The Teeny Tiny Tadpoleby Donna Castle Richardson , Ed.D.
- At the edge of a lake floated some little jelly balls with black spots in the middle. Out of one of the little jelly balls swam a teeny tiny tadpole. The teeny tiny tadpole doesn’t know where she is. She doesn’t know who she is. But she is changing, and fast! Join The Teeny Tiny Tadpole as she meets all the different fish in the lake. Will she find out what kind of animal she is before it’s too late?
Little Lilly Ladybugby Donna Castle Richardson , Ed.D.
- The excitement of change and growing up is the underlying theme of Little Lilly Ladybug. Little Lilly Larvae matures magically into a beautiful ladybug. The life cycle occurs as the Little Lilly Larvae meets other ladybugs and learns about sharing and manners while growing up in a beautiful herb garden. She discovers her purpose in life to help make things better around her.
- The rhythm, imagery, and rhyme of folk literature characteristics influence this story through the use of refrains and talking insects. Folk literature characteristics are used to create an unforgettable story based on an age-old theme of change. This book is a classic to be savored and shared for generations and a second in a life cycle series.
- “Little Lilly Ladybug is dedicated to my lovely mother, Margie Hamilton Castle Perryman, who will turn 90 this year.
Reading With a Childby Donna Castle Richardson , Ed.D.
- Books can be a catalyst for building stronger relationships by talking, reading, and listening. This handbook shares initial strategies for parents who really want to make a difference in preparing their child for reading with understanding.
- This book evolved from a nationally recognized reading training program that was developed as a part of a US Department of Education tutor training grant. Dr. Richardson’s interest in literacy and children’s literature lead to the writing and publishing of the Teeny Tiny Tadpole and Little Lilly Ladybug written with folk literature characteristics. The stories are themed around changes as the body matures and grows. The interactive strategies in the handbook will make young children’s stories come alive for the child and parent.
Birds Being Birdsby Donna Castle Richardson, E.d. D.
- I woke up one morning singing in my head, “I was walking in the park one day.” My thought of the music flowing through my head was the inspiration for this book, Birds Being Birds. The music had been a favorite song of mine since childhood. I had created my own version for years. I immediately thought of people walking in the park on a Sunday afternoon at the turn of the eighteenth century—the ladies in beautiful frilly long dresses with lacy parasols, men in their best Sunday suits, children playing, and beautiful colorful birds flying around. What a breathtaking scene of peace and happiness.
- Combining the thoughts of a beautiful park scene with my goal to write a simple easy to read book for young children using a rhythmic pattern, I immediately wrote a poem that can be adapted to a classic melody, “I Was Strolling in the Park One Day” written by Ed Haley and published in 1884. The culmination is this very special and unforgettable poem called Birds Being Birds that will become a family favorite for generations.