Category Archive: interview

Reinvigorate Your Classroom by Putting Kids First: An Interview with Christine Hertz and Kristi Mraz

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Learn how Hertz and Mraz’s newest book, Kids 1st from Day 1, can impact your writing workshop.

A Conversation with Amy June Bates & Juniper Bates + a Book Giveaway

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  Anyone who knows me in real life knows how concerned I’ve been about the state of affairs in our country. I’ve been making phone calls, signing petitions, and showing up to my… Continue reading

An Interview with the Author of Come with Me + a Giveaway

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As educators, we are uniquely positioned to teach children to respect and love each other. We have the power to show them how to make the world a better place. We can shape the next generation of children so they will choose to be accepting of people who look different, have a different set of beliefs, or originate from a different cultural background. This is an enormous responsibility, but we are fortunate if we can do this work to bring about change in our corners of the world.

Talking About Unlikely Mentors with Lisa Eickholdt

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Using students’ writing as mentor texts builds kids’ self-esteem and lifts the level of writing of every other student in the room.

Taking Biography to the Next Level: The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra + An Interview + A Giveaway

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If you aren’t familiar with this delightful biography of Sun Ra by Chris Raschka, you should be. Learn about the ways that this book is a perfect mentor text, and hear about the writing process from the author.

The Story of the Giant Sequoia + a Giveaway

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Tony Johnston and Wendell Minor’s new book, Sequoia, will be published later this month. Recently, both of them were gracious with their time and granted me interviews. Hear what they have to say about writing and illustrating. Get a sneak peek at this exquisite text you can use to infuse your students’ informational writing with poetry.

Force Field for Good and a Giveaway!

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Learn about Barry Lane’s newest book, Force Field for Good and enter for the giveaway!

Writing Fiction? Author Megan Jean Sovern Provides a Host of Inspiration

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Today’s interview holds a host of insights into the way in which Megan Jean Sovern, author of The Meaning of Maggie, develops characters, brings themes to the fore, and plans plot trajectory. Suffice it to say, I came away more than a little inspired.

Interview with Susan VanHecke + a Giveaway

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I’m always looking for exemplary informational mentor texts. When Under the Freedom Tree crossed my desk, I knew I found one I wanted to share with you.  It’s the story of the first contraband… Continue reading

Inspiring Independent Writing Project Mentor Text (Part 4 of 5)

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An interview with Author Germano Zullo + a giveaway of his new book, Line 135.

Inspiring Independent Writing Project Mentor Text (Part 1 of 5)

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Amy Krouse Rosenthal provides insight into her new word play book. Chronicle Books offers a giveaway of the book to one reader who comments on this post.

Q&A with Patricia MacLachlan + a Giveaway

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Like you, I read lots of books.  One of my favorite authors has long been Patricia MacLachlan, who I believe is one of the most exquisite writers of our time.  Her newest book,… Continue reading

Chatting with Leigh Hodgkinson + a Giveaway

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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved books about bears.  Therefore, when I picked up Goldilocks and Just One Bear, which feels like the sequel to “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,”… Continue reading

The Secret Ingredient to Creating Engaged Writers

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I’ve been thinking about student engagement in writing workshop for the past couple of weeks.  I started thinking about it as I was reading Guy-Write, Ralph Fletcher’s new book.  My thoughts about engagement… Continue reading

Guy-Write: Chatting About Male Writers with Ralph Fletcher

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Anyone who has ever read Ralph Fletcher’s books for young writers (e.g., A Writer’s Notebook, How Writers Work, Live Writing), will find his newest book, Guy-Write: What Every Gut Writer Needs to Know… Continue reading

Deeper Thinking About Notebook Work

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This week I had the opportunity to interview author John Claude Bemis. This is is latest book: I asked him about notebook work and his response led me to a deeper understanding of… Continue reading

Talking with Taylor Mali + a Giveaway

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On a tough day in the classroom, all of us have turned to Taylor Mali‘s poem “What Teachers Make” for some solace.  Last month Taylor published a book, What Teachers Make: In Praise… Continue reading

A Book About a New Sibling + a Giveaway

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I fell in love with Chloe, instead instantly!  I loved it for many of the same reasons Ruth did.  In addition, as an only child, I love stories of siblings since it allows… Continue reading

Want to hear some thoughts about celebrations?

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Recently Franki Sibberson interviewed me about the importance of writing celebrations. It was posted on Choice Literacy this week and you can listen here. While there, sign up to receive the Choice Literacy… Continue reading

A Story About Adoption + A Book Giveaway

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Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale, which is written by Karen Henry Clark and illustrated by Patrice Barton, was released last month.  When I received my review copy, from Knopf Delacorte Dell Young… Continue reading