Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Whether you are a fan of "The Bard" or not, I think we can all agree that William Shakespeare is one of the most well-known authors who ever lived. Everyone I know has read at least one of his plays as a student (usually in a high school or college English class). Personally, I studied…

Fall Colors, and Hockey, and Horror…Oh My!

October is one of my favorite months of the year. It's a time when the temperature finally begins to drop, hockey season officially starts, and the leaves turn beautiful colors...at least in theory. (Today's forecast was decidedly more consistent with summer than fall.) And of course, there's also pumpkin-flavored/scented stuff everywhere... I don't know if…

Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Like so many of my peers, I was introduced to the writing of children's author Roald Dahl when I entered elementary school. He was a popular author for teachers during read-alouds, mostly because the characters and worlds he created were so appealing to us as kids. I can remember classmates begging our teachers for "just…