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Busy Builders, Busy Week! Book Bash Day 1

Welcome, friends! My latest picture book, BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! is out in the world. YIPPEE! In this story, you’ll meet a colorful cast of animal characters building something wonderful and whimsical for their community! Each day of the week features a different construction activity as the digging, dumping and ‘dozing lead up to one stupendous… Read more »

BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! Book Birthday

Welcome, friends! My latest picture book, BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! is out in the world. YIPPEE! In it, you’ll meet a colorful cast of animal characters building something wonderful and whimsical for their community! Each day of the week contains a different construction activity as the digging, dumping and ‘dozing build up to one stupendous… Read more »

Feeling the Love from Rhinelander!

My Skype visit with first graders in Rhinelander, Wisconsin was one of my favorites of the year! And the happiness continued a week later when their lovely letters and art arrived in the mail. Thank you, students and teachers for such a warm and gracious “getting to know you.”        

Oh Happy Day! Two New Picture Books on the Way!

One manuscript was older. The other, brand new! But they wrapped up nicely in a two book deal to the editor who purchased my PUP 681 picture book as well. Here’s the announcement from Publishers Marketplace: “BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! author Jean Reidy’s WHEN THE SNOW IS DEEPER THAN YOUR BOOTS ARE TALL, about a… Read more »

My 1-3-1 Poetry Exercise

When I was a child, I loved reading poetry. But later in life when I learned to analyze and deconstruct poems, my passion faded. Poetry can be hard to decipher. And when you try too hard, the deciphering can bog you down. I developed this quick poetry exercise to help me read and think about… Read more »

YIPPEE! I’m Over the Moon About Luna!

If any of you know “Luna” at the Shedd Aquarium, then you can understand why I’m so, SO excited about my latest book deal for a story based on her story. If you haven’t yet met Luna, I encourage you to take a gander at the Shedd Aquarium website for a journey into adorableness. Here’s… Read more »

Time Travel for Kindergarteners – Guest Post by Susan Lynn Meyer

When I read New Shoes several weeks ago, I knew I had to invite author, Susan Lynn Meyer to my blog. Susan takes a micro-fact in the history of the Jim Crow era and turns it into a story of resilience and courage in the face of injustice. New Shoes (illustrated are by Eric Velasquez)… Read more »

Laurie Ann Thompson: Why dogs – and simple stories – are the best!

When I first heard about Laurie Ann Thompson’s latest picture book My Dog is the Best, I thought, “Brilliant! Simply brilliant!” – emphasis on the word “simply.” And the reviewers agree. “This simple, quiet story conveys the enduring bond between child and dog, with the added appeal of a joke that younger children just beginning… Read more »