Why children's books
My love for books started a long time ago. Because of a volatile home life, my siblings and I attended four different schools as well as a year of home schooling. Lack of stability at home made school life difficult. It was very hard to make friends and fit in.
There were two things that helped me make in through school, several of my teachers and books. I know that may sound silly, but books were an escape from my real life.
They took me to a place that was warm and safe. I could sit in the closet with a flashlight and head off to the hundred-acre woods with Pooh. Thumper would always make me laugh and my scratch and sniff version was a favorite.
It was the best feeling for me to walk into school and
see boxes labeled Scholastic, the book fair was
coming! My piggy bank would be broken and with
mom's contribution I would be headed to the book
fair. There would be a very serious deliberation.
It would be months before I had the opportunity
again. Where would I like to go in the next few
months? Which adventure would I like to go on?
Would there be a new Laura Ingalls book?
The ability of a book to entertain, heal and
transport you to another place is a gift. Many of
these books made it to my daughters' story-times,
then to their book shelves and remain there today.
The ultimate goal of any book, is to be good enough
to be shared and enjoyed for a long time.
My books will bring smiles and warmth to those
who read them and I hope will be shared with
family and friends. The books are designed to offer
learning moments and enjoyment for children from
three to one hundred and three!
My background is in manufacturing. For
twenty-seven years I was a co-owner and
general manager of a manufacturing facility
in Western Maine. I lived most of my life
within a fifteen-mile radius of Dixfield.
For several years I was on the local School Board
and served as head of personnel. I served on the
Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership Board, the Maine State Chamber Board, as a Corporator for Franklin Savings Bank and the Department of Commerce DEC Board.
I am proud to be a single mom and have worked hard to raise two wonderful daughters. Both of them have recently graduated from college and have successful careers. One is a kindergarten teacher and the other is pursuing her career in fashion design and marketing.
Volunteering in the community, schools and church has been and continues to be very
important to me. Four years ago, I left my job due to health issues and moved to
Portland to be close to my daughters. I have not been able to work outside of my home
due to my illness, but thanks to my laptop and my camera, I have found a new
purpose to be passionate about. Children, animals and nature have always been very
important to me so I started creating these books for my daughter to share with her
students. I have been overwhelmed by the smiles and pleasure they have brought to
children of all ages. My goal now is to get them into libraries and schools and perhaps
into your home. Several are in route to an orphanage in Kenya and I hope they will be
in a library near you soon.
I am married to my best friend Scott Monroe and we enjoy living in Portland and Weld with our corgi, Grace.
A few months ago while volunteering at my daughter's school, I saw the Scholastic boxes sitting in the hallway ........................... goosebumps!