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The Most Important Work…

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I love this saying. I have loved it for a long time. C.S. Lewis is one of the most insightful men of the last century. His way of speaking plainly, clearly, and with such power continually amazes me. Of course,

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Every Artist was First an Amateur

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I found this quote today and loved it. Fits right along with another saying I recently read from Stephen King saying something like the first million words are practice. It’s very true. If we want to be really, really good

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Want more empathy? Read a book!

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Dictionary.com defines the word “empathy” as follows: the psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another. Can there really be any doubt, then, that avid readers have the capacity to be the most empathetic people

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Announcing our DyslexiAssist Initiative

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Giving the Gift and Joy of Reading to Kids Who Suffer From Dyslexia Eight days ago I learned about a new font that was specifically designed to help people who suffer from dyslexia. The font makes reading easier and more enjoyable

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What Will You Write Today?

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I found a great quote today that really moved me. The power of words is incredible. When I think back on my life and ponder on what I have become, the part that printed words have played is absolutely mind-boggling.

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Help with Dyslexia

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I just discovered an amazing new font that helps people read better who have dyslexia! It’s called Dyslexie. This is some super-cool stuff. A graphic designer in the Netherlands developed the font a number of years ago to address his

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Magic in the Mist

a beautifully breathtaking collection of stories that is sure to sail you away to magical places and adventures!

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Monster Halloween, Part II (of II)

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by Lance O. Redding – (Click here to read Part I before beginning this half of the story!) David and Sally changed quickly and tromped down the stairs and into the kitchen.  Monster David was a lumpy sort of dragon

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Monster Halloween, Part I (of II)

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by Lance O. Redding – David and Sally were brother and sister and they LOVED Halloween.  In fact, it was their favorite holiday out of ALL the holidays.  They loved Halloween so much they dreamed about it all year.  They

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Party Monsters

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by Heather Trent Beers – Kayla and her mother taped orange and black balloons to the front door and planted a sign in the yard.  It read, “Kayla’s Monster Bash Here.” “The troll I rented will be here any minute,”

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Super Grandpa!

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by Lance O. Redding – Grandpa sat in a chair in the lounge of the care center for the elderly with his eyes closed, his head hung low, and his hands folded across his lap. To any onlooker, he would

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Teddy’s Too Tall Tower of Things

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by Kevin J. Doyle – Teddy’s dad called out to him from the kitchen. “I have to go change your little sister. Are you cool to play by yourself for a little bit?” Teddy thought for a moment as he watched

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Tanya’s Empty Basket

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by Penny Lane – Tanya’s skirt fluttered with the breeze as she skipped past Mrs. Miller’s house. “What do you have in the basket, Tanya?” asked Mrs. Miller. Tanya stopped skipping to answer. “I filled this basket with flowers, and

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Mrs. Tuddlehumper’s Birthday Party

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by Adelaide B. Shaw – Mrs. Tuddlehumper and her black and white dog, Willie, lived in a large stone house on the top of a hill. The house had a wide front porch and three tall brick chimneys and it

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The Little Cloud That Cried

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by Angie Doria – Once upon a time, there was a happy cloud family that loved each other very much. Father cloud was big and billowy with a fluffy mustache. He loved to play catch the lightning bolt and thunder

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Actually…

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By Kevin J. Doyle – One day I jumped high into the sky and landed right on the sun!  I walked around up there for a while, even though it was awfully hot.  My favorite green flip flops and bright blue swim

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The Princess, the Dragon and the Brave Knight (aka The Lonely Dragon)

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by Lance O. Redding –  Come children and listen, as I tell you a tale of a beautiful princess, her fire-breathing dragon, and the brave knight who tried to save her, but really just got in the way… It all started

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Temba to the Rescue

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by Terrie Hope – Threatening black clouds moved ever-faster overhead, rolling in like a rough sea to announce the start of the rainy season. Following a blinding flash of lightening, the rumbling thunder vibrated the earth underfoot as though a

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Granny Gertie’s Wish List

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by Dulcinea Norton-Smith – Granny Gertie didn’t bake cakes or knit scarves. Granny Gertie was a world famous explorer. When Lucy was 3 years old Granny Gertie went swimming with sharks in the Solomon Sea. She wore a sequined swimsuit

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Dirty Bear

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by Rebecca Colby – Bruno loved to splash in mud puddles. He loved to roll in the grass. He loved to push his trucks in the sand.  He loved to eat berries that dribbled down his chin. He loved being

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Cake Parade

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by Sandie Lee – Trumpets blared. Drums rat-tat-tatted. The smell of cake hung in the air. Princess Adelia’s birthday was here. It was time again for the cake parade. In a tiny, crooked house near the parade route Simus Sweet

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Tucker Turtle’s Topsy Turvy Hiccup Day

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by Angie Doria – (Original story idea Ryan and KaeLynn Winn) – It was just another lazy day for Tucker Turtle. His best friend Birdbeak was sleeping on top of his shell. The sun was shining. Tucker was thinking about

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The Cow Milker

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by Hannah C. Howard – Raina woke early, as she always did, to milk the royal cows.  Stumbling down the hall of the servants’ wing of the castle, and vainly rubbing her eyes to stop them from drifting shut, she

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The Magic Paintbrush

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by Christine L. Villa – Alexa loved to paint. Just looking at watercolors made her smile. “Oh, so many wonderful colors to choose from,” she often said. The colors reminded her of all the beautiful things around her. Whenever she

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The Toy Troll

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by Joshua Hawkins – Will spent all morning looking for his favorite toy, Wonder Guy. He dug through his toy box. He fished through the laundry basket. He even looked in the bathtub. Wonder Guy had disappeared. “Mom, do you

