The Magic Poof by Stephen Hodges Illustrated by T. Kyle Gentry

At first glance of this remarkable book, I felt a little uneasy. I have a daughter that had a “poof” when she was growing up and she always complained about it. So I was a little unsure if I would be able to see it differently, but I did. After reading it to myself, I realized that I could make this work in my classroom.

I teach NC Pre-K and wanted to share this experience with my class. We celebrated Multicultural Children’s Book Day by reading this incredible book. The kids listened and laughed. They answered questions like: What do you think Poof will do on picture day? What will he become and what did you like about this book? They raised their hands to answer and ask questions, they discussed ideas with their friends and told me that what they really liked about this book was the pictures!


After reading and sharing this book, I sent them to the Art Center to create their own Poof! They were given the directions to draw a picture of themselves and add their Poof. It could be whatever they wanted it to be. Then, write their names on their paper, bring them to me and tell me what their Poof is. They created some really awesome pictures! There were Ninja Turtle Movie Poofs, A Ball of Poof, A Zebra Poof, A Poof getting bigger and bigger, A long hair Poof, A Bear Poof and A Smiling Poof. I had one little boy who never goes into The Art Center, create 4 different Poofs including a girlfriend for his Poof.


I saw smiles, excitement and wonder as I read this to my class. I know they are better today for hearing and seeing it. Thank you, Stephen Hodges, for a wonderful book!

Lola Brooks

NC Pre-K Teacher

Author of You Are Wonderfully and Beautifully Made


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Embrace your Community

I belong to several communities: school, church and home. But my favorite communities lie outside of these places, but have everything to do with them. My home community consists of family and friends who love and care about me and each other. My church community consists of people who care about other people and a life group that supports and listens to each other. My school community consists of co-workers who have become like family. But my new favorite community is my PLC (Professional Learning Community).

My PLC consists of women who share the same trials and successes. Who change the lives of children daily and who love teaching and believe in their purpose. These ladies work hard to share and improve their craft, follow center, county and state rules and regulations while making sure their students are learning, safe and sound. Today we met after a day of teaching to connect and discuss a book we’ve been reading together. We started discussing the book, but our time turned into a sharing of our classrooms and students, inspiring and uplifting each other, believing and supporting one another. We didn’t try to one-up each other, we didn’t focus on ourselves and we didn’t try to have all the answers.

We listened to each other, we supported each other and we cared for each other. Brought together by a county who believes we can do more together than alone. One who supports and guides us to continue to be superior in our field of expertise. One who believes that teachers are just as important as the students they teach.

Teachers, in a world where test scores are considered more important than what is taught, we must remember that God made us for this purpose. He created you on purpose, for This purpose. You are like no other person, so stop wanting and trying to be like someone else. You are wonderfully and beautifully made! You are who God created you to be! There is no one who can do what you can do, there is no one who teaches the way you do, there is no one who loves and supports the students the way you do. You are the only one; the only you! He knew you before you were even born. He created you, knitted you together, very special, very unique,very you!

God saw your unformed body; all the days ordained for you were written in God’s book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16-italicize words are author added). He knows you, created you and loves you! He is your Rock, Savior and Best Friend! He is always here for you! Trust His ways and trust His journey in your life! Your purpose brings Him glory! Just be Awesome YOU!

On a side note:

Remember to take time out of your busy day just for you! Go home, get alone and brush off the day. What you didn’t get to do or say today, can be said or done tomorrow. Tomorrow is a new day, a start over! Leave the past in the past and move forward into today. Begin again each day! Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning! Psalm 30:5b-NIV

My YouTube Channel and Stuff

Hi everyone!  I hope you’re having a wonderful 2017 so far.  Before 2016 was over, I started a YouTube channel:  Lola R Brooks.  I BOLDLY  made an introduction video and then added other videos I made.  My goal is to be notice.  Not in a famous, be on television way; although some interviews would be nice.  But for my books to be noticed.  

I am very introverted and extroverted only when I have to be.  I would like my books to be on every bookstore shelf and in every hand all over the world.  I have big plans and dreams.  But I serve a BIG God who placed this dream inside me and knows my heart’s desire.  This will be fulfilled.  But I know that I have to do my part, too. 

Getting noticed means being in public and doing videos and speeches and photos and book signings and talking to people I don’t know.  Scary!  And very much out of my comfort zone!  But I will do it and try not to talk myself out of it.  I will make new friends and network.  I will be obedient with God’s plans for my life because I know his plans give me hope and a future.  They do not harm me.  My Heavenly Father loves me and he created me just for this.  He doesn’t send the qualified, He qualifies the sender.  

Check out my  YouTube channel: Lola R Brooks and sucscribe.  Let’s support each other’s goals and dreams, even if they aren’t our own.  God’s purpose for your life is different from everyone else’s purpose!  He’s calling YOU to your purpose!  Will you accept it?  I pray that you will!  Your life will never be the same!

Jeremiah 29:11-“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” NIV

Why I Mission In Honduras and how you can help!

Why I Mission in Honduras!  

 Mission Trip: June 22-29, 2017


I mission in Honduras because every heart needs a place, I mission because every heart has a face.

I mission to change lives; mostly my own. I mission to trust Jesus in my heart that’s on loan.

I mission to give back what God has given me, I mission because He gave me victory.

Over trouble and over death, I find joy in all I see, God gave me new eyes to see those who live in poverty.

He needs me to stand not alone, but with friends, and travel with Revolution Church to the far ends……of the earth.

To reach those far and wide, who may not know that Jesus survived.

I can’t escape the way I feel, it’s in my heart and oh so real.

To mission with Louder Than Words Ministry means to give my all, to be generous and stand tall.

For all of those who cannot go and do, please pray for our team and give money, too.

The support to give, weather money or prayer, will help us go where some would not dare.

I mission to help those that are in need, to give my heart and plant a seed.

How you can help! 

Go to and donate any amount.

Also pray for our team as we love and minister to Centro Integral Orphanage and work in a village (Las Lomitas) on several construction projects, daily bible school with the children and evangelism opportunities throughout the village.  I will be sharing my testimony, leading a skit, teaching a bible story and leading a game.

Please pray generously and give as God lays it on your heart.  Thank you!