How it all began

After 30 years of teaching young children and raising my own kids I felt a yearning to write my own childrens picture book. The words for the text came to me one night when I woke and noticed the amazing moon glow outside my kitchen window. I went back to bed with pen in hand […]


Opossums can be nasty, vicious marsupials (animals that carry their young in a pouch, like a kangaroo).  So I was very excited when Cynthia, Moonglow’s artist, portrayed them as cute! In the natural world they are nocturnal and scavengers that also eat plants and small animals. They are well known in fiction and non-fiction stories […]

Striders and Boatmen of the Vernal Pond

A note from Peggy Dickerson: “Two of the favorites and most common were the water strider and the water boatman. Water striders look like spiders walking on water. How fascinated the students were to watch them skittering across the surface of the water. Boatman insects were my favorite since their name describes what they appear to be doing–rowing a boat! They are very common in most freshwater ponds and provide a wonderful food source for turtles and frogs.”

The oral storytelling tradition

An oral storytelling tradition Storytelling is an art, a skill, a talent passed down from generation to generation. It actually, was the very first medium for books. Verbal history is still valued today. Historians spend precious time with persons of interest to record their stories and memories of days past for posterity. My father was […]