Books Now and For Summer

Hi Friends!! So happy to see you!

Book Cover for Cut From Strong Cloth

Book Cover for Cut From Strong Cloth

Summer is coming and lazy days reading while drinking lemonade by the pool. Or beach. Or like me, at home on the deck. So like Chuck Wenig , asked, “Watcha Reading?”

I Just finished Linda Sittig’sCut From Strong Cloth   and for my book club which I hosted I read and selected, Bryan Johnson’s “Just Mercy.” “Just Mercy” is a memoir about how a lawyer, Bryan Johnson, who has been defined both as a modern day Atticus Finch and as America’s Nelson Mandela; “who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need, and women and children trapped” in our criminal justice system.

This book tells you about the cases he worked on and not all people can stomach reading it from start to finish. It is so raw and personal. Unforgettable. I was inspired to give away four of my own picture books  to a prison ministry where incarcerated mothers and grandmothers read picture books and their children get a tape of them reading along with the book. I am looking into doing more, too.  For, Just Mercy is just so inspiring.

So now I want to know two things.

1: Watcha reading now and

2: Watcha going to read this summer?

I’m going to read more books by my friends from Pennwriters.

Susan Meier’s book, Her Summer With the Marine

  1. J. Lyon’s, Hard Fall and Nerves of Steel
Annette Dashfy's LOST LEGACY

Annette Dashfy’s LOST LEGACY

And Annette Dashofy’s, Lost Legacy

Also in my Kindle are other books by friends I intend to read, Shirley Hershey Showalter’s Blush, and my own eTreasures Publishing author, John Joseph Doody’s The Wonk Decelerator.

I enjoyed reading about Helen Cavanah, a strong woman in a historical fiction so much, that next I read, I Am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith. It is about Caesar Octavian’s wife and written like a memoir. What a terrific read! I loved that so much that I immediately started reading the follow up by author, Michelle Moran, Cleopatra’s Daughter.  This is promising to be as enjoyable.

I am relearning something I have always known, I love historical fiction!!

What about you? What do you love?

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Rosie’s Magic Horse/ #PPBF

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In our imagination we can do anything. We can climb big buildings, make millions, or become superman and fly. Or we can write for children. Russell Hoban did just that with his imagination. This book is a wonder of the imagination and reminded me of when I was a child and capable of these things.


Book cover_Rosie's Magic HOrse_dTitle: Rosie’s Magic Horse

Author/ Illustrator : Russell Hoban / Quentin Blake

Publishing info: 2012; Candlewick Press, all ages

Themes:  /adventure, affecting others, helping parents, imagination, dreams

First Three Sentences : There was an ice-pop stick with ice-cold sweetness all around it, white on the inside, pink on the outside. Then the sweetness was gone, and the stick fell to the ground. “The sweetness is gone,” said the stick. “No more sweetness.”

Summary From amazon site: “ Once its icy sweetness is gone, a discarded ice-pop stick is lonely until young Rosie comes by and lays it in a cigar box with others like it. But this stick wants to be something! Meanwhile, just before bed, Rosie sees her parents worrying over their bills. That night, wishes intertwine when Rosie dreams of a horse named Stickerino galloping out of the cigar box. “Where to?” he asks. “Anywhere with treasure!” says Rosie. A girl and a horse galloping over cities, jungles, and an icepop mountain leads up to a clever heist of a gold-filled pirate chest — and a happy ending at home — in this wildly imaginative adventure.


Resources:  here is a guide with correlations to the common core : 

For more ideas and flannel board look on pinterest

Or read the story to your students without showing them the   illustrations and have them draw the pictures of what they imagine is going on in the story.

Why I love it : Russell Hoban has published more than forty children’s books and I can see why. He is just as imaginative as a child. Rosie’s Magic Horse which is  just a pop stick takes you on an adventure just like if you were a child thinking up this story. One idea leads to another. Quentin Blake’s illustrations are like eye candy to deliver the goods. This is one fantastic pair. From talking sticks to one’s that have big dreams, the help solve Rosie’s parents problems. How? I am not telling.


For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

And for her Pinterest board look here :

Also there is another blog Susanna started with alphabetizing here :

So you see? There is no scarcity of places to look for picture books. Enjoy!!

See you on Tuesday! and again next Friday with another Perfect Picture Book.

Have a Happy Happy Weekend!




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For Annie, Click here:



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10 Minutes With Mr. Sharp

I am just getting started with listening to podcasts and boy am I glad I heard this one. About how one third grader learned to love books.

Listen to it and tell me what you think, Ok?


I have loved podcasts for years. I consume between 1-3 hours of podcasts a day. This love of podcasts created in itch in me to start my own. I’ve scratched and ignored this itch for years, but it is time to dive in.

