May 312014
 

Now for real actual fun (give it a moment to show up – it’s a big file). This is something we did at the Globe. I wrote it, Kagan McLeod did a phenomenal job on illustration. Thanks to my awesome editor for letting me do stuff I want.

The only way to eradicated false limitations is to stop acknowledging them.

The only way to eradicated false limitations is to stop acknowledging them.

Feb 062014
 

Just print and cut! Sorry, no boy options: if that is a personal bummer for you, take it up with the God of baby gender assignment for giving me three girls. Also, make sure you print one for every kid in the class because: A. You’re supposed to now, and B. Perhaps you also have memories of getting, like, three cards. It was shitty.

Enjoy!

Click on each image to download PDFs, then give it a minute. It should work, but if you encounter problems, heartily complain in a comment and I’ll fix it.

 

Two per sheet:

ChloeValentine

One per sheet:

EmilyValentine2

Feb 022014
 
Little Lola by Julie Saab and David Gothard

Little Lola by Julie Saab and David Gothard

First, you should know that David Gothard is a colleague of mine and he is a terrifically nice and talented person with super-cute kids, which will obviously make this review non-biased, but we’re not running a newspaper here in blog-ville, are we? No, we are not. We love journalism and we love not-journalism.

Second, you should know that I would have liked the book even if I didn’t know David, because I love kids’ books where the narrator reacts to the events unfolding, as opposed to the narrator telling the story. In this book, this device is particularly well-executed because the voice shifts from “this is is Little Lola. She woke up early today” to “Lola! Where are you going?” And then we are all along on the ride together. And the ride, luckily for those of us reading to elementary school kids, is a very fun tour of school goodness. Little Lola hops on the bus to school and does all the fun things that make elementary school some of the finest years of our lives, even though at the time we were too busy worried Mrs. Weasler’s math stink-eye to realize this. Lola, being a cat and knowing gradeschool is awesome, enjoys learning about writing, and reading, and painting, and sharing, and shapes, and childlike enthusiasm. Which is appropriate because that’s clearly what went into writing and illustrating this book.

Oct 082012
 

The name of the person who is solely responsible for me not posting very much for the last, oh, few months is: Heather Alexander. If you have a complaint, please direct it to her. The GOOD news is that we’ve been so busy because she wrote a book that I love, love, love and was gracious enough to let me illustrate and design it. It’s now available on Amazon, eBook, and Kindle.

The other part of the good and bad news is that I can get back to regular blogging now, but I really miss corresponding with her constantly.

Also, we got a cat. I was thinking something was missing in my life and maybe I should go back to church, but it turns out I didn’t need more God, just more cat.