Read With Us: How To Be An Antiracist

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Though our topical blog posts pause for the summer, we hope you will join us as we engage in literacy-rich and anti-racist work by reading How To Be An Antiracist.

Instructional Ideas Inspired by the Author Spotlight Series

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Have you been a reader of our annual Author Spotlight Series? How have you used these posts to inspire your teaching? Read on to find a collection of the Author Spotlight posts and ideas for using these treasures with your students.

End-of-the-Year Distance Learning Writing Celebrations

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It can be done.

Reimagine Tools for Summertime Writing

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Many of us will be satisfied if kids choose to JUST WRITE this summer. However, for the students who are ready to do more than just write, we can provide them with a nudge to transform tools they’ve leaned on during the school year so they can become updated tools for at-home, independent use this summer.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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We hope you’ll join us this Tuesday for the Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Ending Our Pandemic School Year

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Now our year is coming to a close and we are having to find new ways to end the year and say goodbye. With another change comes another opportunity for trauma… it is important to remember that the health and welfare of every person comes first, even and especially as we bring the school year to a close.

Some Summer Writing Motivation

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The idea of creating anything at all that motivates children to continue learning and developing themselves as writers has kept me awake over the last few nights. And after a conversation with a… Continue reading

Journal Writing Strategies While Living Through a Pandemic

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“Writing about distressing events and how we feel about them is the only kind of writing that clinically has been associated with improved health,” Louise DeSalvo

Do the Most Good and the Least Harm During Remote Instruction

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How can we do the most good and the least harm when communicating with caregivers, hosting virtual meetings, and planning remote writing instruction?

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Join us each Tuesday for the Slice of Life Story Challenge! It’s never too late to start!

Teaching From Home: Another Poetry Lesson

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Today I share a poetry lesson from one of my favorite resources. This lesson is ready to use in your classroom too!

The Keeper of Wild Words: Celebrating the Lost Words of Nature

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Author Brooke Smith hopes to bring a little nature into children’s lives, by introducing them to wild words that were taken out of the Oxford Junior Dictionary and are now celebrated in this joyous picture book.

Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable in Writing a Professional Book

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Writing a professional book can feel like jumping from a high-dive. Author Katie Cunningham explains how it requires getting comfortable with the uncomfortable including having the courage to start, the vulnerability to keep going, and the willingness to receive feedback from a place of humility.

The Threads of Writing a Picture Book Biography

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Kelly Starling Lyons shares about her experience of writing Dream Builder, a picture book biography about Philip G. Freelon, an architect who created he National Museum of African American History & Culture.

One Little Bag, One Little Story

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Henry Cole’s childhood paper lunch bag is the main character here. Find out how something so mundane can end up being a connection to the past, and a symbol of planet conservancy.

Writing About Your Past

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In this behind-the-scenes glimpse, author Helena Ku Rhee delves into her process of writing The Paper Kingdom. The book is based on her childhood memories of accompanying her parents to their job as night janitors.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Join us every Tuesday for the Slice of Life Story Challenge!

The Story Behind WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS and Writing Lyrical Nonfiction

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Carole Lindstrom discusses the inspiration behind WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS and talks about how she approaches nonfiction stories.

How to Write in a Pandemic

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In this difficult, historic moment, all stories matter. Author Laurel Snyder reminds us to be sure we let our kids tell their own.

Announcing the 5th Annual #TWTBlog Author Spotlight Series

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For the next seven days, published picture book, middle-grade, and professional book authors will take over #TWTBlog to share their thoughts on writing, their writing processes, and the path to publishing with you.
Check out their daily posts for book + author chat giveaways!