Monday, April 12, 2021

CELEBRATE THE EARTH with A WARMER WORLD on the SCBWI Recommended Reading List

Look for my book A WARMER WORLD on the SCBWI recommended reading list for April in the section for nonfiction books. (The list is alphabetical, so go to the end.)

Celebrate the Earth
This month, SCBWI celebrates the most precious resource we have: Earth. On this list, you will find books that create awareness of the environment, celebrate the plants and animals and bodies of water around us, and promote clean living and a healthy, sustainable habitat for both people and wildlife. So grab a book and celebrate our World.

Author:Caroline Arnold
Book Description:From polar bears to butterflies, how climate change impacts wildlife. As the world grows warmer animals everywhere have had to adapt--or face extinction.
Publication Date:2012
Publisher:Charlesbridge Publishing


Tuesday, April 6, 2021


Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library, LAPL

Did you know that April 4-10 is National Library Week? This year's theme is "Welcome to Your Library," reminding us that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of our buildings, as many of us learned over the past year throughout the COVID-19 pandemic when in-person visits have not been possible.

I want to thank the Los Angeles Public Library and all the people who work there for making books available through the Library to Go program. I so appreciate being able to "check out" books for my book clubs, my research and for pleasure reading. Special thanks to everyone the Palms-Rancho Park Branch, my local library--just a ten minute walk from my house.

Monday, April 5, 2021



Every year at this time I get out my Ukrainian Easter Egg tools to make new eggs to add to my collection. Using a kistka (a tool with a hollow pointed tip) to apply the melted wax, I draw my designs before dipping the egg in dye. With each succeeding color I add more designs. At the end, I melt the wax on the egg and rub it off, revealing the completed pattern. 

My eggs are an amateur version of the beautiful eggs made by professional Ukrainian egg artists. For more about Ukrainian eggs (pysanky) and how to make them, click HERE.

Note: The Ukrainian Orthodox church will celebrate Easter on May 2, 2021. It is on the Sunday following the paschal full moon, which is the full moon that falls on or after the spring equinox. Orthodox Easter will usually fall later in the year than Western Christian Easter because Orthodox Easter uses the Julian calendar and the latter uses the Gregorian calendar.