In a world full of gadgets and screens, there lives a mom who loves to read.

I’m Arlene, a children’s literature reader and writer—mom to three kiddos in 3 completely different stages of reading. I love nurturing and growing each stage of their literacy.

My essentials include the following: 

• Coffee—my Hubby claims I drink sugar with half and half. 
• Poetry
• Stack of books (serial reader).
• Prayer and scripture—faith is my central lifeline.
• Quotes—inspiration is my source of fuel.
• Notebooks—I’m old fashioned. 
• Laptop—I still keep up though. 
• Pencils and pens—my weapons of mass creation.
• Solitude—a rare treat since I am a mama.
• Nature—insects are my favorite! 
• Following my curiosity and then researching.
• My #bookstagram community—I love connecting with moms, readers, writers and authors. 


I’m first and foremost a READER.
“It was a miracle to me, this transformation of my acorns into an oak.”
Betsy Lerner, The Forest for the Trees
Jo’s breath gave out here, and wrapping her head in the paper, she bedewed her little story with a few natural tears, for to be independent and earn the praise of those she loved were the dearest wishes of her heart, and this seemed to be the first step toward that happy end.
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden – in all the places.
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden