New Books!


This isn’t my usual sewing or crafting post, but my “real” job is writing education materials for students, teachers, and parents, and . . . my newest books are out!  These 14 books are part of a 60-title Classic Tales series consisting of retellings of short stories, folktales, fairy tales, pourquoi tales, myths, legends, and fables for kindergarten through second-grade readers.  Didn’t the artists do a fabulous job on the covers???  (My earlier books are at—click on the BOOKS link and then use the pull-down menu to select “Books for Students” or “Books for Teachers.”) Most of my assignments involve writing or editing teacher’s guides and language arts lessons, prototyping new products, and other non-book tasks, but they’re ALL challenging and fun.  Thank you for letting me share a bit about my other creative ventures today! ♥

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    • Even though I work at home, I try to keep “office hours” of 8-4 to match my publisher’s in-office time and then use evenings and weekends for family, friends, sewing, and crafting. Sometimes those lines get blurred, especially if I have a tight deadline, but that’s okay, too. I truly love everything I’m doing right now! 🙂

  1. Ha, that city mouse, country mouse could have been Jim & I when we first started dating. I had a house in the country but he lived in the city….I converted him but 20 years later, we’re back in the city…it’s a complete circle.

    • Thank you! 🙂 I’ve loved to write ever since I could hold a crayon, so I feel SO blessed to be able to do it for living now . . . and still have time to craft and sew, too! 🙂 P.S. I need to learn how to crochet again!!! I made ONE afghan years ago, so I know I can do it. It’s on my to-do list, and you inspire me! 🙂

    • The orange link that says “Classic Tales” leads to the publisher’s web site. But . . . they’re sold in 6-packs or classroom sets since they’re mainly used in schools. Thank you for asking though, Liz! 🙂

  2. What wonderful stories to work on! Some of my favorite quilting themes are based on fairy tales. (We did “Fairy Tales Gone Bad” in the BBC… They had a bit of dark humor. Mine was Snow White at the “Dwarf-a Day Diner”. LOL!

    • Thank you for the lovely compliment! I really love that I can use my teaching background in such a fun way. 🙂 But today is a sewing and crafting day . . . plus figuring out which plants to save since our first freeze is coming tonight! 🙂

      • Wow! First freeze already. It’s so easy to forget living in California. I need to come up with plan B for the lower garden bed. I had chicken wire for the top, but used mesh for the bottom. Cats could care less and used it as a litter box anyway. It will be a miracle if a single seed survives. Enjoy your crafting.

  3. Ooooooohhh! You get to do this, too???

    So…can I pull up a chair and listen to you read aloud? I’m furiously hoping you’ll oh so casually mention that you also just finished recording the accompanying DVD, which is available at my favorite learning center.

  4. Congratulations!!!
    Let me know if you ever do anything for teachers or children about vocal health (when I wear my other hat)… Doctors today are seeing more and more vocal abuse in younger and younger children. Unfortunately, once severe damage is done it can’t be reversed… Most everyone has a voice, but no one ever teaches anyone how to use it properly! Cheerio ~

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  7. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is my favorite childhood tale! I checked it out many times as a child from the school library, and when I went back to do my student teaching in my same elementary school, I squealed when I saw it on the shelf. Fabulous collection you have here, and I truly admire your work.

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