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Imaginary Friends: More Than Just Childhood Play
We recently took our kids to see the movie IF, and it got me thinking about imaginary friends and how they help kids as they grow up. My imaginary friends took the form of my stuffed animals. I thought they were all living and got into all kinds of t...
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Why Teaching Kids About Work Matters Plus a Sneak Peek of Scruffy Muffin Gets a Job
When my kids were little, I remember trying to explain what it meant when I had to leave to go to work. It was hard to explain and I always felt terrible leaving them. I think it's important for kids to learn early on what this work thing is all abou...
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Picture Book in Progress: A Behind the Scenes Look
If it seems like I've been working on Scruffy Muffin Gets a Job forever, that's because I have! I think I finished writing the story about four years ago, but I didn't start working on the illustrations right away. Then I got busy with the adult book...
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Unlocking Imagination: 7 Powerful Benefits of Wordless Stories for Children of All Ages
This month, I joined The Studio at Kids Comics Unite (KCU). It's an online membership for authors and illustrators aimed at helping us improve our skills for writing comics and, more specifically, graphic novels. Each month includes a challenge and F...
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Unleashing Creativity: Storytelling through Lego and Books for International Lego Day!
It's International Lego Day today and to celebrate, let's delve into the imaginative world of storytelling through Lego. This post is a tribute to the creative minds of our little builders and readers, especially fans of the exciting Ninjago series –...
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Veering Off on Valentine's is Free Until the End of February!
Great news for young readers and mystery enthusiasts alike! As a heartfelt thank you to our dedicated readers and to spread the 2024 love, we are thrilled to announce a very special offer. For a limited time Veering Off on Valentine's, the third capt...
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Zombies in the Classroom is Live: Read a Preview
I first shared Chapter 1 of Zombies in the Classroom here: Chapter 2 below...Cricket was late, but none of the other kids in her class would have thought so. She’d stil...
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Veering Off on Valentine's Chapter 1
1–Blizzard Jordan Cartwright sat at the dining room table, creating a valentine for her best friend Avery, when her brother Brody walked by. “Jordan’s got a boyfriend, Jordan’s got a boyfriend,” he sang. “I do not. Avery’s not my boyfriend,” she said...
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Halloway Hills Middle School Mysteries Books 1-3
Three short, page-turning mysteries for resistant readers ages 9-11 featuring mischievous cats and their middle grade owners.In Hiding Out on Halloween, Avery Mcintosh borrows the Super Ultimate Minecraft Hacks book from the school lib...
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Scruffy Muffin Gets a Video
I recently finished a storyboarding class through Athabasca University. I highly recommend it if you are interested in learning about storyboarding, illustration, and/or animation. As part of my final project I was required to record a video of my st...
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Zombies in the Classroom: Chapter 1 Preview
“Brilliant,” said Cricket, eyeing the dreamcatcher James held toward her. “B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T.”“Um . . . okay,” said James, placing his dreamcatcher on the desk.“It’s one of our spelling words,” said Cricket, tying the final jewel on her own dreamcatc...
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