THANKU: POEMS OF GRATITUDE, Edited by Miranda Paul and Illustrated by Marlene Myles (Millbrook Press, September 2019)

A unique poetry anthology, edited by Miranda Paul, and centered around the concept of gratitude. The book explores a wide range of reasons for being grateful (from gratitude for a puppy and a family, to gratitude for a first pair of glasses and the sky). This collections of poems by a diverse group of contributors, including Joseph Bruchac, Margarita Engle, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Naomi Shihab Nye, Charles Waters, and Jane Yolen, is a must-have for Thanksgiving reading or any time of the year.




Explores the quest to develop the Space Shuttle, the first reusable space crafts. Through engaging text, photos and infographics help readers learn about this important advancement in space exploration and the people and technology that made it possible. Grades 5-9.






Explores the Great Space Race, and the United States quest to be the first country to land on the moon. Through engaging text, vibrant photos and infographics, readers learn about this important advancement in exploring space and the people and technology that made it possible. Grades 5-9.



ALL ABOUT SOCIAL NETWORKING (Focus Readers, January 2017) 

Explores the fascinating world of social networking. With colorful spreads featuring fun facts, sidebars, and a “”How It Works”” feature, the book provides an inspiring look at this exciting technology. Grades 3 -7.





SNOW ANGELS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Curious World, January 2014) 

Two sisters head out into the snow to make snow angels and snow pie! But when they go to bed, the snow angel sisters come to life and have a moonlit adventure all their own. Ages 4-7.

Buy on Curious World, a Division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt






CAPTAIN PETE AND TWEET! (Amazon Rapids, October 2016)  Download at Amazon Rapids! 

THE GATEKEEPER (Amazon Rapids, February 2017)   Download at Amazon Rapids! 




7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Isabel B O'Hagin
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 03:26:50

    Looking forward to perfecting my imperfectabilities! Congrats on your new blog!
    Isabel O’Hagin


  2. Elizabeth McBride
    Aug 27, 2014 @ 01:25:20

    Patti, what a great blog! I love the C.S. Lewis quote: “Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”

    Your advice to re-visit your writing goals every once in awhile, is well grounded. Our goals need to evolve, just like our experiences evolve. But knowing what the driving force behind their formation was, can be very helpful in reminding us of what we have been looking for. Many times our difficulty with defining our goals comes from a lack of specificity. Some other ways to clarify our goals is to ask: What will make you feel like you have arrived at your goal? What does meeting your goal “look like”? What will you have, that you did not have when you set that goal? The more specific we can be, the more likely we are to meet our goals – and recognize it when that happens!


  3. Sensibility and Sense
    Aug 27, 2014 @ 13:28:41

    Thank you so much for stopping by Elizabeth! It’s such an encouragement to me. And your reminder that our goals evolve just like our experiences is certainly food for thought. If we can’t picture ourselves at our goal it makes it more difficult to reach, but tweaking as we go along can keep things realistic and more of a reflection of who we are at any given moment! Love it! Good stuff:)


  4. Elizabeth McBride
    Aug 27, 2014 @ 19:35:04

    Thanks Patti! Loved the blog – you can tell! I just kept reading back farther and farther! Blessings, Beth


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