Kansas! In February, the weather can change at the drop of a hat, and it did today. All week long, I had beautiful weather with clear skies. This morning I woke up to sleet and ice and a dangerous start to the day. My hostess, Julie Tomlianovich, picked me up at my hotel […] Read More

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Kansas Summer Reading Workshop Tour – Manhattan, Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Friends: Today I was in Manhattan, Kansas. They call themselves “The Little Apple” and even have a ball drop on New Year’s Eve, just like The Big Apple! It was the third day of my summer reading workshop tour. Today was also my husband, Antonio’s birthday. With the help of the wonderful librarians, we wished […] Read More

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Author Visit: Pelahatchie Elementary, Mississippi – Friday, January 28, 2011

Friends: On Friday, I had the great privilege of visiting Pelahatchie Elementary in Pelahatchie, Mississippi. My visit was coordinated and organized by Brenda Black, Librarian. She is one amazing woman! On Thursday night, Brenda took me to dinner at Amerigo in Jackson, Mississippi. Can we say OMG – YUM!!!?!!! There, I met Dana Lee, Pelahatchie’s […] Read More

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Louisiana PreK/K Conference – Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Friends: On Wednesday, January 26, 2011, I presented two professional development sessions at the Louisiana Pre-K/Kindergarten conference sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Education. My first session was “Handmade Tales: Stories to Make and Take” full of simple cut and tell and draw and tell tales. I began with “Joseph Had an Overcoat” (pictured above). […] Read More

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Stories on Board Residency at Strehle Elementary, Avondale, LA, Day 10 – Monday, January 22, 2011

Friends: Today was the 10th and final day of my “Stories on Board: Creating Board Games from Favorite Tales” at Strehle Elementary in Avondale, Louisiana. It was “Gradewide Game Day” where all the students came to the cafeteria to play the games their fellow students created. The first group to come into the cafeteria first […] Read More

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