Hello Ottawa!

Hello Ottawa!

I look forward to giving presentations at St. Laurent and Greenboro library branches in Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday, May 17. Any schools or libraries that would also like to book me that week, please contact abs@authorsbooking.com! My price on this particular trip is...
Tips for encouraging kids

Tips for encouraging kids

Studies show that children who are positively reinforced for their effort do better than children who are told they are talented. Students told that higher grades lead to higher pay in future jobs are eight times more likely to work harder. Students who are physically...
Writing & Illustrating Kids’ Books

Writing & Illustrating Kids’ Books

Seven professionals are on the panel of this event, including me. Please join us! February 29, 2016 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM) Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, Canada Interested in writing or illustrating books for young readers? Join seven professional...
Self-Quiz: Strategies for Raising an Achiever

Self-Quiz: Strategies for Raising an Achiever

o I resist praising my kids for being smart. Instead, I congratulate them on hard work and determination. o I provide lots of different reading materials in the house. o I read to my kids even after they can read on their own. o When we read together, I try to make it...
Do overprotected kids = anxious kids?

Do overprotected kids = anxious kids?

Parental protection keeps kids safe; too much parental protection may turn them into anxiety-ridden adults. Being an outdoorsy person all my life, I’ve often observed that people who are into outdoor sports, walks, etc., tend to be happy, outgoing, gregarious sorts....
Me & Beloit College, Wisconsin

Me & Beloit College, Wisconsin

I’m a proud alumnus (1978) of Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, USA, where I kept myself out of trouble by editing the college newspaper (The Roundtable) and taking as many writing classes as I could (in between learning to kayak through the outdoors club). ...
Hello Halifax (Nova Scotia)

Hello Halifax (Nova Scotia)

Hello Halifax, Nova Scotia schools and libraries: I’m available for author presentations in your area June 6 through 9, 2016. Hope to meet some of you! Check out my information here:...
Math and kids

Math and kids

Math and Kids: Words and Numbers to Ponder When high school math is optional, 50% of students choose not to take it. Children start to give up on math at age seven, sometimes even younger. One study found that between 10 and 15% of those entering college are not ready...
Happy new year!

Happy new year!

Wishing one and all a healthy, happy, prosperous new year! Among all the things that I can celebrate, one is submitting a teen adventure novel yesterday, one that I’ve been working on for six months. It’s always such a relief (also a letdown!) to finally...
Happy Holidays A-Z

Happy Holidays A-Z

Of all the things we hope for this time of year, perhaps nothing is more important than peace on earth. In that spirit, here’s a quick primer (in alphabetical order) on who celebrates what this time of year. After all, it’s only a better understanding of...