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TA-DA! Time to Roll Out My Website Redesign

I think we're ready to celebrate my redesigned website! Break out the balloons and noise-makers!

I've been prayerfully redesigning and repurposing my website. I hope you like it.
How about the banner? It was created by Kim Sponaugle of Picture Kitchen Studio. She captured my vision perfectly.

Please check out the Menu Tabs, too. I've reorganized some information for writers. I've added some fun pages for kids. As it becomes available I'll be adding other stuff for teachers and conference leaders.

My blog "Writing Encouraging Words" is still up and running. I hope to post a variety of things on Wednesdays.
  • Information about my writing, books, school visits, etc.
  • Articles of interest to writers
  • Articles to encourage parents
  • An occasional original poem
  • Articles to celebrate holidays
  • Introductions to new books by my writing buddies
I hope you'll help me celebrate by leaving comments and sharing my website with others. I'm headed for FB and Twitter to post it. Will you leave a comment there, too?
Thanks, dear friends.


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New Blog Look

I think we're ready to celebrate my redesigned website! Break out the balloons and noise-makers! I've been prayerfully redesigning and repurposing my website. I hope you like it. How about the banner? It was created by Kim Sponaugle of Picture Kitchen Studio. She captured my vision perfectly. Please check out the Menu Tabs, too. I've reorganized some information for writers.  …
New Blog Look

Picture Books - Family

Picture Books - Family
Jean Matthew Hall has reviewed about 200 picture books over the past two years. The next few blog posts will list these picture books by theme and/or category for your easy reference. The titles are linked to the reviews. If I Didn’t Have You The Manic Panic Love Is Kind Ocean Meets Sky Papa’s Mechanical Fish How to Grow a …

Picture Books - Friendship

Jean Matthew Hall has reviewed about 200 picture books over the past two years. The next few blog posts will list these picture books by theme and/or category for your easy reference. The titles are linked to the reviews. The following picture books are about FRIENDSHIP. Enjoy! Badger’s Perfect Garden Possum and the Summer Storm If the S in Moose …
Picture Books - Friendship

Picture Books-Individuality

Picture Books-Individuality
Titles link to Jean’s reviews of the books Violet the Pilot Blue Ethel Mary Had a Little Glam Beautiful

BULLY

Bully was written and illustrated by Jennifer Sattler. Sleeping Bear Press published it in 2018. Bully is a frog in a pond full of lilies. Bully wants all the lilies all to himself The story traces Bully’s rude, selfish treatment of other creatures in the pond. Until one day the snails, the bees, the dragonflies and the flies have had …
BULLY
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Parenting-Developing Roots

Parenting-Developing Roots

Developing roots is essential to the growth of trees. Just as it is with the growth of our children. About five years ago I bought a fig tree cutting at a yard sale. It’s now about seven feet tall and dotted with newborn figs. In about six weeks they’ll ripen to their succulent glory. I moved from that home more …
Badger's Perfect Garden

Badger's Perfect Garden

From Jean Matthew Hall a 2019 Picture Book Review – Badger’s Perfect Garden. Badger’s Perfect Garden was written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated (delightfully) by Ramona Kaulitzki. It was published in 2019 by Sleeping Bear Press. Badger’s touching story is beautifully illustrated by Kaulitzki. Their expressive faces look warm and friendly, and then sympathetic when Badger’s big problem arises. …
Surprise!

Surprise!

SURPRISE! Was written and illustrated by Caroline Hidilaksono. Arthur A. Levine Books published it in 2018. This is a fun read about forest friends who get bored. They want to make new friends, go on a new adventure. But other animals in the forest are busy doing their own things. Then, one day some strange looking “animals” come to the …
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Coming Events

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September 20-21 I'll be leading two workshops on picture books at Write2Ignite 2019 in Tigerville, SC. Can't wait to see old friends and make new ones.

September 23-26 I'll be reading my new picture book The Blessings of Fall to schools and homeschools near Charlotte, NC.

September 27-29 I'll attend the NC/SC SCBWI Conference in Charlotte, NC.

Prayer Requests

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Please pray for traveling safety while I'm on the road for most of September.

Also ask the Lord to bless children through The Blessings of Fall as I share it with them and their teachers.

Also, I have a deadline on a curriculum project. Please pray I'll meet that.

I'm also asking the Lord to give me fresh new ideas for picture books.

Thank you, dear friends.

Latest Blog Posts

Picture Books-Cooperation & Community

Jean Matthew Hall has reviewed about 200 picture books over the past two years. The next few blog posts will list these picture books by theme and/or category for your easy reference. These titles are linked to Jean’s reviews. The Inventor’s Secret Anything Is Possible Around Our Way on Neighbor’s Day Bear & Hare
Picture Books-Cooperation & Community

Picture Books-Women

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Welcome to Jean Matthew Hall's home on the web. By clicking on the Menu tabs above I hope you'll find bushels of useful information. Whether you are a fellow writer, a fellow parent or grandparent, or a fellow teacher there's something here for you. Please let me know if you would like to see other information here. Take a tour, …

Be A Good Dragon

Be A Good Dragon
Be a Good Dragon was written and illustrated by Kurt Cyrus, and published in 2018 by Sleeping Bear Press. Poor Enzo the Dragon! He has a terrible cold and is sneezing without control. But Enzo isn’t the only one suffering. Each sneeze spews flames and cinders all over the mountain, the village and the villagers. Enzo finally makes his way …

Not Enough Protection-Sunburn

For swimming and playing outdoors sunscreen protection is a must! A few weeks ago I visited with my daughter and grandchildren in North Carolina. We tried to cram as much fun as possible into my ten-day visit. I cooked their favorite meals and spoiled them all I could. We spent one day at Cane Creek Park. It has a lovely …
Not Enough Protection-Sunburn