Below you will find the first episode of 10 Minutes With Mr. Sharp. I’m excited about this adventure, and I am sure that it will be a bit of a wild ride.

If you have any suggestions for how I could make it better, please let me know. I’d like to get good at this.

You can find the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the image below.

10 Minute With Mr. Sharp

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Clarbojahn Presents! Linda Sittig, Author of Cut From Strong Cloth

Hi Friends!

I Just finished Linda Sittig’s historical novel “Cut From Strong Cloth” and boy was I impressed! Not only is Linda Sittig a fellow Writer’s buddie from my writing group Round Hill Writer’s Group that I belong to but she also belongs to my Pennwriters group. After hearing weekly about her progress with the book I just had to read it. Never mind that I wanted to support her. And she blew me away. I LOVED the book and wanted to have here on my blog.

About the book from amazon:

Book Description

Book Cover for Cut From Strong Cloth

Book Cover for Cut From Strong Cloth

“Publication Date: November 21, 2014

At nineteen, Ellen Canavan lives for the dream of her late father: to succeed in business. But being a woman in 1861, she finds the path to entrepreneurship blocked many times over. The threat of war, her mother’s disapproval, and even a malicious arsonist threaten to limit the aspiring textile merchant to the status of impoverished Irish immigrant. As she travels from the factories of Philadelphia to the riverfront wharves of Savannah with her business mentor, James Nolan, the Civil War explodes amidst their blossoming love, and the two are separated. Can Ellen’s undaunted, fiery strength guide her through a divided nation, or must she abandon her dream in order to save her own life?”

Here is my Amazon review:

So let’s ask some questions. I’ll pretend I don’t know her and don’t know anything about her progress or how she came to write it.

Linda? How did you come across this idea and how did you come to write this book?

LHS: While doing some genealogical research on my mother’s family I came across an ancestor buried with only my great-grandfather’s name for identification. I started out just to locate her name, but I wound up with her amazing story of how she and my great-grandfather made this special cloth for soldiers’ uniforms in the Civil War.

What was the hardest part of writing it for you?

LHS: I worked with David Hazard, a great writing coach and he had to convince me to embellish the family story so it could become a full fledged novel.

What was most surprising?

LHS: I didn’t even know that Ellen Canavan had married my great-grandfather because I descend from his second wife, Sarah Brady. 

After all the research was done and you began to write was there any time your doubts about it became so big that you almost gave up? Or were you always sure you would go forward and finish it?

LHS: I did have doubts, mostly that anyone else would find Ellen’s story as riveting as I had. But then I was determined to finish the book and get her story out there. 

What does your family think about you and the book now that you wrote a book about one of your ancestors? How did you come to know about this ancestor?

LHS: Unfortunately my parents are no longer alive. I know my mother would have loved the book. My dad died about a year before it was published, but he did get to read the early proofs. I think what I like the most was how my two daughters reacted, they were proud of me for writing the book and amazed at Ellen Canavan Nolan’s story. 

All in all how long did it take to write this book? And once you got going how long?

LHS: It took me two years to write the book because I kept on going back and revising what I had written.

Did you have a critique group? or beta readers? How many times did you have it edited? And explain that.

LHS: I do! I belong to the Round Hill Writers Group and they critiqued various parts of the manuscript. I also asked 10 different people to become my beta readers. They read the finished manuscript and gave me great insight into any parts that were confusing.

I know that you explain quite a bit about your research in the book but could you go into it a little bit here for my readers?

LHS: I started with as many primary sources that I could find, mostly in Philadelphia and in Savannah. The highlight was when the special map librarian from the Free Library in Philadelphia was able to locate the actual factory schematics for the Nolan Factory. I stood there looking at the 1861 documents and I actually cried. 

About the Author:

Linda Sittig, Author of Cut  From Strong Cloth

Linda Sittig, Author of Cut From Strong Cloth

One Fun Fact You Didn’t Know About Me:  I was the Hula Hoop Champion of my 6th grade class in Glen Rock, New Jersey. I finally graduated from spinning hoops to spinning stories. 

Born in New York City, and raised in northern New Jersey, I was lured into historical fiction by Anya Seton’s, The Turquoise. Now a spinner of historical fiction myself, I love to weave stories of unforgettable characters set in emotionally charged settings. Combining my passion for history and strong female protagonists, I blog at  My debut novel, Cut From Strong Cloth, pays tribute to the power of one woman’s perseverance.

Thanks so much, Linda! I am honored to have you on my blog.

It has been so much fun having here visiting with us, Linda! Thanks again.

