Thanks Smart Apps for Kids for a great review of the Chancey app! “Bottom line: Friendship, sparkling hooves, a Viking helmet and gobs of information about popular horse breeds will make any little reading filly (or colt) happy while playing this app.” Read the full review: http://www.smartappsforkids.com/2013/10/chancey-of-the-maury-river-review.html The Chancey of the Maury River app from… Continue reading ♥♥ Smart Apps for Kids Likes Chancey App ♥♥
I wrote Chancey of the Maury River (Candlewick Press) because I love horses. The friendship between our late horse, Albert, and my daughter inspired the first story. Albert himself inspired so many folks, not only me. The second in the series, Macadoo of the Maury River, comes out this August. And, I'm having a total… Continue reading Coming Soon…Chancey of the Maury River App
My horse died yesterday, sometime in the early black hours when morning is still night. Or maybe just as dawn was breaking. I should say our horse not my horse. The litany of Albert’s belonging goes like this: He belonged to my family – my daughter, my husband, me. During our first twelve years of… Continue reading Rest in Peace My Sweet Albert
Just before Thanksgiving I spent an afternoon with the 4th grade at Bettie Weaver Elementary School in Chesterfield County. Bettie Weaver is a community of serious readers and writers, a school that prides itself on a high level of literary engagement.The school principal, a horsewoman and fellow boarder at Campbell Springs, invited me to share… Continue reading Yah, Boy!
Have you discovered this wonderful website, Great Horse Books for Horse Lovers, yet? Here, Vanessa Wright has curated one of the most comprehensive, helpful, and interesting online collections of horse books. You'll want to bookmark Great Books for Horse Lovers and Vanessa's other project, The Literary Horse, so you can easily return and explore the… Continue reading Great Books for Horse Lovers
Daffodils, Lenten Rose, downy new grass, and Albert shedding his coat like a snake sheds skin...all signs that spring is definitely emerging. Albert and I spent this afternoon getting ready for a Skype visit this week with a 5th grade class in Texas. The students are reading my book, Chancey of the Maury River. Albert… Continue reading Can Spring Be Far Behind?
One of the most awesome benefits of writing books for kids is that I get to visit schools and actually get to write WITH kids. It's really an honor sit around a table, bowed over a waiting page, using the written word to explore the world within and around us. Writing together. Whenever I spend… Continue reading Inside a Book: An interview with book artist, Sherry Fatla, Candlewick Press
I am a big believer that books can mostly be written in the space of time stolen here and there from a busy life of parenting, working, running around like a crazy chicken. Twenty minutes on a Tuesday night...four hours on Saturday...two and half on Sunday. We can train ourselves to make good, creative use… Continue reading A Sense of Place
My husband, Bubba, and I spent Sunday in Loudon County for a Chancey of the Maury River book event at the American Academy of Equestrian Sciences (AAES) in Leesburg, Virginia. As we drove through Fauquier, Prince William, and Loudon County stately horse farms lined both sides of the road for the last half of a… Continue reading Sunday Drive
Tomorrow night, I'm visiting a local 4-H club to talk about my book, Chancey of the Maury River. This club meets at our barn, right across the green from Albert's stall. We have sunny, warm weather here in Virginia today, so I think we'll hold our talk outside, with Albert. A week of rain turned… Continue reading Beautification