About Me


Here I am!   That’s me with my incredible hubby.  We’re celebrating my retirement after thirty years of teacher and toasting my future as a writer and aspiring author.  Actually, it was kind of hard to find a decent picture of me.  All of the best pictures I have of myself are with one of my adorable grandchildren.

And as far as telling about myself… well, there’s not that much to say.

#1   I love Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip ice cream and the beach.


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Unfortunately, those two don’t go together.  First, you can’t get Graeter’s ice cream outside of Cincinnati,where we have no beaches.  And second, too much Graeter’s ice cream makes for uncomfortable beach pictures.

#2  I love movies, books, and television.  I love getting lost in a character’s life, even if only for five minutes.  Some of my best friends are fictional!



#3  My family, friends, and faith are the most important aspects of my life.   If you know them, you know me.

That being said, I’ve attached a few pics of the family dogs for your enjoyment.  Whiskey is a chocolate lab.  Secret is a flat-coated retriever mix.

'The Girls'

Whiskey collects the logs.

Secret gathers the kindling.

Whiskey collects logs.

Secret gathers the kindling.

Both are great helpers!

As you read this, I am quietly crafting stories on my laptop. I can’t share my work with you here, but I can share some wonderfully crafted and published stories which touch me in some way.

I am an avid reader of picture books and use these as mentor texts. If you are like me, I have some old favorites, and sometimes it’s easy to grab one of those instead of a newer book. So as part of my growth as a reader and a writer, I am consciously seeking out new picture books.

In 2014, I decided to match picture books with daily celebrations. If you are a teacher or parent of young children, I hope you will take a look at my daily pages and CELEBRATE EVERY DAY WITH A PICTURE BOOK.

And, I’m updating this page to include my newest service. I call it BOOKS ALIVE! I am reading as many 2015 picture books as I can this year. I give a brief synopsis of the story and then offer fun suggestions to help you bring the story alive with your child. Most are craft ideas or easy recipes, but others are musical, kinetic, or intellectual in nature. I hope you’ll join me in this endeavor too.

Well, enough about me. Please leave me a comment and tell me about yourself. Look forward to hearing from you!

45 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Gita V. Reddy September 21, 2015 at 10:10 AM #

    Hi Juliana, I never saw such a long list of picture books! How may I send my picture books to you, for your opinion?


    • Juliana Lee September 21, 2015 at 6:08 PM #

      Hello Gita. It’s so nice to hear that you have a picture book! I think picture books are my first love! As you can see, I do a lot of review, but I stick to only books I can find in my public library. I do this for several reasons, one I want to support my library and two I do this to spread the word about great books which people can share with their children. This is really only possible if people can get their hands on the books. Not everyone has access to a bookstore, but most people do have access to libraries. Now, having said that, I would love to read your book if I can get a copy at the library. Please send me the title of your book and I will certainly look for it! And thanks again for reading and following! 🙂


  2. Gita V. Reddy September 21, 2015 at 8:57 AM #

    Hi Juliana, I haven’t seen such a long list of picture books anywhere!
    Please tell me how I may send you my picture books to you. I want to have your expert opinion about them.


  3. staceywilk January 6, 2015 at 11:33 AM #

    Hi Juliana! Thank you so much for following my blog. I’ve truly enjoyed wandering around yours. I love all the Winnie the Pooh pictures. Pooh is one of my favorite characters right along with Tigger! I’ll be sure to stop by and say hello again.


    • Juliana Lee January 6, 2015 at 11:40 AM #

      Thank you Stacey. It’s nice to have another follower, especially since it looks like we have a lot in common. My dogs don’t eat the communion wafers, but they love chocolate kisses as much as I do!


  4. Leslie Z. January 6, 2015 at 8:49 AM #

    Tag! I’ve nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award.


    • Juliana Lee January 6, 2015 at 11:43 AM #

      Thanks for the tag Leslie. Reading your post, I found several other blogs I want to follow now also! I’ll see if I can get to passing this one on soon.


  5. orthodoxmom3 October 20, 2014 at 10:17 PM #

    Hi. Thanks for following my blog…..but it moved! I’m not sure why the transfer didn’t automatically take you with it…but you are only one of 3 people still listed as following the old site and not the new one….. .but the new URL is: Orthodoxmom3.com Hope to see you there!


    • Juliana Lee October 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM #

      Thanks! I’ll look for it now! 🙂


    • Juliana Lee October 21, 2014 at 9:08 AM #

      I figured out the problem, there is no wordpress follow button so I have to follow via email, which I must admit I don’t view as often as I do my reader on wordpress. I’ll do my best to keep up!


      • orthodoxmom3 October 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM #

        Hmmm….I wonder if there’s a way to add it. I would think so afterall I had a lot of followers that did the same thing and they were all transferred with me…. I’ll look into it!

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      • orthodoxmom3 October 21, 2014 at 4:47 PM #

        I checked into it. There is a way for you to manually add it. ( https://wordpress.com/following/edit/) However, they also said they (wordpress.org) could manually put a follow button on my blog and I asked them to do that, so hopefully there will be one there within the next day! 🙂 Thanks for pointing that out to me Juliana!

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  6. myfriendlucy August 16, 2014 at 11:48 PM #

    Hi Juliana,
    picture book bloggers unite! I’m so impressed with your blogging commitment. I’m theoretically attempting to review one picture book a day for a year, but I won’t lie, I think it’s going to be a challenge. Have you ever wavered?


