Monday, March 25, 2019

Celebrating - Midwest Book Review - March 2019

Rae McDonald's original picture book story for children ages 6-10, GRAN, GRAN, GRANNY - is  "Charmingly illustrated by Eric Groff, "Gran, Gran, Granny" is highly recommended for family, elementary school, middle school, and community library picture collections for young readers."
Midwest Book Review March 2019

From Rae: 

The world outside is full of wonders, just step out into nature and feel the pull of curiosity, exploration, and the pull on our hungry outdoor spirit.  After reading Gran, Gran, Granny grab those those walking shoes or kick off those indoor shoes and let your feet explore a patch of green in the great outdoors. Scientists tell us that we feel better after a walk in the woods, although they haven't learned yet just why that is. Why wait...discover for yourself and adopt a special place to give you a best-day-ever kind of feeling after every visit.


Friday, March 8, 2019

School Visits, Tree Talk, and The Puzzle of a Story

 GRAN, GRAN, GRANNY  and Rae make their debut school visit, March 2019

Building the puzzle of a story.

And, oh for the marvelous trees of thanks!
Art extraordinaire from Centennial students.  
Thank you for sharing books, story, art, and your ideas with me.
The forest in all of its glory.

Which tree will you call friend?







Thursday, January 31, 2019

30 Days...30 ideas...StoryStorm 2019

Thank you to marvelous Tara Lazar and a team of contributing authors and illustrators for sharing insight and inspirations every single day in January 2019.  This motivational and creative opportunity is a gift to all who aspire to tell their stories in word and picture.  I am grateful for all the learning. And, now, seat in the chair...time to get busy!


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Gran, Gran, Granny - So glad to meet you at last!


Available Now:  Meet Gran, Gran, Granny 

Rae's Author Page on Amazon ... click here

Click on the link above for more SCBWI Book Birthdays

Gran, Gran, Granny 
Meet Granny
November 2018 Release
Clear Fork Publishing

Books take time, but in "tree years", not so much.
Thanks for your patience, Granny!
I am eager for the world to meet you in my new book.


      Party today, far away ... Sam finds a great deal to sing about as he echoes "the chat" on the way to visit a majestic forest friend. Lizzie tells this moment-in-time story as she, two brothers, and her parents hike up a well-worn trail to visit one grand old Douglas fir tree known as Granny. The forest is aflame with fall color and the path is carpeted with fall leaf confetti on the day following a fierce and worrisome storm. Lace up your hiking boots, get set to catch a swirling leaf, and head up the path to celebrate a very grand old tree.

Friday, June 29, 2018


Gran, Gran, Granny 
Meet Granny
July 2018
Clear Fork Publishing

Books take time, but in "tree years", not so much.
Thanks for your patience, Granny!
I am eager for the world to meet you in my new book.


      Party today, far away ... Sam finds a great deal to sing about as he echoes "the chat" on the way to visit a majestic forest friend. Lizzie tells this moment-in-time story as she, two brothers, and her parents hike up a well-worn trail to visit one grand old Douglas fir tree known as Granny. The forest is aflame with fall color and the path is carpeted with fall leaf confetti on the day following a fierce and worrisome storm. Lace up your hiking boots, get set to catch a swirling leaf, and head up the path to celebrate a very grand old tree.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Indie Bookstores
Shops That Make Our Heart Sing


I tripped across a link to finding all the Indie Bookstores near you, and I can't wait to pass this along.
Click below and off you go.
Cheers and happy reading.



Thursday, March 8, 2018



A Dabbling Duck: The Northern Shoveler

A morning walk discovery at a nearby wetland...

What a treat it was to spy an unusual migratory duck in my neighborhood.
Their mysterious behavior caught my eye.
These beauties were spinning in circles while keeping their head in the water.
Was this a duck game? I had to find out more.

Here is what I learned:

The Northern Shoveler is a migrating duck with the curious behavior of swimming in circles. This clue alone led me to identify their species. A give-away clue was their unusual behaving of going round and round. As they "pinwheel" about, they stir up and sift food with an large and extraordinary spoon-shaped bill.

Those "pinwheels" remind my of my work as an author.
We, too, go about the work of sifting ideas for stories.
And, authors dig deep, and indeed, we do shovel.

Maybe this feeling I sometimes have of going in circles is not such a bad thing.
Thank you, Northern Shoveler! 
Again, nature gives us the gift of reflection and learning.

Photo captured March 8, 2018 at local wetland pond.