Thursday, November 2, 2023

Italy and Roman Mythology

Last month my wife and I visited Rome and Sicily. It's a beautiful country with a rich culture. To get a taste of our trip, watch our reel

In celebration of our visit to Italia, my October newsletter focused on the importance of Roman mythology and other mythology inspired books in terms getting non-readers to read. I hope you enjoy them.

Friday, September 29, 2023

How to build readers with art


Legacy of Life by Howard Lyon
It's amazing what can happen when you combine art with the written word, whether it's picture books, graphic novels, or cover art. Not only does art have the ability to engage readers, but it improves comprehension and retention. 

Art speaks to our imagination and inspires. Learn more about the power that art brings to the written word in my latest issue of Worth & Soul of Words. Special thanks to Howard Lyon for is contribution to this month's issue.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Power of reading to newborns and older


Did you know that reading to you newborn all the way to age 5 can expose them to about 1.4 million words, which can give them head when it comes time to go to school? Impressive. Did you also know I'm working on a YA fantasy and we just had grandchild number three. Read and subscribe to my new newsletter, Worth & Soul of Words, to learn more.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

T-Rex a picky eater?

It’s true. T-Rex just joined the picky eaters club. Researchers in Japan recently discovered that T-Rex had nerve sensors in its jaw that allowed it to discern the tastiest parts of its food. They compare T-Rex’s complex distribution of nerves to that of today’s crocodiles and tactile-foraging birds, which have extremely keen senses.* 

What does that mean? If you didn’t taste good, T-Rex was likely to spit you out.

Want to share other, but perhaps more child-friendly T-Rex facts with your young ones? Check out “How to Care for Your T-Rex.

*Jason Goodyer, "Tyrannosaurus Rex may have been a picky eater." Science Focus, August 24, 2021.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

New T-Rex compare and contrast lesson plan

For the teachers out there, I've uploaded a new lesson plan to my website that teaches the concepts of comparing and contrasting by comparing T-Rex to people. It uses my latest picture book as a resource. Plus it has a cross-curriculum component that gives you the option to use comparing and contrasting to have students form or validate scientific hypotheses about T-Rex. Check it out at

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Happy Release Day!

How to Care for Your T-Rex is now available. Yay! If you want to celebrate with Buddy and me, join us at any of the following events: