Who Was Aloha Wanderwell?

AHOLA WANDERWELL THE MOST TRAVELED GIRL IN THE WORLD Have you heard of Aloha Wanderwell? No? Neither had I. Then I started reading her memoir, A Call to Adventure, and I thought … how in the world did I not know about this person? Aloha was an explorer, filmmaker, actress, vaudevillian, aviatrix, author, and essentially, the model […]

Shanghai, here we come!

Looking forward to our upcoming trip to the Concordia International School in Shanghai, China!    

Five Fun Ways to Encourage Summer Reading

We’re gearing up through our June tour throughout the South. In July we’ll head to New York, New Jersey, and…VEGAS, baby! We’ll be doing our Comedy Story Theater Shows, but all the shows will focus on Summer Reading.  How can you get kids excited to read over the summer? Come to one of our shows, […]

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference

Whew! It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. My excuse? I’m working hard on a new middle grade novel. I tend to let everything else slide when I’m deep in revision mode. But I did have to take just a moment to gush about the amazing SCBWI conference in Miami this weekend. It was chock full […]

Rattlebone Rock ROCKS!

Folks in the town  Still talk of the night When the moon on the graveyard Shone so bright That the spirits there Made the tombstones knock And the beat began for the Rattlebone Rock. BOOMA-BOOM!  BOOMA-BOOM! And so begins RATTLEBONE ROCK, one of my all time favorite Halloween books for kids. And I’mnot just saying that […]

STEAM TRUNK CIRCUS Indiegogo Campaign

So excited about our new indiegogo campaign. Please click the link to see what it’s all about and support creativity in education! Please help us spread the word by sharing it directly from the Indiegogo page. Thanks!! Go to  http://bit.ly/15fsn3n    

A Very Cheesy Contest – Win a Copy of The Great Pizza Contest Book!

Ever been to the town of Mozzarella? You have if you’ve been to a live production of THE GREAT PIZZA CONTEST show or read the popular kids book by yours truly. It’s the cheesy tale of two feuding pizza makers, Vincent Van Dough and Leonardo Da Munchi. Vincent thinks the dough is the most important […]

WEIRD Books Inspire Reading!

Yesterday, Kenny and I were guest readers at Pine Jog Elementary School. It was a blast! We visit lots of elementary schools, but we’re usually on a stage in the cafetorium  (love those cafetoriums) doing one of storytheater shows or our test-taking show. Shows are fun, but it’s also good to get up close and […]

Good Books, Good Times

I was going through my bookshelves today and came across an autographed copy of GOOD BOOKS, GOOD TIMES with poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins. I forgot how much I enjoy the poems in this little gem. It’s was the perfect inspiration for me as I begin prepping for a Book SmARTS and Crafts workshop […]


This holiday season I’m grateful for books that make me laugh out loud! Wendy Silvano’s hilarious picture book TURKEY TROUBLE does just that. I picked it up off a library shelf this summer just before I went “on stage” to perform a Summer Reading Program show, and I could not stop giggling (not quite sure […]

Zombie Tag-A Fun Game for Halloween (or any time of the year!)

Zombie Tag is a great game for Halloween or any time you need to bring a little life (or death) to a party. It’s also a great team-building game because the group has to work together to tag the other players. Make it a Book SmARTS activity and Read: A Zombie’s Guide to the Human […]

Zombie in Love: A Great Book for Halloween

ZOMBIE IN LOVE by Kelly DiPucchio is one of my all time favorite picture books, and a perfect read for the Halloween season. It’s might be hard to “wrap your brain” around the idea that a book about a lonely zombie could work for younger kids, but Ms. DiPucchio pulls it off beautifully. Here’s a […]