Alphabet Summer Scrapbook

I’ve created two new Summer Books for children. Both are FREE on Teachers Pay Teachers.

The first is an Alphabet Book written by me with pictures and captions related to the Summer Season.

The second is the same book with blank alphabet pages for children to draw, write, or apply their own Summer Pictures.

R. Janet Walraven’s Rainbow of Promise

Rainbow of Promise: A World War II Romance by R. Janet Walraven

My newly published book is NOW available.

True romance—the historical fiction version of my parents’ love story during World War II—how they met, their romance, surprises, obstacles, sorrows, and triumphs. Writing it has been pure JOY!


It’s 1942, a time when soldiers, despite wartime fears, hold onto their dreams of love everlasting. W.E. finds his world turned upside down when he meets beautiful and vivacious Sadina―a woman determined to live every day with joy. Will secrecy sever the trust in their romance? This poignant World War II romance is based on the love story of the author’s parents. Includes historical photos.

Bonus: historical photos included in all versions.  I am thrilled to share it with you.

Here’s how to get it on Amazon or from me:

1. Print version: $12.95 plus tax (shipping is free if you have Amazon Premium).  I’d love a 5-star review after you’ve finished this delightful read.

2. If you don’t want to order from Amazon, send me $15 (includes my cost for shipping and tax), and I’ll gift you the book through Amazon. That way you are able to post a 5-star review 😊—Yay!

3. Kindle Regular — $3.99 and please post a review.

4. Kindle Unlimited free if you have an account. Some don’t realize that they can only have 10 books at a time in their Kindle Library. It’s not a book that you “own” on Kindle Unlimited.  Need I mention…please post a review?!

Please keep in mind that reviews do not have to be lengthy or complicated. You can post a review on Amazon and copy the same review to Goodreads and/or Facebook or any other social media.

Reviews are the bread-and-butter for authors. A special thanks to those of you who purchased my last book, CONNECT FOR CLASSROOM SUCCESS and posted reviews on Amazon and/or Goodreads. I am very grateful!  If you haven’t yet, it’s never too late.


R. Janet Walraven is an award-winning writer of short stories, creative non-fiction, poetry, and novels. Her Masters in Education and her passion for excellence in education prompted her to write Connect for Classroom Success: A Mentoring Guide for Teachers K-12.

Now retired after 35 years of teaching, she enjoys gardening, traveling in Europe, visiting the beaches of Cabo and the Caribbean, and writing. She has lived all over the United States and chose New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment with its eternal sunshine, as her place to call home.

Her latest book, Rainbow of Promise: A World War II Romance, is based on the true story of her parents during the war years. 

Once Upon A Storytime Live Facebook

Once Upon A Storytime has a new Once Upon A Storytime Live Facebook page. Starting next week, we will be streaming live to the new page.  If you haven’t already done so, please like the page and share from there to your network.  Team work makes the dream work!  

In addition, I am requesting that you subscribe to our new YouTube channel:  Once Upon A Storytime Live on YouTube and our new Instagram channel:  Once Upon A Storytime Live on Instagram as I tag you on these platforms! 

We have some great shows for you this week! 

👩‍👧‍👦📚 On June 30th best selling children’s author Erika Liodice will be reading from her book Rookie of the Year.  

🧘🏾‍🧘 On July 1st Heather Kamala from KiDo Kids Yoga is back for some yoga fun. 

👩‍👧‍👦📚 On July 2nd best selling children’s author, Bruce Hale is back and will be reading from his book Big Bad Baby. 

All shows stream live on the Once Upon A Storytime Live Facebook Page and the website where you can also download the activity sheets.

Don’t forget to like and follow us on Once Upon A Storytime Live on Facebook. Once Upon A Storytime Live on YouTube and Once Upon A Storytime Live on Instagram 

Once Upon A Storytime welcomes best-selling children authors and leaders in the Yoga community who share their award winning books and interactive classes with children and their parents. We invite you to join us every Tuesday through Thursday at 10:30am PT/1:30pm ET.

Check out The Kids Corner for some cool things to do: 👈

Happy Juneteenth

As Americans, we must educate ourselves and learn all of our history. To learn more about this historic day visit

I’ve done some research to reinforce what I already knew and to learn even more. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

Juneteenth commemorates African American Freedom in The United States of America.

Although President Abraham Lincoln signed The Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, not all African-American slaves claimed their freedom that day.

It wasn’t until Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, that the last of the enslaved people won their freedom in America.

General Order #3:

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer.”

Many of the newly freed slaves celebrated by drinking red soda, a beverage they weren’t allowed to drink as slaves. Eating and drinking red-colored food remains a tradition today.

