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Diamond Rattle Loves to Tattle


Boys Town Press
November 20, 2020

Book Details

She's proud to be the school's biggest tattler, always slithering up to the teacher to rat out anyone who makes a mistake or acts a little mischievous. One minute she's outing Opal the Octopus for doodling, and the next minute she's calling out Casey the Cow for blowing bubbles. Is Diamond just a snake in the grass who can't be trusted? The class busybody who likes getting her classmates into trouble? Or does she tattle because she thinks it's the only right thing to do?
Diamond Rattle Loves to Tattle is a cutely illustrated tale about figuring out when the right thing to do means telling an adult and when the best thing to do is figuring it out on your own. A great lesson on developing problem-solving skills for young readers in grades K through 5. Tips for parents and educators are included at the end of the story to help children learn other options besides tattling and getting to know the difference between trying to HELP someone in trouble and trying to GET someone in trouble.

Author Description

Ashley Bartley, M.Ed., NCC is a school counselor whose writing has been published in The Joyful Life Magazine and on the Kindred Mom Blog. Her social emotional learning book series includes "Diamond Rattle Love to Tattle," "Opal Octopus Is Overwhelmed," and "Remi in Overdrive," all published through Boys Town Press. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from The University of Virginia and her M.Ed. in School Counseling from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where she grew up. She also has a diploma from The Institute of Children's Literature and is a National Board Certified Counselor. She lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and three young boys.

Ashley enjoys hiking, camping, playing flute, embroidery, hand-lettering, watching her boys' soccer games, and long-distance running. She also loves helping out her elementary school by juggling and twisting balloon animals for fall carnivals! She has always loved reading, and her dream to become an author began in second grade. She also volunteered as a costumed interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg for eight years, and one day, while giving a tour, one of the children in her tour group recognized her from her social studies textbook! This connection affirmed her love of education and learning, and she went on to become a school counselor. Some of her most fun jobs have been working at a candy store and serving on the leadership team at summer camp, but being a mother has been her favorite role.

Ashley's books include:

Diamond Rattle Loves to Tattle (2020, Boys Town Press)

Opal Octopus Is Overwhelmed (2021, Boys Town Press)

Remi in Overdrive (2022, Boys Town Press)

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