An Exploration of THEME in “Emmanuel’s Dream”

Title: Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Author: Laurie Ann Thompson Illustrator: Sean Qualls Publisher: Schwarz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Year: 2015 Word Count: 850 (estimate) A few weeks ago I was at the local library for baby story time with my son. Afterward, I made my usual… Read more »

14:14 – A Picture Book Blogging Challenge

            This month I’ve decided to take on the 14:14 in 2015 Blogging Challenge at Christie Wild’s Write Wild Blog. The goal is to read 14 picture books in 14 days and share a lesson on how each book helps to illustrate a particular story element. The story elements are:… Read more »

Story Prompts: What’s In a Name?

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. . . – Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet   What’s in a name? Perhaps more than Juliet was willing to admit. One of my favorite storytelling prompts is to ask people to share the story of… Read more »

Defined by Relationship

I became a mom on March 26th of this year, and it was honestly the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. For years lots of people had been telling me that it would be; but to be honest, I wasn’t sure how I would take to the whole motherhood thing. When I first… Read more »

Mourning with Compassion: On the Passing of Robin Williams

This week the world lost a brilliant storyteller and creative talent with the passing of Robin Williams. His tragic death as well as so many other horrible things happening in the news as of late has left me convinced that the world is in dire need of more compassion. All too often we are quick… Read more »