Welcome! Glad you’re here.
Hello, my name is Susan (a.k.a. Me). My husband and I live in Arkansas in the house we built together 25 years ago. Our home is surrounded by mature trees that are home to a variety of creatures – deer, raccoons, foxes, rabbits, turtles, opossums, snakes, squirrels, owls and birds. I enjoy sitting on our deck swing watching and listening. This is where I do most of my writing. I am not a published author, yet, but I am hopeful.
So, why am I writing a blog?
I want to be encouragement to families with young children sharing my practical experiences. I hope to share child-friendly ideas, activities and opportunities with all who give their time to children. We all know early literacy experiences are vital to a child’s development, so I hope to be contagious in sharing my love of children’s books and the important role reading aloud has in the development of a child’s imagination and self while supporting their development of reading and writing skills.
Children have always fascinated and inspired me. Observing children and interacting with them (including our three grandchildren) continues to be part of my daily life. It doesn’t get any better for me than spending time with a child, especially sharing a book together. I enjoy seeing their expressions while they gaze at the pictures and hearing their comments after they have listened to the words.
“It is the talk that surrounds the storybook reading that gives it power, helping children to bridge what is in the story and their own lives.” International Reading Association (IRA) and NAEYC. 1998. Joint position statement. Learning to read and write: Developmentally appropriate practices for young children. Washington, DC: NAEYC. Also available online at www.naeyc.org.
My adventure into writing a children’s picture book began over a year ago (my desire began a long time ago). Prior to my current “life” I was an early childhood educator (a.k.a. preschool teacher). My formal teaching career began in 1987 in the preschool our three children attended. During my career, I had the privilege to assist in the development and design of a new building for the school and serve as its director. At the time of my retirement in May 2016, the facility was renamed the Susan B. Erickson Children’s Center. I was humbled and honored, to say the least.
With other volunteers, I work to recruit donors to the scholarship program for children in need to attend preschool at the Children’s Center (First Friends Preschool).
I’m working with a talented illustrator, Josh Wise, and excited to share some of his art here. We look forward to opportunities to visit local classrooms or groups to discuss our book journey. Click on “Contact Me”.
Why the name Me?
While spending time with our first grandchild, I would ask if he needed help. (Example: Would you like me to help you?) Apparently, I asked this often. He began calling me, Me. So, please, click on Contact Me. I look forward to our time together sharing ideas and discussing topics related to young children.
“Coming Soon” is a sneak peak of our book and its characters. I love the world and adventures of Louis and Remy. And, I hope you and your child will love it, too.
Thank you for visiting today.
Until next time,