MPE Homeschool Conference

I published a post about the Trade Show I attended, the MPE Homeschool Conference. It’s on my new website,

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#Read about Guest #Author Melissa L. Gill

Thank you Chris The Story Reading Ape for posting this feature about me.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Hi- My name is Melissa L. Gill, and this is NOT my ultrasound. And no, our friend the ape had nothing to do with this either. Yes, I’m sure.

So why am I showing you this?

  1. It’s pretty darn cool that gorilla and human ultrasounds look so similar.

  2. This blog IS hosted by a story reading ape.

  3. I am a docent at my local zoo, and we are expecting a baby gorilla too!

Being a docent and educating people about the wonderful animals that share our world has been one of the best experiences in my life. I’ve learned so much about all sorts of animals from gorillas to Kirk’s dik-dik.

One animal that I was already familiar with was cats. I’ve had cats in my life as long as I can remember, and now consider myself a card carrying cat lady. So most of my stories include cats in…

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New Website and Blog

I recently had a new website designed. I’m excited to introduce (1)

I hope all of my followers will visit. I think it turned out very nice.

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Lets work to get more multicultural books out there.

Writing Life


I want to ask you to join me on this campaign #multiculturalbooksmatter in an effort to bring attention to books that celebrate multicultural characters, especially in children’s literature.
Recently, I’ve become aware of the need for multicultural children’s books. This infographic by Lee and Low shows the state of diversity in children’s literature as of right now:

Click on the link to go lee and Low site. Click on the link to go Lee and Low Books site.

Even though demographics have shifted considerably in the past years, the number of multicultural/diverse books — or by diverse authors–published since 1994 has stayed pretty much the same.

Who is it to blame? Publishing houses with a preconceived idea of what sells and what doesn’t? Agents who don’t give a voice to authors with an accent or from a different background? Authors who do not reflect the world we live in? Book lovers who do not buy books that have multicultural themes or characters? We could…

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Drop Everything and Read

Drop Everything and Read DEAR.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Oh D.E.A.R.!

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksD.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read“. This is a month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. With declining literacy among children and adults, it is now more important than ever for reading to be encouraged and cherished as a worthy past time.

D.E.A.R. programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, since she first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Inspired by letters from readers sharing their enthusiasm for the D.E.A.R. activities implemented in their schools, Mrs. Cleary decided to give the same experience to Ramona and her classmates. As D.E.A.R. has grown in popularity and scope, the program has expanded to span the entire month of April . . . offering classrooms and communities additional time to celebrate!

Can D.E.A.R. be celebrated anytime?


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Do You Believe in What ifs?

I’ve been a big fan of Alex for a long time. I’m looking forward to reading his new book, especially after the “What if” explanation.

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Being Gullible is Hard on April 1

Every year it happens. I get excited about an idea, puzzled by a choice, or downright disgusted by a theory, and then I look at the calendar. April 1st! I slap my forhead, fan my flaming face, and berate myself for being so gullible.


After my chagrin dies down I look on with admiration at some of the ploys that sucked me in.

I thought this was pretty funny.

You smell (and it’s good for business)
Did you know that the human nose can smell about a trillion different scents?
>> Take me to the quiz
>> Take me to the quiz

So, do they have April Fools Day in other countries? What great jokes have you seen today?

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