When I retired in 2011 after 30 years as a teacher and principal, I chose to pursue writing.  My first book, Tailwinds across America, came out in 2013.  It is a memoir of our bicycle trip across America in 1981.  Following this, I began work on a children’s picture book about two youngsters who biked around America.  During this process I brought my work in front of two focus groups of elementary teachers to get their opinions and suggestions as to how to improve my story.  The feedback I received from them and from countless other educators, specialists and administrators has been incredible.  Typically their responses focused on the lack of materials and time to include geography in the elementary curriculum in today’s busy schedules.

From their feedback I realized that my book, Beans and Lolo’s Big Bike Ride, was perfect to fill this gap and I went forward with it, incorporating the teacher’s needs and suggestions.  With its publication in the spring of 2015, I began distributing it to dozens of more educators and based on their feedback I feel confident that it is exceptionally well-suited for regular use in the elementary classroom.  From its rich illustrations and its adventuresome story, it is sure to make education fun for those students exposed to it.

I hope you have the time to explore my website and discover how you can use Beans and Lolo in your classroom or in your own home.  I am certain that you will find it to be an integral part of your classroom as it fills the role of a grade level reader that incorporates themes of Geography, Science and Health.  Rather than competing with each other, the three meld together to provide exciting lessons to the Pre-K through Grade 3 level.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly with any questions you may have about either of my books.  I have self-published them both and, while it has been a lot of work, it has truly been a labor of love.  I am also handling the marketing and distribution of them and in doing so I am able to bring a personal touch that is not possible through the usual channels of large publishing houses.  Some people have told me it is not possible for me to do this on my own and that alone has propelled me to do this my way. 

Thanks for your consideration and I hope you’ll give us a shot.