Writing for Children and Exploring their world

TEACHERS AND PARENTS......Peppers Special Secret is available. It can be purchased at Penitpublishcations.com or from Amazon.com. We are having a great time sharing this cute story with young children and helping them to discover Peppers Secret. Pepper runs away from loud noises and moving objects. What do you think her secret is?

 This book is an excellent addition to your school library or home book collection. It helps open the conversation with young children about what it feels like to be different and how young children can deal with their feelings about other physical challenges. The illustrations by Savannah Horton are so cute and really bring out the text of the short story. You won't be disappointed.

 Here is Peppers... isn't she cute. What can you tell is different about Peppers from her picture? Is that the secret?

Coming soon.... Pepper's Special Secret..... a soon to be released Picture Book that tells an endearing story about Pepper and her secret that makes her different yet oh so special. This cute story is a great one for the independent reader but also will be enjoyed as a read aloud by an adult. Pepper is a kitten that deals with something ( I can't reveal the secret ) that makes her stand out from other kittens. And just like sometimes children feel differen, kittens need a friend.  There are discussion questions included for the adults to help open the conversation about being different and making others feel included. I will post as soon as I have a release date from Pen It publishing but it will be soooooooooon!

Spring is in the air and now is the time to get off the electronics and explore your universe. Exploring can take all kinds of forms....reading, writing, visiting, creating, adventuring into the unknown....but most of all learning, enjoying, and expanding your point of view.

I am taking the same advice as I share with you and it will be in the form of reporting my adventures here as I research topics for a new nonfiction series of childrens books. What topics interest you? Creatures in the ocean? Not so famous women in history? Haunted houses?  Snakes? Disease, cure, medicine, science, astronomy. space, insects, ........Let's explore 2017 together and have the adventure of a lifetime just by reading and writing .....First stop will be.............You tell me.






September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness so time to bring out my Children's Picture book

The ABC's of Cancer According to Lilly Isabella Lane is a timeless picture book for kids with cancer or their friends who want to understand just a smiggen of what it is like to deal with cancer every day. Lilly is a fictional character based on several real life kids I have cared for over the years as a pediatric nurse. In the spunky and hopeful ABC format, Lilly lets the reader know some of what it is like to deal with cancer, things like Icky Stomach, Needles, Blood and urine tests, and all kinds of not so fun stuff that helps the doctors make Lilly better. It gives parents and adults the opportunity to talk openly about things like being bald or being too tired to play. It even brings up the D word... dying, because kids and their friends want to know about it and they may be too afraid to ask. The book also has a coloring book that complimemts the text.  
Ask your local library to get a copy or you can purchase the book and the coloring book at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble book stores. If they don't have it ask them to order it.  It has been illustrated by award winning Dawn Phillips and the colorful illustrations add fun and cheer. 

Look for more books in the series covering Juvenile Diabetes, Sickle Cell Anemia, Cystic Fibrosis, Juvenile Arthritis, and Cerebral Palsey to name a few..... real kids want to know.


Welcome to my author website

Hello friends,

Those of you who have  visited my page, click on the Blog tab for the newest entry. If you are new here Welcome:

I write all kinds of fun and interesting stories for children and I write some pretty cool stuff for adults too.  My favorite stories are about children who have a problem and find a good way to solve it. My next best thing to write about are different animals. I love kittens, puppies, ponies, and alpacas. Adults will like my prayerbook, and I am working on Christian fiction, a quilting book, and health and wellness ideas for mom and dad.

This website will feature stories, recipes, crafts, and interesting facts for children and their parents. Maybe we can share ideas about what you like to read. There will also be a chance for you to submit a story to share. I have all kinds of fun stuff planned for us. And I want mom and dad to enjoy what they find here too. No matter what kind of family you have, hopefully you will find interesting things to read, activities to try, and ways to stay healthy.

The very first item on my list is to find the ideas that interest you.  I need your help. Leave a comment and give me some suggestions for what you think a good topic would be? I can't wait to read your ideas.

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September 2017

School is in session.  Here are the topics I can bring to your school:

Writing Picture Books

Pepper's Special Secret and what it means to have special needs or challenges... activities to help children how it feels to have physical challenges.

First Aide for First Grade- simple tasks first graders can do in an emergency. Goes along with soon to be published easy reader on the subject.

First Aide for Second Grade- making a first aid kit for home... hands on activities for small groups. Goes along with a soon to be published easy reader on the subject.

Sharing Your State- brainstorming ideas for each classroom to help them write and illustrate their own book on their state.

As the author of a prayer book for adults and picture books for children, I have a passion for helping children learn to love reading and writing. As a nurse I can also offer children basic skills to help others in need and to recognize how satisfying it can be to develop these skills.

Watch for upcoming dates available for school visits and specific outlines for content to be posted here soon.






 Available for school visits or library visits to bring this adorable picture book to your classroom. Email me with questions or availability.

September 19th. Pen It! Publications and this author will be at Riley Childrens Hospital in Indianapolis for a book sale and reading to the children. Come check us out from 8 am to 5 pm. A portion of proceeds will benefit the hospital. We look forward to seeing you there.
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 I have a blog where I review books for children. Carla's Cloud Catastrophe is a funny and imaginative book for children ages 4-8. Carla is missing her birthday party because the clouds are falling from the sky into the town where she lives. Can you imagine if that reallly happened on your birthday? What would you do? It seems silly but oh what fun stomping through the clouds might be.

If mom or dad wants to read more about this fun book by children's author Beth Bence Reinke one click on the link will take them right to it.





Welcome to my author website

05/11/2013 06:39

New Image, New Goals, and so much more.....

I have changed the template for the website to fit our new home and where I now find inspiration for my writing...in  the  hills of Brown County Indiana. The beauty here is spectacular in a woodsy way, giving visitors the feel of  coming home. Log cabins, small town hospitality, and...
07/19/2011 05:53

Welcome Friends.

Welcome to this site. I am so glad you are here. I hope you find fun, information, ideas, and inspiration to make your day complete.

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My Ten Favorite Things

1. God 2. My family 3. Writing 4. Reading 5. Chocolate 6. Fabric 7, Sewing and quilting 8. Kids of all ages 9. Sunny days 10. Christmas  

My Favorite Part of a New School Year

My favorite part of starting a new school year or a new writing project is gathering my supplies. I love notepads, sticky notes, fun pens, and goofy paper to write my stories. What is your favorite part of starting a new school year? Is it the new teacher, making new friends, being in a new grade, or learning new things? If you really don't like school, is there one thing you can try this year to make it better? Write and let me know how your new school year is going? I would love to hear about it.

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09/12/2017 23:51


This season has been filled with many natural disasters which can be more than frightening for young children. Hurricanes, forest fires, flooding, and tornados have been a consistent thing for the past several weeks. As parents it can be difficult to help your child cope when you are in the midst...
07/19/2011 05:55

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