Category Archive: illustrations

Food Writing, Community Building, and a Book Giveaway


Writing workshop thrives when a community of children come together as writers who know each other. The first six weeks of school is when we build community. Here’s one way to build relationships and encourage kids to write about one of their favorite things simultaneously.

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of Eric Carle and Friends’ newest book, What’s Your Favorite Food?

Let Them Color, Because…


How often do your students get to color?
How often do your students get to illustrate their books in color?
Do your students color with meaning and purpose?

This post shares research and tips for making writing workshop more colorful (in any grade!).

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.… Continue reading

The Book Stack


An eclectic little stack today. Click on the images to go to a link about the book. I’ve been enjoying books I can read a little here and a little there. This book,… Continue reading

Opinion Writing in Kindergarten


In one of the kindergarten classrooms I’ve been working in, we’ve been learning: Writers share their opinions. This has been a unit of study inspired by the Common Core State Standards, which place… Continue reading



Words + pictures have always intrigued me. As a scrapbooker I use words + pictures to document life. As a blogger, I know when an image is included it always impacts me more.… Continue reading

How to Write


This past week I’ve had several conversations with young writers about how to write something. Not the logistics of making letters or spelling words, but how to craft their writing in order to… Continue reading

They’re publishing their books! They’re publishing their books!


My room was essentially controlled chaos today since my students began publishing their picture books. Paper cuttings were everywhere by the end of the day, as were markers, pens, pencils, and a myriad… Continue reading