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What You Didn't Know About Harriet Tubman

The Underground Railroad was not underground...and other did you knows… It came to our attention, that although I had been elbows deep in Harriet Tubman books and articles...most people have not studied up on her since college, and some even before. Working with Dr. Kate Clifford Larson (who is an amazing person), I learned so much. Some of the things that I even believed as fact, were debunked. I learned so much during the process of making this book come to life. Here are a few things that blew my mind: The iconic Harriet Tubman with a lantern image is one of her biggest misconceptions. When you think about it, it actually does make sense. Sure, she had a lantern...

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Harriet Tubman: A Legendary Lady You Should Know

Harriet Tubman was one Legendary Lady…. When I started writing this children’s book, I did research, read a few books about the Underground Railroad, tinkered around on Google...and also caught a hilarious episode of Drunk History which highlighted Harriet Tubman’s time as a spy for the Union Army. I knew her basics from school,but I learned so much more throughout my research. This woman was amazing. First off, she was the first woman EVER to run armed expedition in a war. WHAT?! She created a tea to help soldiers when they were suffering from dysentery…AMAZING! She became a spy and a nurse for the Union army...Can I feel more inadequate!? And she worked tirelessly to promote women’s suffrage. All of...

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A Legendary Lady: Harriet Tubman

Let’s start celebrating the achievements and contributions of African-Americans to U.S. history a little early. Start introducing your children to some of the amazing people who have made huge impacts on our country, world, and society. One of the reasons I chose Harriet Tubman as my debut woman to highlight in Our Legendary Ladies series is the fact that she broke so many barriers. She was determined to change something that she saw that was terribly wrong. She was tough, amazing, brave, and everything I want my children to know they can be. She saw something going on in society that she knew was wrong and instead of sitting around she CHANGED it. Imagine back then, as a woman...and a...

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Infant Psychologists Agree: Reading To Your Children Is Important

I know some have mentioned that some of the words in our debut baby board book seem pretty big and the topic deep. And let me just say, YES! I consulted with infant psychologists before writing these books to ensure that I wasn’t trying to push the envelope for something that didn't make sense. And here we are...Infant Psychologists wholeheartedly agree that this is needed in the marketplace. Alphabet books, animal books, shapes and colors are so necessary for children, but we can go beyond the basics. It will never be detrimental. Below is a quick how-to for when you are reading to infants and toddlers: For Infants: Big words will only grow their vocabulary, giving them new sounds to...

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7 Tips To Help You Raise Kids Who Love To Read

It’s no secret that reading with a child every day from birth through elementary school has a lasting and positive outcome for children, parents, and their communities. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.” While some kids love reading from the get-go, other children struggle with this activity and may feel discouraged. If you have a little one at home, you may be trying to find ways to encourage this beneficial habit. In this blog, we’ll look at the top seven tips to help you...

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