Friday, February 14, 2020

"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." James Barrie

A story about a young man who read to young patients who are critically ill spread quickly on social media last month.  If you missed this story, here is the link: 

Dane Pratt reads to kids to soothe them and to let them know that they are not alone in Mercy One Hospital in Des Moines. He reads a little extra to a 13 month old patient named Parker who is on life support after contracting two viruses similar to RSV.  Parker was a preemie, so her lungs are already challenged.

Dane checks books out of the library himself, but he needs books to read to the kids. I decided to send him GRADY GETS GLASSES, because most kids enjoy rabbits and rhymes!  I did not expect to receive a special thank you note for my donation, but one arrived in the mail a few days ago. 

If you’d like to donate new or gently used children’s books, please send them to:
MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center
1111 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314

In addition, a GoFundMe page has been set up to support Parker and her family.

A man like Dane shares so much with others, he certainly must internalize some of that happiness.  Here's to Dane - what a guy!  

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. 
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Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with a group called Field Trip Zoom.  and a company called GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone.Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.

Visit Dede's webpage for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 

I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out! 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at  The website now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. 

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