Friends? If you want to know more about Linda go to her web site .  You will be met with her book coach, David Hazard. Also you can see her LinkedIn page here.

Please send me and Linda your questions in the comments. If there is something I Forgot to ask please ask it. Linda will see your questions and answer them as well. We love comments!!


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Time of Wonder/ #PPBF

Hi Friends!

I hope you had a great week and that the upcoming weekend will be even better!! Can you believe another weekend is upon us? they fly by like birds in the sky. so fast I want to slow them down. This weeks selection will make you think of vacation and slower times. Here’s for a great vacation !

Book Cover for a Time of Wonder._AA160_Title: Time of Wonder

Author / Illustrator : Robert McCloskey

Publishing info : Viking Press (first printing was in 1957 and this one was in 1985) But the book is new and newly printed. fiction for enjoyment for all ages

First Three Sentences : “Out on the  islands that poke their rocky shores above the waters of Penobscot Bay, you can watch the time of the world go by, from minute to minute, hour to hour, from day-to-day, season to season. You can watch a cloud peep over the Camden Hills, thirty miles away across the bay — see it slowly grow and grow as it comes nearer and nearer; see it darken the hills with its’ shadow; and then, see it darken, on after the other, Islesboro, Western Island, Pond Island, Hog Island, Spectacle Island, Two Bush Island — darken all the islands in between, until (page turn )you,on your island, are standing in the shadow,watching the rain begin to spill down way across the bay.”

Summary From amazon site : “The spell of rain, gulls, a foggy morning, the excitement of sailing, the quiet of the night, the sudden terror of a hurricane, and the peace of a Maine island as a family packs up to leave are shown in poetic language and vibrant, evocative pictures.”

Resources : Pre and post discussion for  viewing the film made from this book.

And some of the questions it asks are these : ‘Ask the children where they like to go on vacation. How does the weather affect where they go? For example, they might like to go to the seashore in the summer. What happens when it rains? What does their family do together then? Write a story: Once, when my family and I were on vacation, it….. so we….. “


Why I love it : Just read the first three sentences and you’ll get it. The whole book is just poetic with watercolor paintings sparking the dream of going to Maine to experience the story line. Right after reading it the first time and pouring over the illustrations I re read it again and enjoyed it just as much. Robert McCloskey is a famous picture book author having written “Blueberries for Sal” and “Make Way for Ducklings” books you are familiar with. And this one is just as lovingly outstanding. He makes it so believable you feel like you ARE experiencing his summer in Maine as a child. That you are the one getting ready for that hurricane. So if he can do that to me as an adult, imagine what a child would feel? Terrific right?

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

And for her Pinterst board look here :

Also there is another blog Susanna started with alphabetizing here :

So you see? There is no scarcity of places to look for picture books. Enjoy!!

See you on Tuesday! and again next Friday with another Perfect Picture Book.

Have a Happy Happy Weekend!


You can buy my books on Amazon , For Edmund, click here:

For Annie, Click here:


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NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

I love the National Association for Mental Illness or NAMI. I am a member and support it with donatations as well. I read there newsletter from cover to cover and love their online one, too.

Here Friend to Yourself has done a post on it.

Friend to Yourself

Hello Friends,

I’m enjoying this all too fast passing time at the APA annual meeting in Toronto. What I am most enjoying is the education, the community and connection with new and old friends, and the reminder of what this is all about – you and I. In honor of us, I’m “pressing” this excellent post from our national advocators and stigma-fighters at NAMI.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | NAMI: The National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Check it out and let me know your thoughts. How does this resonate, or not, with you. We need to hear!

Be well and keep on!


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Three Go-To Writing Sites For You

Hi Friends!

I realize I feel best when helping others achieve their dreams.

My Books! in logo by Margot Finke.

My Books! in logo by Margot Finke.

So I want to tell you of  John Yeoman’s free service for four weeks. You get four weeks of free feedback to making stories better before committing to more. :

Sound too good to be true? Just click on the link and see. I get nothing in return. I Just subscribe to his newsletters and he told me about it. I also saw it on  C. Hope Clark’s  newsletters so thought it a good thing and wanted to pass it along to you.

In the same vein I saw this from book baby : All you have to do is enter a contest  by plugging your info into it to win a publishing dream .

I finished my first rough draft of my memoir and sent it on to my editor and memoir teacher, Brooke Warner for feedback. She said I’d get it back at the end of June. So excited! That will give me so much more to go on and a real plan for revising.

On Monday my stitches come out. *Yay!*

Also soon my new website will be up and running. Just need to do some off-line calling and Stacy Jensen will have it all ready for me. Then you can access this blog from it and see my books and info all in one place. I can’t wait.

Until next Friday! See you then. XOXO



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