Tara and the Back Yard Bear

by Brenda Havens & Kristy Lankford

Tara plugged her ears as Mom drove into the garage. “Mom. Make her stop screaming. Kimmie—stop!” Two-year-old Kimmie stopped screaming. “Tara, take her to the swing set while I carry the groceries in.” “Okay…” Tara really wanted to go play with her friends, but she was glad not to help with groceries. “C’mon, Kimmie, let’s go swing.” Tara held Kimmie’s …


From One Story to Another

by Carla Dow & Terri Kelleher

One late summers evening as the sun rested low on the horizon, not quite ready to go to bed but heading that way, a young boy and a little girl bounced high on a trampoline. The trampoline sat on a big green lawn, tucked up behind a cozy family home, nestled in old market town, on …


The Bus Stop

by Matthew J. Barbour & Kristy Lankford

The first time I walked to the bus stop by myself, I was eight years old. My mom told me not to take any short cuts. I was to go straight from the house to the bus stop and then back at the end of the day. I did what I was told. I didn’t stop …


Gabby Goose Gets Going

by Brenda Havens & Anne Gavitt

Every day, a little goose paddled with his family on sparkling Lake Superior. But on this day, something very scary happened. Brooooooooooooooooooo-oooooooooooooooooot. A gigantic ship charged through. The little goose tried to dive under water like Mama, but every time he tried, he turned a somersault and bobbled back up. Brooooooooooooooooooo-oooooooooooooooooot. The little goose and all his family …


A Butterfly’s Gift

by Doreen Diorio & Terri Kelleher

Mei gazed out of the living room window. Lots of cars zoomed past her apartment building, but Mei was only looking for one little yellow car—Aunt Fay’s. Mei’s mother handed her a paper bag and said, “I packed you an apple in case you get hungry on the way.” “Thanks, Mom,” Mei said, but she couldn’t think …