My Books

Drawn Together in Art, Love, and Friendships: The Biography of Caldecott Award-Winning Authors Berta and Elmer Hader

For nearly a century, children have been enchanted by the picture books of Berta and Elmer Hader without knowing anything about the fascinating lives of this Caldecott Award-winning author-illustrator couple (The Big Snow, 1949). Elmer fought the fires that erupted in San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and earned enough money as a vaudeville actor to study impressionist art in France. Berta was a Mexico-born fashion illustrator who met Elmer in San Francisco while living on Telegraph Hill. After marrying and moving to Nyack, New York, they hosted parties with journalists, artists, and Broadway's elite, EVERY weekend in the home they designed and built with their own hands (and the hands of their many friends). Years later they rallied their neighbors and forced a change to the construction path of the Tappan Zee Bridge that saved their little community. A unique and interesting story unfolds as author Sybilla Cook takes you on a journey with the Haders--through two World Wars, Prohibition, the Great Depression, and vast changes which occurred in the first half of the twentieth century to the education system and the children's book publishing industry. The Haders' lives and their work are quintessential and timeless examples of how the power of children's art and literature affects the world for good.

Published by Concordia University Publishing, 2016.

This book can be purchased by contacting Linda Church at 503-493-6370 or through Amazon.


Walking Portland

Portland is one of America's most walkable cities, and this book describes 22 walkthat can betaken by the casual visitor. You can explore varied city and county parks, shop in interesting neighborhoods, visit many of the settings in Beverly Cleary's Ramona and Henry Huggins books, enjoy the mountain views from the famous Rose Garden, and stroll along the beautiful Willamette River. All walks start and finish at or near a convention hotel.

"If you're looking for an adventure that will be good for your body as well as
your mind, invest in this wonderfully detailed, descriptive, complete guide to Portland's [Oregon] urban and natural settings."RELEASED in 2013! A new, updated version of Walking Portland.

This book can be purchased through Amazon or your local bookstore.



Elementary Battle of the Books


This book is a companion book to Battle of the Books and More: reading activities for Middle School students. It tells how to set up a Battle of the Books program in individual schools or libraries. It also contains many ideas for reading activities including story elements, reading enhancements, and helpful suggestions about involving kids in reading fun. Together the two books contain questions and information for nearly a thousand individual children's books.

This book can be purchased through Amazon.


Battle of the Books and More


Motivate children to read a variety of books using this complete guide 
to planning and implementing fun, successful reading competitions.Provides forms and promotional materials and a complete set of questions/answers related to both current popular titles and classics.Useful websites offer supplementary information about the books and authors, techniques for increasing participation and suggestions on how to correlate the contests with music and art. Offers advice on recognition, cooperative programming between school and public libraries, publicizing the contests, effective use of volunteers and parents, and more. For use with grades 5-8, or approximately ages 9-12.

This book can be purchased through Amazon.