Active Verbs and Creative Writing

As I embrace a VERY brisk morning walk in Niagara Falls (34 degrees yet the wind chill boasts 24), I recall another time, another place, in Western New York.  Crisp evenings downhill skiing at Kissing Bridge where stars sparkle like shards of glittering glass and snow crunches noisily, piercing the night’s stillness.  Toes and fingers numb from the cold as … Read More

Writers Help Others See

Writers help the world see “things” in a new way.     John Koehler, author, inspired attendees at the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference. He encouraged writers to continue to write because it starts with you and then spreads.  Whether an adult or a child, the thoughts you put into words on paper (or computer), are yours and yours alone – not to … Read More

SERRRA Conference 2017

Another Great Conference at SERRRA! Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth! We met so many wonderful teachers (vendors too!) and enjoyed talking with everyone! As a long-time Reading Recovery® Teacher attending the conference for many years, this year I placed myself in a new role – that of a vendor. It was a different yet informational perspective viewing … Read More

SERRRA and New Beginnings

Happy New Year To All! Looking back, our books found their way into little hands in many ways. Thanks to all who support early literacy and believe in the magic of reading beautifully illustrated books! Looking forward, we are excited about what 2017 will bring! Shine On will have a booth at SERRRA (the Southeastern Reading Recovery and Early Literacy … Read More

A Growth Mindset

Our blog, titled Simple Yet Meaningful, is inspired by Peter Johnston’s books, Opening Minds and Choice Words. Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Albany, I’ve had the fortunate opportunity (not once but twice) to hear him speak! Simple Yet Meaningful, the words almost seem like a contradiction. However, the words acknowledge what is (simple – our … Read More

Sneak Peek: Two Books Unveiled in Time for the Holidays

We are SO excited about our new books, Little Toad Crosses the Road and Santa, Where Are You. Featuring rural themes and beautifully illustrated by student and alumna of Virginia Tech, both encourage conversations and writing opportunities to compliment the reading. Whenever you create opportunities for writing, the effort synthesizes comprehension – fully understanding what was read. Happy Reading and … Read More

The Salvation Army and Giving

November is a time to be thankful and sharing what we have with others. Shine On is thankful for the opportunity to place more books in the hands of children in the NRV through Salvation Army. A book is a gift you can open again and again.

London Experience

Have you been to London or the English countryside? I recently returned from England and experienced first-hand the valued literacy world there ~ bookstores galore such as the renown Hatchards, theater and book titles outweigh other advertisements and centuries of history! Cozy pubs and restaurants “tucked” here and there, little squares (parks) of tranquility within the city, and the preferred … Read More

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Remarkable New Line of Children’s Books for Beginning Readers

Written for beginning and reluctant readers and children who find learning to read difficult, children ages 5-7 will want to read the current stories about Tanner, Monkey Man, and living in the country. Authored by a National Board Certified Reading Teacher and former Reading Recovery Teacher® and illustrated by Virginia Tech students, we focus on how children learn to read … Read More