Bookends – Some Suggested Christmas Reading

I like “bookend” plots that start in one place and then circle back to the beginning of things.  I like January and December because they bookend the year.  And I like bookends – the real thing – because they’re useful when you have as many books as I do.  Here are some books you might… [Read More]

Writing Nonfiction (Two Views!)

It would seem that, when you do something as solitary as writing, you probably never meet other writers. But that’s not true. We writers meet each other all the time at book events, presentations, online…somehow we find one another. I’ve known children’s writer Andrea Cheng for quite a few years and when she asked me to… [Read More]

Congratulations To Donna & Ralph Weidenhammer For Winning The Signed Copy of “Just Fine The Way They Are”

There’s nothing like social networks to keep in touch with old friends and former neighbors, especially when you skip a year or two of sending out Christmas cards! Donna Weidenhammer and I lived next door to each other when our families were just beginning – lots of diapering, nap times and playground swings back then…. [Read More]

Teacher Resources & Lesson Plans Available For “Just Fine the Way They Are”

Since school will be starting soon, educators and parents who would like to engage their children in some fun learning activities can download lesson plans that accompany Just Fine The Way They Are; From Dirt Roads to Rail Roads to Interstates. Developed by two elementary educators who are also adjunct professors in the Department of… [Read More]

The National Road Brings the Historic Road Conference to Indianapolis

The national non-profit group Historic Roads is holding their annual conference on September 20-22, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dedicated to identifying, preserving and managing our nation’s historic roads and scenic byways, Indy was specifically chosen because of the region’s unique transportation history, which includes the Historic National Road. Read more about the work of this important… [Read More]

Get a Chance to Win a Signed Copy of Just Fine The Way They Are

To be eligible you must be subscribed to my mailing list. The winner will be randomly selected on July 31, 2012.   Details In Celebration of Audiobook Month in June we’re giving away a signed copy of Just Fine The Way They Are, which is now available in school and local libraries on CD and cassette thanks to Recorded… [Read More]

National Road Yard Sale

Beginning on May 30 and running through the early part of June, folks will be setting up shop along the National Road (US 40) and creating one of the longest yard sales going:  from Baltimore to St. Louis!  For 9 years now, beginning on the Wednesday following Memorial Day, churches, museums, stores, and plain old… [Read More]

Postscript to Just Fine the Way They Are

You might think that, when a book is published, the story it tells is finished. Not true! In the final illustration for the picture book Just Fine the Way They Are, Richard Walz reaches into a mythical future to imagine what a post-automobile era might look like. He envisions a jet-pack like invention – a… [Read More]

Book Signing – Wayne County Historical Museum in Richmond, IN – Dec 10th

Please join Connie for a book signing at the Wayne County Historical Museum in Richmond, Indiana from 2pm-4pm on December 10th, 2011. Pictures from the event…

Connie Interviewed by Children’s Author and Radio Host Renee Hand

Connie was interviewed Live by Renee Hand who is a children’s author and radio host on  The interview was recorded at 2pm eastern on Wednesday, November 7th. Connie talks about her latest book, Just Fine the Way They Are. > Renee’s Review of Just Fine the Way They Are Listen to internet radio with… [Read More]