I recently received a letter from a girl named Erin who thinks rainbows are cool. She explained to me that rainbows make her feel happy inside and out. And she shared more happy thoughts with me by including a number of her favorite jokes like this one:

Why is the six afraid of the seven?
Seven ate nine!

Humor is an essential element in most all of my writing. For kids, humor comes as easily as breathing. If you need some help handling humor in your stories, you can read this article posted at the Institute of Children’s Literature website–Humor with Ruth McNally Barshaw, the author/illustrator of Ellie McDoodle, Have Pen Will Travel.

And if you want to enjoy a few more laughs, check out the funny sites listed on my website under For Kids/ Cool Links at

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