Betsy’s Favorites

Books My Mother Read to Me – Over and Over (because I asked her to)

The Plant Sitter, by Gene Zion                                          

Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White                                         

The Lonely Doll, by Dare Wright                                     

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith                 

Millions of Cats, by Wanda Ga’g                                         

Little Bear, by Else Holmelund Minarik                        

The Story About Ping, by Marjorie Flack                    

The Trumpet of the Swans, by E. B. White                   

Caps For Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina                              

Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey         

Tikki Tikki Tembo, by Arlene Mosel     

The Five Chinese Brothers, by Claire Huchet Bishop

Some of My Favorite Books                                                            

Ida B, by Katherine Hannigan

Take Joy, by Jane Yolen

Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse                               

The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls

The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico

Millicent Min Girl, Genius by Lisa Yee

Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker

Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant

A Long Way From Chicago, by Richard Peck

Pictures of Hollis Woods, by Patricia Reilly Giff

Milkweed, by Jerry Spinelli

Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott

Favorite Music

Classical (especially Mozart)

Dave Matthews

Norah Jones

Shirley Horn


Sarah McLachlan

Corinne Bailey Rae

Thomas Newman

Jack Johnson



Joni Mitchell

Judy Collins


  1. Hi Betsy, I enjoy your website so much and am following it along with a few others. How is the writing going since Toms River? I have not redone “Horace the Horse” yet…too many other projects clamor for attention. I plan to attend the March 28 mentoring workshop . Are you going to be there? Keep writing!

  2. I love your pictures.
    Maybe tomorrow I’ll bring the camera with me to my garden. Looks like I’m missing out on the details

    • Thanks, Kathie! I really try to keep a camera with me most of the time. Of course, charged and with free memory space.

  3. Hi Betsy,

    I enjoyed your Christmas story about your 5 year old granddaughter. At work two weeks ago, one of the Kindergartners told me she had a secret. When I asked her what it was, she said “My mom’s having a baby for Christmas.” When I asked her if it was a boy or a girl she said, “We don’t know but it’s one or the other.” Children are what make the holidays so wonderful.

    Best wishes and my regards to you. Hope to see you at the February Mentoring workshop.

    • Hi Darlene,

      Thanks for your story. Yes, children are what make the holidays so wonderful!


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