2017 SOLSC Prize Winners

sol17-giveaway-imageIt is my pleasure to announce the 10th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge prize winners.  All participants who signed up for the challenge, completed the challenge faithfully, and signed our Participant Pledge were eligible for a prize.  All winners were chosen using a random number generator.  Winners, as well as the generous donors will all be contacted via email within the next ten days.

Each prize is listed as it was in the reveal post with the winner(s) listed in bold blue. Good luck!




Candlewick Press is donating two prize packs of themed books to two winners. The two winners are Diane Anderson and Erin Baker.




Charlesbridge Publishing is donating a set of newly released picture books from its collection to one winner. The winner is Rebekah Askeland. 


Chronicle Books is donating a prize package of four books to one lucky winner. The winner is Bryanna Norman.


Heinemann is donating twelve subscriptions to their Digital Campus Reference Library to twelve winners. The twelve winners are Michelle Haseltine, Michelle Brezek, Brittany Butler, Katie Gordon, Jen Beck, Judy Curtiss, Molly Hogan, Katie Diez, Jen Driggers, Jodie Mahoney, Anita Ferreri, and Karen Hasler.

Digital Campus Reference Library

Additionally, they are donating a total of sixteen books.  Seventeen winners will receive one of the following books:

The Big Book of Details: 46 Moves for Teaching Writers to Elaborate by Rozlyn Linder Winner: Liz Garden

Big Book

Writing Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo Winner: Debbie Head



Flip Your Writing Workshop by Dana Johansen and Sonja Cherry-Paul Winner: Barbara Keene


The Unstoppable Writing Teacher: Real Strategies for the Real Classroom by M. Colleen Cruz Winner: LeAnn Carpenter

The Unstoppable Writing Teacher



Read Write Teach: Choice and Challenge in The Reading-Writing Workshop by Linda Rief Winner: Bob Hamera

Read Write Teach

The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching edited by Matt Glover and Ellin Oliver Keene Winner: Jessica Carey

The Teacher You Want to Be

No More Mindless Homework by Kathy Collins and Janine Bempechat, Edited by Nell K. Duke and Ellin Oliver Keene Winner: Cindy Hjorth



Writing with Mentors: How to Reach Every Writer in the Room Using Current, Engaging Mentor Texts by Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell Winner: Keven Hodgson

Writing with Mentors

DIY Literacy by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts Winner: Morgan Davis


Writers ARE Readers: Flipping Reading Instruction into Writing Opportunites by Lester Laminack and Reba M. Wadsworth Winner: Aileen Hower

Writers ARE Readers

Heart Maps by Georgia Heard Winner: Beth Scanlon


The Curious Classroom by Harvey “Smokey” Daniels Winner: Cari Bergstrom


A Mindset For Learning by Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz Winner: Fran McCrackin


The Journey is Everything by Katherine Bomer Winner: Erin Montoya


Joy Write by Ralph Fletcher Winner: Kipp Moyer



Classroom Management Matters: The Social–Emotional Learning Approach Children Deserve by Gianna Cassetta and Brook Sawyer Winner: Shawnda Fukano

Classroom Management Matters



Kids Can Press

Kids Can Press is donating two prize packs to two separate winners.  Each winner will receive a pack of ten books by Ashley Spires . The two winners are Dana Murphy and Darlene Andre.

LBYR_Logo (1)Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is donating five prizes to five winners. Each winner will receive a copy of Gus and Me, The Story of My Grandad and My First Guitar signed by Keith Richards. The five winners are Meggin Verduzco, Joanne Toft, Amy Warntz, Robin Sheldon, and Brian Rozinsky.


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Responsive Classroom is donating three book packages to three winners.  One winner will receive a copy of The First Six Weeks, The Morning Meeting Book by Carol Davis and Roxann Kriete, and  The Power of Our Words by Paula Denton. The winner is Noel Kaczmarczyk.





Another winner will receive a copy of The Joyful Classroom, Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE, and Other Special Areas, and EnergizersThe winner is Shelley Keller. 




The third winner will receive The Power of Our Words for Middle School, Middle School Motivators, and Refocus and Recharge! 50 Brain Breaks for Middle Schoolers. The winner is Mandy Robek.



Engaging Academics


Scholastic is donating a prize pack of books and exciting materials to one winner. The winner is Joanne Rowe.


Simon & Schuster is donating an assortment of young adult novels from their collection to one lucky winner. The winner is Becky Leff.


