Puppies, piglets, & polar bear cubs. Elephants, horses & cuddly kittens. Let’s not forget about goslings or owls. Are you like me, feeling lonely, a bit bored and short on hugs during the pandemic? Heat up some hot chocolate and grab a bowl of popcorn. I’ve put together a list of my all-time favorite films … More Warm-Fuzzy Films
Sea turtles have always been thought to be loners. Turns out, these ocean reptiles may not be total party animals, but they do like to check each other out sometimes. Marine biologist Nathan Robinson studies juvenile green sea turtles in The Bahamas. He designed and built a camera that fits on a sea turtle’s shell. … More Sea Turtle ‘Dash Cam’
What flavor is Blue Moon ice cream? Do Holstein cows produce the best milk? How do you become a food scientist? These are just a few of the questions I’ll answer for a story I’m writing about ice cream. I’ve set off across The Dairy State, notebook in hand, ready for my investigation. It’s a … More Ice Cream Science Sleuth
Kids these days…are heroes! Youth activists from around the world attended Ocean Heroes Bootcamp in Vancouver, British Columbia at the end of June and I was there to watch, learn and be inspired. Pre-teens and high schoolers get training on how to create campaigns to beat plastic pollution. Kids I spoke with come to bootcamp armed with … More Kids Stomp out Plastic Pollution
Children’s book author Pat Zietlow-Miller led a Wisconsin SCBWI-sponsored program all about using favorite picture books (mentor texts) for inspiration to create something equally wonderful but uniquely your own. Thanks Pat! I’ve got lots of ideas brewing.
My daughter Savannah & I met Barbara Josse, author of one of our favorite children’s books–“I Love You the Purplest.” When our children ask, “Mommy, who do you love the most?”, we are momentarily tongue-tied. How can we answer this question? We love and cherish them in unique ways. Author, Josse finds a beautiful and … More I Love You The Purplest
Mary Alice Monroe visited Boswell Books this week. I got a much needed dose of inspiration from this accomplished author who, like me weaves ecology themes and a love of nature into the story she tells. Have been ‘stuck’ with plot revisions after finishing the first draft of my middle grade novel, but am now motivated to get … More Boswell Books Author Talk