Author Archives: Amy
Dr. Seuss’s birthday (March 3) and World Read Aloud Day (the first Wednesday in March) occurred happily close together this year, which is fitting because Dr. Seuss is so much fun to read aloud. Reading out loud can benefit anyone, … Continue reading
After reading an article about words possibly coined by authors–including “chortle,” via Lewis Carroll–I was reminded of how many cool words there are in children’s books, even if they never made the dictionary. My favorite: Plevvit. Interjection. Origin: My Teacher … Continue reading
On Sunday, illustrator—and singer!—Shane Evans will visit Hillman Auditorium as part of the Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures Kids and Teens program. Evans has illustrated books such as Chocolate Me, The Way a Door Closes, and My Cold Plum Lemon Pie … Continue reading
I have been celebrating Storytelling Week by finding stories in less common places, and realize that “my storyteller is showing” sometimes in ways I don’t expect. My own storytelling is all voice and small pertinent movements, which I am told … Continue reading
I don’t know about you, but I’m under the weather something awful. In the anthology Minificción Mexicana is a story called “El Letroscopio” (“The Letroscope”) by the poet Raúl Renán. It reads like a bittersweet joke, a fable that’s been … Continue reading
On Saturday, February 1, you will have TWO separate opportunities to make music with the humble but versatile kazoo. From 12 to 12:15, as part of the Black History Month kickoff, there will be renditions of Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the … Continue reading
January is Braille Literacy Month! With the fascinating advances in text-to-speech technology, accessible e-books and terrific audiobook narrators, it’s easy to forget how revolutionary Louis Braille‘s writing system for blind people really was. (Literally–Braille had to fight his school in … Continue reading
Note: No billygoats were harmed in the making of this post.
I don’t click well with a lot of horror movies. Something about everything rushing onto the screen makes it hard for me to build a decent headful of suspense. But horror stories, now—that’s something else. Especially children’s stories.