Stenhouse Publishers is donating nine titles to nine winners.  

Becoming a Literacy Leader, Supporting Learning and Change by Jennifer Allen Winner: Ali Vrbas

screen-shot-2017-02-14-at-5-35-10-pmCraft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts by Stacey Shubitz Winner: Anna Barrick


The Author’s Apprentice, Developing Writing Fluency, Stamina, and Motivation Through Authentic Publication by  Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg Winner: JeNan Merrill

Interactive Writing Across  Grades, A Small Practice with Big Results by Kate Roth and Joan Dabrowski Winner: Vanessa Worrell


Starting Strong, Evidence Based Early Literacy Practices by Katrin Blamey and Katherine Beauchat Winner: Ona Feinberg


Teaching Globally, Reading the World Through Literature by Kathy G. Short, Deanna Day, and Jean Schroeder Winner: Shelly Surridge


Conferring with Young Writers, What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do by Kristin Ackerman and Jennifer McDonough Winner: Jennifer Bless


Still Learning to Read, Teacher Students in Grades 3-6 Second Edition by Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak Winner: Melody Keasler


Dream Wakers, Mentor Texts That Celebrate Latino Culture by Ruth Culham Winner: Amanda Regan


Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, otherwise known as The 2 Sisters, are donating ten prizes. Five winners will receive a three-month online membership to The Daily Cafe, and five winners will receive a three-month membership to CCPensieve, an online classroom conferring program.

The five winners of a three-month online subscription to The Daily Cafe are Elisa Waingort, Jennifer Floyd, Krystin Beavers, Katy Collins, and Deborah Vichos.


The Daily Cafe

The five winners of a three-month online subscription to the CC Pensieve are Heidi Clark, Suzanne Scannell, Kathy Schuitema, MaryAnn Reilly, and Teri Cote.


In addition to these generous publishing companies, we also received donations from individual authors who support the mission of Two Writing Teachers.

Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg is donating a personalized, autographed copy of  The Author’s Apprentice, Stenhouse PublishersThe winner is Caroline Gonzalez.


Kate Roberts is donating a copy of DIY Literacy by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts. The winner is Tammy Stoker.diy

Jennifer Serravallo is donating a signed copy of The Writing Strategies BookThe winner is Kristina Moore.

The Writing Strategies Book


AmyLV1-2Amy Ludwig Vanderwater is donating a copy of her book Everyday Birds to one winner and Forest Has a Song to a second winner.

Every Day Birds goes to Lindsey Simmons.


The winner of Forest Has a Song is Amelia Vigil. forest-has-a-song


Janiel Wagstaff is donating a copy of her newest book We Can Do This: Student Written Mentor Texts that Teach and Inspire (K-2) coming out spring, 2017, from Stenhouse PublishersThe winner is Mandy Nabors.



Finally, we also received donations from our own writing community of year-long Slice of Life writers.

Lisa Corbett is donating a “teacher of writers” prize pack! A box of writing conference related goodies. (Post-its, pens, etc.) to one lucky winner. The winner is Kim Koehler.

Emily Culbertson is donating a copy of 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Precepts by R.J. Palacio and an ideas@work journal to one winner. The winner is Jone MacCulloch. 


Sally Donnelly is donating one copy of 59 Reasons to Write by Kate Messner to one winner and one copy of Heart Maps by Georgia Heard to a second winner.

The winner of 59 Reasons to Write is Sandy Wasserman. 


The winner of Heart Maps is Marilyn Minor. 



Aileen Hower is donating a Hershey’s Favorites Chocolate care package to one lucky chocolate lover. The winner is Maureen Cooper.

Erika Victor is donating one copy of our own Stacey Shubitz’s newest book, Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor TextsThe winner is Susan Kennedy.


As you may remember, we had three mid-month challenges. Those prizes were donated by Stenhouse Publishers, The Highlights Foundation, and our friends Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan, authors of Assessment in Perspective

As previously announced, those winners were Fran Haley for the Stenhouse Publishers prize, Laurie Pandorf won the Highlights Foundation prize, and Leah Walpuck & Jennifer Kessler won the prize from Clare and Tammy. 











We hope you enjoyed watching your writerly life grow this past March. Even if you did not win a prize, I am hopeful that you feel the pride within yourself on a job well done. Go buy yourself a fancy pen and new notebook! I give you permission. Happy slicing on Tuesday’s each week. As you know, we have been taking our annual blogging vacation this past week but will return tomorrow, April 17th. Happy spring to all.