Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Chicken and Egg Jokes: Part 2

Why did the chicken cross the road?
Here are some more chicken and egg jokes to celebrate the one year birthday of the publication of HATCHING CHICKS IN ROOM 6.

Why are chicks so neat?
Because they always have a comb.

Why did the chickens sit on their eggs?
Because they didn’t have any chairs.

How did the egg get up the mountain?
It scrambled up.

How do comedians like their eggs?
Funny side up.

What do you call an egg that goes on safari?
An egg-splorer.

Who wrote the book, Great Eggspectations?
Charles Chickens

(For more chicken and egg jokes, check out last week's post.)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Chicken and Egg Jokes: Part 1

Why did the chicken cross the road?
Today is the one year birthday of the publication of HATCHING CHICKS IN ROOM 6. Let's celebrate by telling some chicken and egg jokes.
I'd love to hear your chicken and egg jokes too. Write them in the comments section.

What do you call a chicken that crossed the road, rolled in mud, then went back across the road?
A dirty double-crosser!

What do you get if you cross a chicken with a cement mixer?
A brick layer.

Which side of a chicken has the most feathers?
The outside.

How do chickens get into a hotel?
They chick-in.

How do chickens get strong?
They egg-cercize

What do you get when chickens lay their eggs on the roof of a barn?
Egg rolls.

Why did the chicken cross the playground?
To get to the other slide.

What do you call a chicken at the north pole?

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Cut-Paper Animals by Students at Coastal Grove School

I was away for the month of December and came home to a pile of mail including an envelope with wonderful cut-paper art and note from Jenny Hales, the Education Coordinator at Coastal Grove Charter School in Arcata, California. I had visited the school in October as part of the Humboldt County Author Festival. After my visit, the fifth grade students were inspired to create their own cut-paper art in the same manner I use for my books. I absolutely love the art--the students did a fantastic job of making the animals realistic and colorful. I especially like the texture of the paper and the use of watercolors to create various color shades.
Thank you so much for sharing!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

CYBILS Literary Award: Hatching Chicks in Room 6 is a Finalist

Happy New Year! I am back at my desk after a month away and opened my email this morning to discover (via a post on Facebook from Melissa Stewart) that Hatching Chicks in Room 6 is a finalist for the Cybils Award in the elementary/middle grade nonfiction category.
I wasn't aware of the Cybils Awards before, but they are nominated by people who blog about children's books. I am so pleased that my book is on the list!
Thanks so much to Claire Annette Noland for the nomination and to Ellen at On the Shelf 4 Kids for the excellent review:
You don’t need an egg tooth to crack this book open! Caroline Arnold’s photography documents the hands-on science happening in Jennifer Best’s kindergarten classroom. The book is organized chronologically by key days in the 21 day process of hatching chicks and once the hatching has occurred, the learning continues. The layout of the book includes full size photos and “eggs” of information. The backmatter includes online resources such as videos of different steps of the process and suggestions for further reading. Hatching Chicks in Room 6 offers an opportunity for students who might not have an incubator in their own classroom to get a close-up look at the life cycle of a chicken. Readers will scramble to get their hands on Hatching Chicks in Room 6.

Congratulations to all the Cybils finalists!

Monday, December 25, 2017


Nativities from around the world displayed in the Connecting Cultures Mobile Museum remind me of my own nativity collection, gathered over the years, often as we have traveled around the world. As we celebrate this holiday season with its message of joy, hope, peace and goodwill, we send best wishes to all of you for a very

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


Wiggle and Waggle sock puppets
Follow Wiggle and Waggle, two wormy best friends, through five wormy chapters as they dig in the dirt, work hard, and have fun swimming and singing.Click on the link to listen to Wiggle and Waggle singing and to find out more about their adventures in the garden.

Wiggle and Waggle stick puppets

Sunday, December 17, 2017

A Visit to the Eltham Public Library near Melbourne, Australia

Eltham Library, a Yarra Plenty Regional Library, near Melbourne, Australia
As I often do when I travel, I like to stop in at the local library, meet the librarians and take a look at the books. Last week, when I was in Eltham, Australia (near Melbourne) I visited the Eltham Public Library, located in a park near the Yarra River near the center of town. I had a nice chat with the librarian at the desk and left my card for the children’s librarian, who was away for the day. On my way out, I enjoyed looking at the current art exhibit in the gallery at the entrance to the library.
Community Art Gallery, Eltham Public Library