A Writer’s Phone Call to Santa

Santa-phone-call-300x169ROBIN: Hey Santa, it’s Robin Newman. How are you?

SANTA: Robin who?

ROBIN: Robin Newman, remember me from last year. I’m the author of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake and Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep.

SANTA: What time is it?

ROBIN: It’s 5:00 a.m. New York City time. What time is it on the North Pole?

SANTA: Much earlier.

ROBIN: Geez Santa, I’m sorry I woke you. I was just so excited to talk to you. I noticed that Starbucks started its Christmas season early and then every radio station is decking the halls, so I thought I might try to catch you a little earlier this year.

SANTA: Robin, have you been good?

ROBIN: Don’t you think “good” is one of those words that’s subjective and open to interpretation? You know it’s like an editor reading your story and hating it because she has a thing…

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A Great Read For Middle Grade Fashionistas by Margaret Gurevich

Are your children interested in fashion?  Or do they ever wonder what it might be like to work in the field?  You might want to get them a book that is set behind the scenes of a fictitious fashion house.  CHLOE BY DESIGN: BALANCING ACT is the second in the series by author Margaret Gurevich.

BalancingActimage16-year-old Chloe Montgomery beat out the competition to win Teen Design Diva, but she already has another challenge to face tackling her internship. After winning the first season of the fashion reality show, Chloe is ready to start her job with a famous designer, Stefan Meyers, in New York City. But with an old crush and new challenges to contend with, Chloe discovers that the fast-paced fashion industry isn’t for the faint of heart. Will she be able to make it work, or will the balancing act prove to be too much for this budding designer? 

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The Gift Of Shiloh.

I’ve recently been the lucky recipient of a free signed copy of PHYLLIS REYNOLDS NAYLOR’S  latest book: SHILOH CHRISTMAS (Athenium 2105)  Talk about an awesome gift!  Opening it was like getting a visit from an old friend.  I’ve loved the Shiloh stores and can’t wait to read this latest addition.     tulsa print 2010 056 Phyllis Naylor

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To read more about the book series, and see a great article about Phylllis, check out the link below.


If you’re looking for a perfect gift for a middle grade reader in your life, give the gift of Shiloh.

Talking Turkey.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I am reminded of the many blessings I am privileged to enjoy.  One of those blessings is the continued support of all of you who follow and contribute to this blog.  Thank you for your kind comments, interesting posts, enthusiasm and energy.  May your blessings be many!

While not all of us eat turkey on Thanksgiving, it is a popular choice for many.  Thought you might enjoy a few “turkey facts” as you prepare your feast.

  1. Male turkeys “gobble” while females “coo”.
  2. A turkey’s droppings are used to tell its gender: Males leave J shaped droppings, females produce spirals. (Who knew?)
  3. A turkey can run up to 25 mph and fly as fast as 55mph.

For more turkey facts visit http://www.Smithsonian.com


Help Young Kids Learn With Curiosityville.

As an educator and parent, I’ve seen many websites with activities for children.  Here’s one I came across recently that uses the Science Of Learning in it’s lessons for children aged 3-7. CURIOSITYVILLE Features an international cast of furry characters for children to get to know through various lessons.  This website for educators features hundreds of activities and lesson plans for online and hands on activities.  It is also great for parents with a Home Connection feature.

I am not endorsing this site…just thought you might want to check it out.  http://www.curiosityville.com

Celebrate Picture Book Month With 3 Great PB’s

If you’re looking to do some early holiday shopping or just want to get some of the young children in your life some great picture books, here are three from KidLitAuthors Club author Nancy Viau.

Nancy Viau and Alison Formento, members of the Kid Lit Authors Club

Nancy Viau and Alison Formento, members of the Kid Lit Authors Club

  1. LOOK WHAT I CAN DO! – Cheer for animals from the forest, field, and stream as they learn and grow in this gently affirming tale for young achievers.

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2. STORM SONG – From the first BOOM to the last SPLASH, experience the sights, sounds, and excitement of a loud thunderstorm.          Storm Song bookcover


3. CITY STREET BEAT- Join two friends as they move and groove to the rock-n-roll and razz-ma-tazz of a city’s hip-hop beat.

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For more about the KidLit Authors Club please visit: http://www.kidlitauthorsclub.com                KidLit-logo jpeg

Bake it Forward: Make Some Treats and Help Feed the Hungry.

Help the Food Network and No Kid Hungry serve 1 Million Meals to children in need this holiday season.   Sign on to the Bake it Forward Promotion.

$1 donation will be made per post per unique author on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Post must be posted with proper hashtag during promo window.  #bakeitforward 

Maximum donation of $100,000. Promotion runs 11/1/15 12:01 am ET – 12/31/15 11:59 pm ET. Void where prohibited.

To get you inspired, here’s my recipe for OATMEAL FRUIT BARS

Filling: I C. of dried fruit. (I used dates. You can also use cherries, apricots or raisins.)
½ C. granulated sugar. 1 C. water. 1-1/2 tsp grated lemon peel.
Crust: 1 ½ C. flour ( I used whole wheat and regular)
2/3 C dark brown sugar. 1 ½ C. old fashioned or quick cook oatmeal (not instant).
½ C. chopped walnuts. 2 sticks melted butter ( or you can use 1 stick butter and ½ C canola oil)

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with foil. Grease or spray foil with non-stick spray.
2. Filling: Place diced fruit, sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat (NOTE: parents should assist children with this step). Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook for 12-15 minutes, until thick. Watch carefully toward the end; mixture may bubble and splash! Stir in lemon peel. Cool to lukewarm.

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3. Crust: Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in melted butter until well blended.
4. Remove one C. of crust mixture for later. Press the remaining amount evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the fruit mixture over this. Then Sprinkle the reserved crumb topping evenly. Press gently into an even layer.       2014-10-24 03.38.59



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5. Bake 40-45 minutes or until bubbles form around the edges of the pan. Cool on a rack 45 minutes, then cover and cool in refrigerator at least 4 hours.
6. Turn onto a cutting board. Peel off foil. Cut into bars with a sharp knife. These bars can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a couple weeks.

2014-10-24 20.00.09   Why not join the Food Network and No Kid Hungry and make something delicious to share this holiday season.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!