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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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October 29, 2021

October 29, 2021

Do You Remember a Special Halloween? I am always glad to hear from readers whose children enjoyed The Girl Who Found Christmas. But I also enjoy hearing about other experiences, like first trick or treat and the first pumpkin carving. I love hearing about kids whose...

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December 22, 2020

December 22, 2020

More Belinda Magic!      Like any Advent Calendar, The Girl Who Found Christmas ends on December 25. But some of Belinda's readers would like to know what happens next...  what happens when her mom comes home?  Even Belinda wants to know WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?? Does she...

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December 17, 2020

December 17, 2020

A Very Special Review...  AND Only Eight More Days!   I am always glad to hear from readers whose children enjoyed The Girl Who Found Christmas. But yesterday I got a review that made me cry happy tears. An Instagram friend - who is an author and extraordinary...

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