biography · mentor texts

A Biography for Baseball Season + a Giveaway

You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!   (The Back Story) by Author Jonah Winter             Though I do understand that what I’m being called on to do here is talk about my research process for You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!, I’m finding that task a bit difficult.   I write 32-page picture book biographies with very… Continue reading A Biography for Baseball Season + a Giveaway

biography · introduction · mentor texts · process · voice

Q&A with the Author of “Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?” + a Giveaway

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell is an expertly crafted biography that can be used to teach students a variety of craft moves during a biography writing unit of study.

biography · Dr. Martin Luther King · mentor texts · speech

Two Books to Honor MLK

May tomorrow be more than just a day off from work and school. May tomorrow be a day when we commemorate the life of a great man who worked peacefully for justice and equality in this country. May the example set by Dr. King inspire us all.

art · biography · illustrations · mentor texts · writers

Step into a biography with an author-illustrator team + a giveaway

Every now and then a book comes along I want to tell everyone about. When I say everyone, I mean blog readers, my family, friends, teachers with whom I consult, and other parents. Today I'm sharing one of those books with you because this is as close as I can get to shouting out how… Continue reading Step into a biography with an author-illustrator team + a giveaway