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Carboy

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by Lance O. Redding –  Nathan usually wasn’t too excited about school, but today was different.  Today was show-n-tell, and what made it even more special than a normal show-n-tell day was the fact that Nathan was going to tell

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The Weather Wish

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by Jennifer Phillips – Hannah traced her finger along the cold window in her room. Here she was, stuck indoors on another dreary afternoon, in the dreariest part of the country. Her mom appeared. Hannah flashed a look of pure

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The Nice Ogre

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by Austin Owens – Once upon a time, there was an ogre by the name of Norff.  He lived in the forest outside of a small village.  He was a nice ogre, and this is important because most ogres are

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Nattie’s Adventure

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by Lance O. Redding – Nattie was a little black bear cub. She was just a little kid, as far as bears were concerned, and like all little kids, she loved to explore! One day, Nattie was playing in the forest

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Royal Wishes

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by Jennifer Moore (aka Jaye Seymour) – The problem with wishes is they sometimes come true. One minute Rosa was sitting at the kitchen table, blowing out the candles on her birthday cake and wishing she was really a princess, and

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Delia and the Other Beanstalk

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By Penny Lane – Delia ran. Delia skipped. Delia hopped and jumped and scampered. Jasper sauntered. Jasper moseyed. Jasper ambled, and meandered, and dilly dallied. Delia skipped around Jasper, singing “tra, la, la, la, la!” Jasper paused to look at

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Emily’s Birthday Surprise

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by Jill Tinker – Emily leaped out of bed. She didn’t want to waste a minute of her special day. Her seventh birthday. The day she was going to pick up her new pet. She hadn’t made her mind up

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There’s a Dragon in the Library

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by Nancy Julien Kopp – Wilhemina Higgins’ long braids bounced as she ran down the narrow tunnel the bookshelves made in the Westlake Public Library. Her untied shoelaces slapped against well-worn sneakers. Past the Js, Ks, and Ls she flew,

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The Spaghetti Solution

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by Linda Opp –  Thursday was spaghetti and meatball night at Amanda’s house. Amanda loved spaghetti. She loved the spicy tomato sauce and chewy meatballs. She loved the long loopy noodles and the extra cheese. She loved the buttery garlic

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To Be or Not To Be a Princess

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- by Kathy Sattem Rygg – Jetta Rose wanted to be a princess. Every day she spent hours practicing her princess moves. She was good at twirling and gliding, but her specialty was bowing. She even knew how many times

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Bobby the Blue Frog

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by Lance O. Redding – Bobby the Blue Frog was very different from all the other frogs because he was a blue frog, and the other frogs in the Pond were all green.  Oh, Bobby had seen frogs that weren’t

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Packrat’s Perfect Treasure

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by Guy Belleranti – Packrat jumped out of bed. “Yippee! Today is treasure hunt day!” He munched a fast breakfast then dug through his nest. First he found his favorite hat. He plopped it on his head. Then he found

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The Monkey and the Airplane

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by Johann Troskie – Once there was a little monkey who lived in a very tall tree in a very large forest.  His tree though, was on the edge of the forest, and from the top of it he could

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The Pigs in the Mud

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by William Thabiso – One day some baby pigs were playing in the mud. Just like all pigs, these baby pigs LOVED playing in the mud. But this time, everything changed. All of a sudden the ground started shaking! All

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The Monkey and the Popcorn

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As told by John C. Troskie (1922 – 2001) and written down by one of his grandchildren – Once there was a monkey who lived at the top of a very tall tree. Every day he would look down and

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The Very Small Fairy

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by Ivy Walker – Once upon a time, there was a sweet little fairy named Glenna. She had little pink curls that framed her tiny face, little red rosebud lips, and two pointy little ears on either side of her head. Everything

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March/April Writing Challenge

The Superhero Story “The Superhero stood on top of the skyscraper. The sky was dark and the wind howled. His/her (choose one) cape flapped loudly in the wind strong wind. The cape was _________ (choose a color)….” Who is your

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Peter’s Pumpkin Predicament

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by Kathy Sattem Rygg – Peter Perkins plodded his way through the pumpkin patch. As far as he could see, plump orange-colored polka dots surrounded him. Peter carefully peered at each one. He knew precisely what size he wanted. “This

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Why a Story a Day?

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“Reading aloud is the foundation for literacy development. It is the single most important activity for reading success.” (Bredekamp, Copple, & Neuman, 2000)   Ear Power Listening Literacy (not the ability to read, but the amount of words a child

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The Surprise Weapon

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by Susan Uhlig – “The fourth graders have won the recess soccer game all week! And I’m tired of it. We can’t let fourth graders win us fifth graders even one more time!” Jake slapped his baseball cap down on

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Actually…

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By Kevin J. Doyle – One day I jumped high into the sky and landed right on the sun! I started walking around up there and it was pretty hot but that didn’t bother me a bit. I was wearing my

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Actually…

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By Kevin J. Doyle One day I jumped high into the sky and landed right on the sun!  I started walking around up there and it was pretty hot but that didn’t bother me a bit.  I was wearing my

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A Home for Sparks

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by Mariah Deitrick – “How’s it going today, Sparks?” Firefighter Mike asked. Sparks whined and covered his head with his paws. “Smokey, the new puppy, is coming today,” Mike said. “He’s a Dalmatian like you.” Sparks whined again. After ten

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The Smallest Chipmunk

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by William Thabiso – It was springtime in the forest, and that means there were lots of new trees, new flowers, and new baby animals – especially chipmunks! Now, all of the new chipmunks had to go to chipmunk school

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Dancing Cloud and the Buffalo

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by Katrina (8 yrs. old) – There once lived a little boy named Dancing Cloud.  He lived with his mom, Sunshine, in a beautiful valley next to beautiful mountains and beautiful plains.  They were very poor, but generous and kind. 

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