Butterflies: Exploring the Life Cycle

Book is available on Amazon and order through bookstores, nationwide.

Encourage young readers to discover our wonderful world through an exciting new multidisciplinary approach. Science lovers and nature enthusiasts will enjoy the poems about butterflies and the beautiful nature photography. The life cycle of butterflies is a common theme in early education classrooms. 

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Encourage young readers to discover our wonderful world through an exciting multidisciplinary approach. Perfect for science lovers and nature enthusiasts alike. This early learning STEAM book uses simple scientific facts and artistic mediums such as poetry and photography to introduce a variety of common North American birds.


Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s for the Primary Grades: Activities to Expand Children's Books

by Shirley Raines and Brian Scott Smith. 978-087659-309. Available from Gryphon House, Amazon, and Other Early Childhood Sources.

​Selecting the best stories from the original and adding popular new selections, 90 different children's books are featured with 18 different thematic curriculum units, and 450 activities.


Creativity and the Arts with Young Children, Third Edition, with Rebecca Isbell.

ISBN: 978-1111-838072. Available from Wadsworth: Cengage Learning, Amazon.com, Other Early Education Resources.

Discovering the artist within, this work focuses on nurturing creativity in your children, during a critical time of development. It concentrates on the importance of integrating the arts into all aspects of the early childhood program. The reader is shown how creative arts enrich a curriculum and become a motivating tool for engaging young children.

An Uncommon Journey: Leadership Lessons From a Preschool Teacher Who Became A University PresidenT

2018, Outskirts Press: Paperback ISBN 978-1-9772-0052-5; Hardback ISBN 978-0057-0. Available from Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Outskirts press, Kindle.

Dr. Shirley Raines, a much sought after speaker, author, and leadership development consultant earned her way from a humble farm in Tennessee to the office of the President of the University of Memphis as their first woman president. In this frank and heartfelt volume, Dr. Raines shares how this unlikely journey happened. She describes immense challenges she faced and invaluable lessons learned along the way. She encourages women and men to pursue careers as leaders, whatever the leadership title.

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More Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s:
More Activities to Expand Children's Favorite Books

Gryphon House: Paperback 978876591536.

450 new activities based on 18 curriculum units and 90 different children's books. This book has stood the test of time because children's books that are popular stay in print for many years.


Books listed below by Shirley Raines have won the following awards: Benjamin Franklin Award, National Parenting and Publications Award, Parent's Choice Award, Parent's Guide to Children's Media, Teacher's Choice Award, and Early Childhood News Directors Choice Awards.

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Never, EVER, Serve SUGARY Snacks on RAINY DAYS: and Other Words of Wisdom for Teachers of Young Children

Gryphon House: Paperback ISBN 9780876597187. Available from Gryphon House and Amazon.

The updated verizon of this warm and witty collection of advice inspires teachers of young children.  The collection of entertaining photographs and words of wisdom is a hit as a gift for interns, beginning teachers, and appreciation keepsake. The book is filled with beautiful photographs of children, quotes to frame, and words of wisdom. As the title implies, the book sayings are funny, but the advice is timeless.  

Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s for Infants, Toddler, and Twos: Experiences, Activities, and Games for Popular Children's Books

by Shirley Raines, Karen Miller, and Leah Curry-Rood. Available from Gryphon House, Amazon, and Other Early Childhood Sources.  Gryphon House:

Paperback 0-87659-274-4

The 12 units include story s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s for familiar and some classic children's books for infants, toddlers, and twos.  Some familiar songs and fingerplays are included as reminders for parents and caregivers, but all are s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r in new ways.