Happy Birthday MLK, Jr!

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday by reading one of these outstanding children’s books.


“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

9780810989757Buy My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart here

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

9781419700224Buy My Uncle Martin’s Words for America here

Read my review here

“Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality..”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Halloween! Watch My Pumpkin Rot Video!

Last Halloween I reviewed a fascinating book called Rotten Pumpkin (Creston Books), written by David M Schwartz and photographed by Dwight Kuhn, and was inspired to try my hand at photographing my own pumpkin as it decomposed. Here in tropical South Florida our carved pumpkins start to rot within hours, and with all the rain we had last fall, mine rotted in just 10 days! Enjoy the Pumpkin Rot Video . . .

Read my interview with the author and illustrator of Rotten Pumpkin.

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Happy Halloween!

Have a fun and safe night  trick or treating with your kids!


I made this pumpkin pie slice costume for my daughter 15 years ago out of foam and fabric. The fork and can of whipped cream are made out of ppaper mâché and paint.


I carved a flying witch on broom out of the pumpkin. The flat pumpkin in the front near the hand is a painted sea grape leaf! First I pressed it for 5 days so it could dry out and just used craft paints. I’m going to save it for my Thanksgiving decorations too, and it will even store well for next year.

Brain Quest for the Car: All About America

Brain Quest

Brain Quest for the Car: 1,100 Questions and Answers All About America

•    Targeted Audience: Lower & Upper Elementary, Middle & High School (Ages 7 & Up)
•    Genre: Non-Fiction Quiz Cards
•    Publisher: Workman Publishing
•    Publication Date: April 9, 2013 (4th Edition)
•    Dimensions: 7.5″ x  2.5″
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 152 Pages
•    Retail: $11.95
•    ISBN:  978-0761174011

“Brain Quest proves it’s not just fun to be smart—it’s smart to be smart.”

DSC_0082Over 37 Million Copies Sold!

Workman’s Brain Quest packs have been educating children (and their parents) for many years. in the most ingenious simplified way- via question and answer games written on two-sided bound  flash cards. They are curriculum-based and teacher approved and are perfect for long drives.

Pick a Game, Take a Quiz, Have a Blast and Learn

Whoever said that in the summer, children lose a lot of what they learned during the school year, doesn’t DSC_0087know a thing about Brain Quest packs! There are several fun games suggested to play in the car, complete with rules listed in the first few cards of each of the two decks in the pack. You’ll hear a lot more laughs from your children than, “Are we there yet?” There are also piles of short questions (eight per card), with answers on the card next to it. This pack’s 1,100 questions are all related to the USA, spanning everything from geography and politics, the history and entertainment and everything in between.

 Why You Should Buy This Brain Quest


Brain Quest for the Car: 1,100 Questions and Answers All About America (4th Edition) offers hundreds of brand-new questions that match with state and national academic standards. The beauty of Brain Quest packs is that they are so much fun and are so fascinating, kids don’t feel like they are doing academic work (though they really are). My daughter (now working toward a PhD in Geophysics) had heaps of these growing up, and our family had countless hours of fun challenging each other with questions on many subjects. The bottom line is Brain Quest packs make kids (and adults) more knowledgeable and in turn much more interesting little or big people.

Visit the Brain Quest website to learn about all the products and apps. Teachers can download educational materials too.



Children’s Book Resources You Can Use

Here’s a list of Ten Children’s Book Resources worth your time:


  1. Find an Indie Bookstore on indiebound.org.
  2. Literacy Leader’s list of Literacy websites for kids.
  3. American Library Association’s Great Websites for Kids.
  4. Reading Rainbow’s list of Ten Magical Children’s Libraries.
  5. Architectural Digest’s list of the Most Beautiful Libraries in the World.
  6. Home Library Ideas on Pinterest.
  7. A to Z Teacher Stuff’s list of Literature Activities.
  8. BestEvidence.org Top Rated Programs for Struggling Readers.
  9. NY Public Libraries’ list of 100 Great Children’s Books/100 Years.
  10. GoodReads.com list of Best Children’s Books That are Movies.