National S'mores Day!

August 10 is National S'mores Day!

I'm pleased Cindi Rose, San Francisco's Fiction Examiner, included my book in her National S'mores Day salute. Here is the article and a big thank you to Cindi Rose for the shout out.

If you missed National S'mores Day, remember that August 30 is National Marshmallow Toasting Day! Just a thought . . .

Camping and S'mores Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

by Cindi Rose, San Francisco Children's Fiction Examiner

Camping is an activity that thousands enjoy every time the weather warms up during the summer months. Camping in the backyard or at Yellowstone, neither reaches the fullest potential of enjoyment without s'mores. Just like it seems wrong to eat peanut butter without jelly, it seems wrong to go camping and not eat s'mores.

August 10 is National S'mores Day and what better way to recognize it than going camping and eating the tasty treat. Of course, whether you are able to get outside and pitch a tent or just set one up in your living room, don't forget to bring along some books for bedtime reading after the entire family has gorged on graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows.

There are s'mores recipes out there, believe it or not, but they are truly enjoyed best when made in the simplest of ways.


campfire that has burned down to coals
roasting sticks
graham crackers
chocolate bars


Break each graham cracker in half so that you now have two graham cracker squares.
Break chocolate bar into pieces along scored lines and place one piece on top of graham cracker.
Place a marshmallow on the roasting stick and hold over hot coals, rotating to ensure thorough heating until marshmallow is a golden brown.
Grasping roasted marshmallow between a graham/chocolate layer and another square graham cracker, remove roasting stick.


Camping Books

S Is for S'mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James and Lita Judge An alphabet book? About s'mores and camping? It doesn't get any better than this!

Curious George Goes Camping by Margret Rey and H. A. Rey You know there will be some sort of mishap or mix up when George and the Man with the Yellow Hat go camping.

Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parrish and Lynn Sweat Amelia is so confused. How is she supposed to pitch a tent and all the other things required to go camping?

Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O'Connell George and Kate Kiesler Eighteen poems express the excitement, peace, and craziness that make camping an enjoyable experience.

When I Go Camping With Grandma by Marion Dane Bauer and Allen Garns All the adventures of a camping trip shared between a grandmother and a first-time camper.