Oh my. Teachers. How I have thought of you and prayed for you over the last year. 2020 has been a year of wondering and worrying. Yet, I have seen the hoops you have jumped through for your students this year. I offer this post with gratitude and deep respect. AND speaking of gratitude and deep respect…I could NOT pull off a giveaway such as this without each and every author/illustrator here… Read More

. GLOBAL READ ALOUD, a bonafide international movement created by the fantastico, Pernille Ripp, is almost upon us! I cannot even TELL you how honored I am by this. By all of the readers who will be meeting Ally, Albert, Keisha and the others. I never take it lightly. I promise you that. I wish I could visit EVERYONE! I also wish that I could respond to every Skype request with a… Read More

. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, TEACHERS AND LIBRARIANS! ❤ ❤ ❤ . It’s no secret to those of you who know me that I just adore and respect teachers and librarians who are out there every day with kids–reaching out to them with just the right book or just the right conversation and changing lives. As is said often in children’s literature circles, books offer both mirrors and windows to readers. We often discover… Read More

Hello, Global Read Aloud Readers! I really just wanted to thank you all for jumping in to do #GRA14 this year. Thanks to those of you who chose Murphys as your GRA–but thanks to the rest of you as well! To be honest, with the amazing choices that were offered for 2014, *I* would have had a hard time choosing! So, I’m pretty honored and humbled if you chose Murphys. Thanks, again. It was… Read More