Many families will gather together for a barbecue. Some popular menu items include: beef brisket, potato salad, Marcus Garvey bean salad, red-velvet cake, and strawberry pie.

The red color symbolizes perseverance and the struggles the slaves endured.

Once Upon A Storytime/Yogatime Programs

We have some great programs for you this week!

👩‍👧‍👦📚 On June 16th, we welcome #1 best selling children’s author Sheri Fink. Sheri will be reading from her book,The Little Dragon.  Click here to get a reminder and join the conversation:

🧘🏾‍🧘 On June 17th, Heather Kamala is back for some yoga fun. Click here to get a reminder and join us live:

👩‍👧‍👦📚 On June 18th, we welcome children’s author Stacy Bauer. Stacy will be reading from her book Cami and Wyatt Have Too Much Screen Time. Click here to get a reminder and join the conversation:

🧘🏾🧘 On June 19th, we welcome back Rachel Rush for some yoga fun. Click here to get a reminder and join us live:

If you missed last week’s shows you can watch them here:

Madeleine Sherak, PhD:

Heather Kamala: 

Angela Shante:  

All shows stream on Facebook and YouTube.  You can also watch the shows live on

Once Upon A Storytime welcomes best-selling children authors who share their award winning books with children and their parents. Once Upon a Yoga Time welcomes leaders in the Yoga community who introduce yoga and mindfulness to children and their families. We invite you to join us every Tuesday through Friday at 10:30am PT/1:30pm ET for these interactive events.

You can see all past shows and get the activity downloads here:

Check out The Kids Corner for some cool things to do: 👈

I Can Get Paid To Read Books?

We all know reading is a good thing. It’s fun, it’s relaxing, and it makes you smarter. Not everyone is aware, however, that reading can make you money, too.

“I would love to get paid to read books! But I don’t have any experience! Where to begin?”

I’m going to share all the information you need to start proofreading professionally, so you can get paid to read books all day long.

What I’ll teach you:

  1. How to do the job
  2. How to get the jobs

Starting out in proofreading is one of those chicken and the egg situations. How do you get a proofreading job without knowing how to proofread? And how do you learn how to proofread without doing proofreading jobs?

You can take all the classes you want and read every “how-to” book on the market, but the truth is, the best way to begin is to just begin. A boss I once had said, “the best way to learn is to do.”

While your first few jobs may not be the most prestigious or lucrative, they will allow you to create a serviceable pool of experience to put on your résumé.

Keep a list of the jobs you complete as you build experience. The more experience you have, the easier it will be to get hired. Every job you take on will pave the way to another more exciting and well-paying gig.

Reach out: Get in Touch with Someone (in a Corona-approved Fashion)

You may have heard that everyone on Earth is separated from everyone else by no more than six relatives or friends. Take advantage of these six commas of separation through your immediate circle of associates.

Networking through friends and family is a time-honored and non-threatening place to begin any experience-building adventure. Make contact with everyone listed in your Rolodex. Don’t dismiss anyone out of hand. You may be pleasantly surprised by who can help you.

When contacting your network, simply communicate that you are beginning your proofreading career.

If you have friends in business, you can proofread their brochures, business cards, correspondences, or even restaurant menus. A friend in school may need someone to look over a thesis or dissertation.

Someone you know (or a “friend of a friend”) may even work in some sort of publishing job and will let you come in and trail them for a day. Or perhaps they will let you swing by and poke your head in on a project. Anything with words that relies on a system of grammar to communicate information can be proofread.

Let’s Get Loud

Put it on blast, friend. You have to get the word out! If no one knows that you’ve decided to take on proofreading as a career change, no one will be able to help you. Post an update on Facebook.

Build profiles for yourself on sites like Upwork, Fiverr, and FlexJobs. Send emails. Apply, apply, apply! Don’t receive a response after your first message? Message again. It’s not rude; it’s standard business convention. People need to be gently prodded. And prodded.

Boo-Hoo, Thy Name Is Internet

The Internet is an incredible resource for practice materials, offering two great benefits: instant access and anonymity.

And because you can communicate with people online through written correspondence, it is a very comfortable way to start practicing the skill of approaching unfamiliar people.

Have you ever found an error on a website? (Only once every five minutes, it seems!) There’s your opportunity to reach out and land yourself a job.

Reach out, say hello, politely point out the error, and offer to proofread the entire site at a discounted, COVID-friendly rate.

You’ll be well on your way to earning income in your PJs. We go into depth on the steps to make this happen on the Paid To Proofread website, book and e-course.

As you build experience, you can build referrals, which leads to more work and more joy for your brain and your wallet.

There you have it: three simple steps to get you going fast down the road of proofreading, whether towards a successful career, easy side-gig, or gainful hobby.

Wishing you joy on your proofreading journey,

Sue Gilad