"Good Teachers! CHALKDUST will remind you that teaching our children is a high calling and a joy." —Bill Martin, Jr.

Bill Martin, Jr. is known to parents, teachers, and children worldwide as the author of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and many other wonderfully rhythmic and joyful books.

Founder of International Institute of Literacy's Pathways to Literacy Conferences, Dr. Martin was a true pioneer in the field of literacy acquisition, and he inspired millions of people worldwide to embrace and celebrate the sounds of language.

Over the years, Bill was a very good friend to Elspeth and her husband, Michael, and he was unfailingly supportive of Elspeth's work. He called and wrote to express his appreciation for the CHALKDUST meditation dedicated to him, "At the Summer Workshop".

Selected Works

Books 1–30 in the best-selling "Three Cousins Detective Club" series:
Starring the famous detective-cousins, Timothy, Titus, and Sarah-Jane!


In Praise of Learning

For reading;
that peculiar marks on a page are so able to inform us, to entertain us,
and to move us to laughter and tears,
we thank you, Father.

For handwriting, grammar, and spelling;
which as tools enable us to capture our thoughts
and communicate them clearly to others,
we thank you, Father.

For mathematics;
with its dependable patterns and principles,
which reassure us that the world is not so inconstant as we might fear,
we thank you, Father.

For science;
which challenges us to explore our universe
and reveals the world to be all the more wonderful
the more we understand it,
we thank you, Father.

For social studies;
which teaches us to know ourselves
and to know one another,
we thank you, Father.

For art;
with its absorbing, unexcelled joy
of making,
seeing, and appreciating the beautiful,
we thank you, Father.

For music;
with its mystical power to reach us
and unite us
as nothing else can,
we thank you, Father.

For physical education;
which teaches us to understand our bodies,
and gain satisfaction inherent in strength and skill,
we thank you, Father.

for all truth
and for hearts and minds to know the truth,
we thank you.

—From page 108 in CHALKDUST, by
Elspeth Campbell Murphy

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