National Library Week, National Poetry Month, Earth Day, and More

This has been a busy week. It’s NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK, so I certainly hope you’ve visited your local library at least once this week. I’m reading Elise Broach’s fun mystery story for middle grade readers called, MASTERPIECE. A cockroach named Marvin is the main character. He has an amazing talent which takes him on an adventurous quest. Click on the link and hear the author read from the book.

And it still POETRY MONTH. I’ve been writing a poem a day. How about you? One of my favorite young adult novels is written in free verse poetry–OUT OF THE DUST by Karen Hesse. Or another free verse novel, this one a middle grade read by Sharon Creech, is LOVE THAT DOG. This story is wonderful also.
Monday, April 20, is EARTH DAY. Here are 3 suggestions for green activities:
  • cut two minutes off your morning shower to conserve water
  • pick up trash in your neighborhood
  • plant a tree or some wildflower seeds

What else can you think of do? 

Last, but not least, I invite you to visit MY LIGHT magazine for the April issue which features my article on St. Catherine of Siena, a 14th century young adult celebrity. 

GOOD FRIDAY Remembrances

As we celebrate this holy day and reflect on Christ’s death, we take time to remember special people in our lives who are no longer with us. Our dear family members and friends who have passed on. And, perhaps, some special saints in heaven whom we admire.

I have been reading many of the writings of Blessed Mother Teresa lately. She stresses that we need to see Christ in everyone–and to treat each person as Christ. The little things we do for others become big things in God’s eyes. 
Whatever you do to the least of them, that you do to me.

If you would like to read about another of my favorite saints, click on this link to MY LIGHT magazine. There you will find an article I wrote on St. Catherine of Siena–a very interesting and amazing saint from the 14th century.

MY LIGHT Magazine Illustrator Contest

Media Contact: Jennifer Gladen



PENNSYLVANIA (May 29, 2008) — The new Catholic E-Zine for children, My Light Magazine, is holding an illustration contest. The winner’s artwork will become the cover of My Light’s debut issue in August 2008.
My Light is a free online Catholic magazine for children. “The mission is to help children better understand their faith and grow closer to God,” Editor Jennifer Gladen said. The magazine includes stories, articles, crafts, Bible stories and poems.
Ms. Gladen is excited about the upcoming contest. “This is a great opportunity. Illustrating for the cover of a debut issue is an impressive addition to the resume’.” Deadline is July 1, 2008. Entries not chosen for August will receive first consideration for future issues.
For further information and guidelines, visit http://mylightmagazine.tripodcom Media contact:

Jennifer GladenEditor, My Light Magazinehttp://mylightmagazine.tripod.comhttp://mylightmagazine.stblogs.com

Author of A Star in the Night(Guardian Angel Publishing,Summer 2008)