One of many stories

Thursday, March 12: When I woke up Thursday morning, I decided to self-isolate. I woke up with a heaviness in my chest, like someone was sitting on it. I also had a sore throat and a dry cough. I checked my temperature and it was normal. I have not been overseas and have not knowinglyContinue reading “One of many stories”

2020 Going All In Diary: Family Goals Day 11

One of my goals for the new year is to plan at least one day a month when Ian and I get outside and take a walk or enjoy nature in some way. Today was the perfect day to accomplish this goal for January. For more about goal setting, listen to https://paulinehawkins.com/2020/01/05/episode-111-going-all-in-in-2020-with-molly-campbell/

A book for everyone

I’ve been rereading Uncommon Core in preparation for planning out my next book, and I have to tell you, it’s giving me the feels. I’ve cried through every chapter, remembering the connection I had with my students and the lessons we learned from each other. In some ways, it’s a hard book to market becauseContinue reading “A book for everyone”

2020 Going All In Diary: Health Goals, Day 5

Ian and I have gotten into the habit of eating a bowl of chips while watching TV before bed. We both know this is not good for us, but I’m old. I like traditions. Last night, I was wrapped in a blanket with Chico on my lap, thinking about those jalapeno chips I bought earlierContinue reading “2020 Going All In Diary: Health Goals, Day 5”

What if…

Some thoughts to consider for the new year. What if we stopped expecting schools to protect our children from the world and started teaching our children to be better for the world? What if we stopped removing obstacles from our children’s paths and let them experience the strength that comes from overcoming them? What ifContinue reading “What if…”

Questions about my Animal Farm Social Experiment

It’s interesting how many teachers email me about a post I wrote six years ago, Animal Farm Lessons. People can read it at HuffPost or in my book Uncommon Core, so it’s easy to find it if they are looking for lesson plans for Animal Farm. Today, I spent some time answering these questions: 1.Continue reading “Questions about my Animal Farm Social Experiment”

For I Am Yours Press Release

Winsome Watercolor Illustrations Highlight New Children’s Picture Book “For I Am Yours”   Endearing Children’s Picture Book Extols the Twin Values of Love and Security for Little Ones   NASHVILLE, Tennessee (November 15, 2019) – Author Pauline Hawkins and illustrator Lorraine Watry are celebrating the unveiling of their charming new children’s picture book, For I Am Yours,Continue reading “For I Am Yours Press Release”

Loving Mom

Recently I had an experience that was surreal in its timing and a reminder of the cyclical nature of life. Mid to late July I was anxiously awaiting the illustrations to be done for my book For I Am Yours and enjoying a rare time of fulfillment and joy. The day finally came that LorraineContinue reading “Loving Mom”

For I Am Yours: Watercolor Illustrations

I’m thrilled to share another completed illustration for my children’s book For I Am Yours. Lorraine Watry is the amazing illustrator, and she’s been blogging about her process for her followers and students. She has never illustrated a book before, but her watercolor paintings have won numerous awards. To read more about her process, go to: Continue reading “For I Am Yours: Watercolor Illustrations”

For I Am Yours: The Story Behind the Story

When my daughter Carol Linn was about four years old, she asked me to tell her a story instead of reading one to her. She loved story time and would beg me to read at least two books a night to her, so when she asked me to tell her a story, I was inContinue reading “For I Am Yours: The Story Behind the Story”