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December 3, 2021

December 3, 2021

21 More Days Until Christmas!... Today is Day 3 of the story, and it's a special day for Belinda! Today is the day she can tell her friends at school why her mom is so far away.   If your mom was far away, I'll be that your friends would have questions too, so be sure...

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December 2, 2021

December 2, 2021

Bedtime Stories and Hard Questions!   If you read yesterday's story, you know that Belinda's mom had a very hard question for her!  And today, Belinda is ready to begin finding answers and drawing pictures of her ideas! She likes to show her mom the pictures on Skype...

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December 1, 2021

December 1, 2021

Oh no! You don't have a book yet?... It's okay! The first story starts today, but there are TWENTY-FIVE stories, and it's easy to catch up.  Here's a picture of Custard, who is a big star of the story (you definitely want to meet Custard!).  My family reads a story...

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November 30, 2021

November 30, 2021

Advent Starts Tomorrow! Time to Start Reading!...   What an exciting time! If you already have a copy of The Girl Who Found Christmas: An Advent Calendar Storybook, you are ready to curl up and read! If not, you'll be able to catch up on the bedtime stories once you...

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November 10, 2021

November 10, 2021

Did you know...  Children can color their own version of Belinda, Custard and their snowman? There is a link from the home page of this site (or simply click here to download the page). Many thanks to illustrator Dayne Sislen who created a different version of her...

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November 9, 2021

November 9, 2021

Time to be Thankful... In 1987 I began celebrating Thanksgiving by writing Thank You notes to people who had made a difference in my life during that year. Writing those Thank You notes has now become an important tradition. One that is often more satisfying than the...

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November 8, 2021

November 8, 2021

Illustrators Make Magic...        When I finished writing The Girl Who Found Christmas, I knew I needed a special illustrator. It was my incredible good fortune that I found Dayne Sislen. I told her that I had written about a little girl who was practically exploding...

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November 4, 2021

November 4, 2021

Finding Christmas: the Song...   Most people don't know that Belinda's journey is accompanied by a song, and the picture of the guitar is intended to honor my friend Roger Sullins who performed it exactly as I hoped. I wrote the lyrics and the music, but Roger brought...

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November 1, 2021

November 1, 2021

National Literacy Day...   I must have looked at hundreds of images before I chose this one. I'll bet people who place great value on literacy will understand why I chose a picture in which a child cannot possibly be reading anything! There were many pictures of a...

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October 30, 2021

October 30, 2021

56 Days Till Christmas! I was looking at Advent Calendars today because a little girl told me that she didn't know what an Advent Calendar was! Wow! Advent Calendars usually have a door with a number on it for every day in December, so that children can prepare for...

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