Stories Inspired by Song

As I finished polishing the manuscript I planned to pitch during the ACFW Conference this summer, I was challenged by a critique buddy to choose a song or two that captured the theme of my book. The manuscript is titled Camp Galatians.  Seventh grader Beth Shapiro doesn’t trust others, especially not her classmate Erick Moulder. …

Back to School Scavenger Hunt

Background vector designed by Freepik Now that most schools are back in session and many homeschoolers are diving into their curriculum, I thought it would be fun to create a Back to School scavenger hunt for young readers. Head to a store or bump around the internet (with adult supervision, of course) to search for …

A Visit with Suzanne Woods Fisher

Several years ago, my daughter received the first book in The Adventures of Lily Lapp series by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger.  While at the library, she discovered the other three books in the series.  She borrowed the books several times that summer and took them everywhere.  After we purchased a set for …

Camp Names

I recently shared my Camp Galatians manuscript with a beta reader. After reading the first couple chapters, she called with a suggestion.  Kids at camp usually address the counselors by their camp names–names like Moose and Buckeye.  Some camps allow you to choose your own name while others make you earn it.  This was an …

Bottle Buddies

While schools are preparing to open their doors for the first day of a new academic year, many parents and caregivers are scrambling for fresh ways to entertain their kids.  My mom retired from teaching fifth grade several years ago.  I remember Bottle Buddies being one of her favorite reading projects. Each year, she asked …