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The Goddard School

See our baby birds!

See our baby birds!

I visited the Goddard School in Owings Mills, Maryland yesterday. The preschoolers were adorable! They were so excited to make their baby birds. Special thanks to Alicia and Dennis Norris and Arianna McNamee for making the day so much fun. This was a special visit because Alicia Norris is my cousin! Visit their website at The Goddard School.

St. Margaret’s Day School

Making our own baby birds!

Making our own baby birds!

I recently visited the preschoolers at St. Margaret’s Day School in Annapolis, Maryland. Special thanks to Tricia Hallberg McVeigh for making it a great visit. I read from my book “Mallory the Forgetful Duck” and the children made their own baby birds and nests out of paper bags and plastic Easter eggs. It was a fun way to look forward to the Spring.

Central Elementary

Writing stories

Writing stories

I recently visited Central Elementary School in Edgewater, Maryland. It was such a great day! Amy Shinn and the teachers were warm and inviting and the students were so engaged and adorable.

First, I met with the Green Club and demonstrated how oysters filter the water.  Here I am in the first photo pouring “dirty” water through coffee filters to show how oysters perform a similar function in the Chesapeake Bay. Students then made their own little oysters with coffee filters, wiggle eyes and craft Pom-Poms for pearls. I think the pearls were their favorite parts:) [Read more…]

Edgewater Books

With Ken Kennedy

With Ken Kennedy

Edgewater Books is a new children’s bookstore in Edgewater, Maryland. It is a great family destination with a wide selection of children’s books for every age level and fun activities scheduled throughout the year. I recently had a book signing/reading there and had such a good time! Several families were there for the reading and the little ones made fun oyster crafts to take home with them along with Olly the Oyster goody bags. Here is a photo in which I’m standing with Ken Kennedy, store owner of Edgewater Books. Visit his website at http://www.edgewaterbooks.com/

Patuxent River Appreciation Days

With Jonna Jones, Kelli Nash, and Susan Glick

With Jonna Jones, Kelli Nash, and Susan Glick

Patuxent River Appreciation Days is an annual event held in Solomons, MD celebrating the Patuxent River and the surrounding areas. I was there recently at this year’s event and I had a wonderful time with fellow author Susan Glick, illustrator Kelli Nash and editor Jonna Jones. Special thanks to Maureen Baughman of the Calvert Marine Museum for making it a fun and successful day!

Article in Arundel Voice

(L-R) Crofton’s Elaine Allen and illustrator Kelli Nash have produced several books to teach youth about sea critters and their role in the environment.

With Kelli Nash

I recently appeared in Arundel Voice, my local paper, along with my partner in crime, Kelli Nash who illustrated the Olly the Oyster stories as well as Mallory the Forgetful Duck. The story was written by Zach Sparks, a talented local writer. Please pop over and read it if you have a free moment. It beautifully summarizes why I wrote the stories and how Kelli’s illustrations bring a magical touch that capture children’s imaginations.

Visit with AACRC

Presenting at AACRC

Presenting at AACRC

I visited with the Anne Arundel County Reading Council recently. They are a wonderful group of talented and dedicated teachers. They make me proud as a parent with two children attending Anne Arundel County public schools. Fellow author Jennifer Ginn and I spoke at the conference. Special thanks to Kara Holden, Vice President of AACRC for organizing the event.