The Person You Want to Be

I truly believe that every day is a new opportunity to be the person you want to be.  Whatever you did yesterday doesn’t matter.  What you do in this moment…that’s what really counts.

The daily prompt, radiate reminds me of this song by Shawn Mullins called Shimmer.  Have you heard it?  Here’s a short excerpt from the song.

Cause I
Want to shimmer
I want to shine
I want to radiate
I want to live
I want to love
I want to try and learn how not to hate
Try not to hate


Children have a way of helping you be the best you can be.  They are such great imitators and there are times when you do things you aren’t proud of and they copy. These are the times that remind you to be better.  This is why we all need a child in our lives... to remind us to shimmer. Every day.




Fernwood Art Stroll

If you are in Victoria, B.C. on Saturday, June the 10th, there will be an opportunity to get signed copies of our new picture book, Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker.   You can also see Paula’s artwork displayed and she will have her art cards available as well.


The Fernwood Art Stroll features local artists and artisans who invite the public into their studios to view their work. You can take a leisurely stroll through the tree lined streets of Fernwood with an opportunity to enjoy refreshments at the many local coffee shops, bistros and the local pub.

You will find Paula and I at 2018 Chambers Street between 11 am and 4 pm on Saturday, June the 10th. Paula will also be there on Sunday, June 11th as well.

This is a great way to introduce your child to the art world, get some fresh air and pick up a wonderful new picture book that will inspire your child’s creativity and interest in cooking.



Vote on My Next Picture Book!

Let’s have some fun and choosing which books to self-publish/send out on submission next…

Here’s a synopsis of five different manuscripts I’m currently working on. I’d like to get your impression.  In the comments, let me know which story you’d most like to see made into a picture book!

1. Kelsey Meets the Monsters

Kelsey must face her greatest fear when her little brother is kidnapped by monsters.  Will Kelsey be able to overcome her fear and save Thomas?

2.  Dinosaurs by Design

Finlayson’s autism means he is just as passionate about loving dinosaurs as he is about hating the beach. One day there is no babysitter and no choice… Finlayson must go to his most feared and hated place… the BEACH!


3. Allison’s Tree

Allison’s best friend is not a girl or a boy; her best friend is a tree.  In this gentle ode to trees, find out why Allison loves her best friend and what Douglas the fir tree can teach her about true friendship.

4. Honey Cakes for Oscar

Find out what happens when Oscar, a very hungry bunny, must reconcile his fear of bees with his love for honey.

5. Finn and Katrina’s Ferry Fairy Excellent Adventure

Journey with Finn and Katrina as they sort out how to keep their new friendship alive after a misunderstanding about what brought them together in the first place.

Which story gets your vote? Why?  I’m excited to hear your responses. Please share!


Exploring the Laws of Motion

Here’s another stellar example that makes the case for learning through play and the value of making available loose parts children can use and manipulate in ways of their own choosing!

This child, age 5, is testing out gravity and Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion.  She is learning about simple machines like the lever and the inclined plane.  She may not be able to tell you about them but she is experiencing them here firsthand.  Ducksters is a website that explains science in simple terms for kids.

Our preschoolers have used the boards to make their own seesaws which is super fun but they have also discovered how to make a catapult and I will admit, I do like to be nearby to help guide which type of items are sent flying.  The inclined plane has helped them move some pretty heavy objects on their own with great feelings of satisfaction! You can read about the inclined plane solution here: That Time When a Little Frustration Was a Good Thing.

These boards are made of cedar and are normally used for decking. I had them cut into lengths of about 2-3 ft which seems about right for our purposes. They stand up very well in all kinds of weather but we do bring them indoors each day in the hopes of making them last as long as we possibly can.

If you do not have any boards for children to use in your outdoor play area, I highly recommend you go out and get some… they have provided so many excellent learning opportunities!

“Any fool can know.  The point is to understand.”  -Albert Einstein

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Introducing author Cynthia Mackey – Readilearn

A huge thank you to Norah Colvin for featuring me on her readilearn website and on her blog, Norah Colvin. Please have a look and read about my new picture book, Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker!  I’m so excited to be a published author 🙂

Introducing author Cynthia Mackey – Readilearn

Also posted in part on Norah Colvin’s blog

Picture Book Gem: Not Quite Narwhal

As part of the 12×12 picture book challenge, I have been trying to read as many new picture books as I possibly can.  The best part about that is I’m making some really great new discoveries.  One of these is Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima.

Kelp finds he is a little different from the Narwhals he lives with.  He feels very loved but knows there is something amiss.  One day he discovers unicorns and realizes there is a whole other world above the ocean where unicorns who are exactly like him are living.  The problem for Kelp becomes how to merge the two worlds of land and ocean.

The illustrations are delightful and the characters are engaging.  My preschool class loved the story and you will too.  This picture book takes you on a journey to other worlds with some unique and creative ideas about how narwhals and unicorns live.  Jessica Sima creates two magical worlds in this book and children will be transported.

I’m surprised there aren’t more books about unicorns and narwhals as they are such unique and magical creatures.  

Now Available on Kobo!

I’m happy to announce that Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker is now available on Kobo!  This is a very affordable way to get the book.  I’m pretty sure that you will like it so much, you’ll want the soft cover copy as well.  I will keep you posted but it should be available in other eBook formats very soon.


Golden brown, fluffy as a cloud, perfectly round…. PANCAKES!

If you’d like to know more about the book, check out my author website!  Thanks and have a great day!