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Considerations by Carmela Dutra

The Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day.

By Carmela Dutra  /  May 23, 2019
Whenever you listen to the radio or see a commercial on television, I’m sure at least once a day you...
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A single laugh is all it takes

By Carmela Dutra  /  May 8, 2019
Would you agree with these words: Laughter is the best medicine. Or do you ever find yourself saying: I haven’t...
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Can you be an art person and a math person?

By Carmela Dutra  /  April 24, 2019
I am not someone who enjoys math. I always found it to be a struggle in school, and honestly, at...
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What does it mean to be successful?

By Carmela Dutra  /  March 28, 2019
Have you ever been asked if you are successful at what you do? How do you respond to this? It...
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Dr. Seuss book-related activities for children

By Carmela Dutra  /  March 7, 2019
Last week was spent with the stupendous students of Blackford Elementary where we enjoyed Read Across America celebrated all week...
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What’s the deal with Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Day?

By Carmela Dutra  /  February 27, 2019
Have you made a recent trip to Target or Walmart and noticed there are a number of Dr. Seuss related...
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Book Giving Day. What is it? How do you participate in it?

By Carmela Dutra  /  February 13, 2019
February is the month for lovers, or so they say. I certainly do love my ability to snatch up some discounted holiday...
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Who writes letters anymore? Five reasons why you should!

By Carmela Dutra  /  February 7, 2019
            Did you know, that today is write a letter to your friend day? It’s...
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Why it’s important to Read Aloud to children

By Carmela Dutra  /  January 24, 2019
Every January, I start a new reading goal for myself. This year I’ve opted for quality over quantity, by only...
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Three Things I hope to Accomplish in 2019

By Carmela Dutra  /  January 11, 2019
The start of a new year is like a blank slate. We don’t know what will be written upon it,...
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The Ups, Downs, and In-Betweens of 2018

By Carmela Dutra  /  December 5, 2018
Was 2018 a crazy roller coaster ride for you? Smooth sailing? Milestone events? My writer pals and I are remembering...
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Children’s Literature

By Carmela Dutra  /  November 7, 2018
Do you like Children’s Literature? I do! I even managed to track down some of the old books from my...
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Behind the drawings of Inktober

By Carmela Dutra  /  November 1, 2018
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog entitled "What is Inktober?" In this blog, I gave an overview of what...
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Author Workshops and Visits, what’s it all about?

By Carmela Dutra  /  October 23, 2018
Since last school year, I have been keeping pretty busy with school events. There was Read Across America Week. I...
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What is Inktober

By Carmela Dutra  /  October 4, 2018
If you have been online in last couple of days you may have noticed a number of drawings with a...
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Why you should take a break from social media

By Carmela Dutra  /  September 20, 2018
Think of a moment today when you didn’t have your phone, or maybe a moment in which your phone wasn’t...
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Fun, New Ways to Celebrate Book Lovers Day!

By Carmela Dutra  /  August 7, 2018
Readers rejoice—Book Lovers Day (August 9th) is here, encouraging you to kick back and relax with a great book. From...
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Summer Road trip: Family Friendly things to do in the San Jose Bay Area

By Carmela Dutra  /  August 1, 2018
Summer is the perfect time to hit the open road: School’s out, the weather’s warm, and the possibilities are endless....
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STEM & STEAM Education. The new way of learning. Are you ready?

By Carmela Dutra  /  July 19, 2018
I was at Target the other day and noticed that back to school shopping is already upon us! Umm, can...
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How to write a children’s book

By Carmela Dutra  /  June 21, 2018
In the first blog of my two-part blog series, I addressed the question of why I write children’s literature. You...
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