    • Juliana Lee August 17, 2014 at 8:24 AM #

      Hi Lucy. Your blog is wonderful! Don’t put yourself down. I haven’t really wavered, but I have fallen behind. My goal is to have several days posted ahead of time, for those teachers and parents who want to look ahead and get their books ready. But I often end up waiting for library books to arrive and I don’t always have everything ready. In that case, I usually have drafts waiting to be published. But I’m sticking with it! We can do this!


  7. hmmmmm August 11, 2014 at 11:53 PM #

    Hi Juliana-
    Thanks for stopping by Hmmmmm. Looking forward to daily picture book posts!!


    • Juliana Lee August 12, 2014 at 11:46 AM #

      Thanks to you too, hmmmmm. Be sure to look under the tab ‘Celebrate Every Day with a Picture Book’. I usually stay 4-10 days ahead of the day for my teacher friends who want to plan ahead.


  8. orthodoxmom3 June 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM #

    Hello Juliana! I have tagged you in a blog hop about The Writing Process! I really hope you will participate and share your thoughts!


  9. Doreen E. Lepore May 21, 2014 at 9:20 AM #

    Great dog pix – love the log delivery system!


    • Juliana Lee May 21, 2014 at 11:53 AM #

      Thanks Doreen. We like those two silly girls too! 🙂


  10. Erika W March 20, 2014 at 8:08 PM #

    and as a side note: Black raspberry chocolate ice cream sounds AMAZING


  11. Erika W March 20, 2014 at 8:07 PM #

    Hi Juliana! I’m glad I found you too!! I love your doggie pics. My boys do the same thing. I think their favorite thing in the world is when we split wood (we heat our house with all wood, so we do this a lot) They lay in the pile of wood like we’ve just made the best playpen for them in the WORLD! lol


    • Juliana Lee March 20, 2014 at 8:10 PM #

      Hahaha! Mine take it right off the woodpile and deliver it to the door…good dogs!


  12. whocouldknowthen March 19, 2014 at 4:00 AM #

    hi Juliana, just thought i’d visit a bit to ty for liking my poem that Staci so graciously reflagged, encouragement is always really appreciated. have a wonderful day!


    • Juliana Lee March 19, 2014 at 8:09 AM #

      It really was a touching poem! Good luck with your future writing as well.


  13. Jodi Lea February 23, 2014 at 11:21 PM #

    Juliana, I’m happy that you stopped by “Not Pretending” and decided to follow. I am also a grandma and writer of children’s stories. I look forward to reading more of your writing.


  14. Stephanae V. McCoy February 20, 2014 at 10:29 AM #

    Hi Julianna, thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I love chocolate chip and chocolate mint chip icecream but the black rasberry sounds divine!! Love the pics of Whiskey and Secret what cuties they are!!


    • Juliana Lee February 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM #

      Thank you too Stephanae! (cool spelling of your name by the way) Can’t wait to hear some of your thoughts. Right now I’m thinking of how muddy my floors will be when the snow melts and those two ‘cuties’ start tromping about the yard! Yikes!


      • Stephanae V. McCoy February 20, 2014 at 11:37 AM #

        LOL!! Funny you should mention the spelling of my name, when I was a kid I hated it b/c I’m like “why can’t I be like everyone else and have a normal name?” Today I love my name and I also love being different, it’s what sets us apart. Please feel free to call me Steph (feels so much more casual to me).


        • Juliana Lee February 20, 2014 at 1:04 PM #

          Thanks Steph! I too have one of those names that I didn’t like as a kid, but love now… maybe it’s just a kid thing!


  15. orthodoxmom3 January 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM #

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Details can be found here:
    Keep up the great work on your blog!



    • Juliana Lee February 20, 2014 at 10:46 AM #

      How did I not see this earlier? Argh! I hope you got the other note I sent you thanking you for the nomination. I accepted it and forwarded it on the several others as well. Thanks again!


  16. Sheila December 16, 2013 at 8:54 PM #

    Nice to meet you! We have a lot of the same loves but I don’t think I’d ever be able to decide on a favorite ice cream flavor. 🙂


    • Juliana Lee December 16, 2013 at 9:07 PM #

      Hi Shelia! If you’d ever had this one, you might!


  17. orthodoxmom3 December 16, 2013 at 4:41 PM #

    We have a few things in common…. I, however, retired from teaching after only ten years (long story) and now homeschool my own kids while trying to start off a writing career. Best wishes! I look forward to reading more of your posts!


    • Juliana Lee December 16, 2013 at 4:47 PM #

      You too! And thanks for stopping by and supporting me!


  18. jama December 10, 2013 at 5:36 AM #

    Hi Juliana!

    Thanks for the follow. Looking forward to reading your blog :).


  19. Cathy C. Hall December 4, 2013 at 11:38 PM #

    Good luck on your new career, Juliana! I can tell from your blog that you’re going to do well. 🙂


    • Juliana Lee December 4, 2013 at 11:58 PM #

      Thank you so much Cathy! I’m so glad you’re here!


  20. cricketmuse November 21, 2013 at 1:03 AM #

    I’m looking forward to retiring but haven’t committed to the exact timing yet. As they say, I’ll keep going as long as it keeps being fun. But grandchildren do help towards making that decision. Happy writing days ahead!


    • Juliana Lee November 21, 2013 at 7:57 AM #

      Hi! I can’t deny it, retirement is wonderful! Hope you get to do it soon!


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