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.
Using students’ writing as mentor texts builds kids’ self-esteem and lifts the level of writing of every other student in the room.
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.
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.
Learn about Barry Lane’s newest book, Force Field for Good and enter for the giveaway!
An interview with Author Germano Zullo + a giveaway of his new book, Line 135.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Giving characters free will, instead of outlining them in detail before writing begins, allows the story to flow naturally and allows the characters to become more real and more interesting than they could be if… Continue reading
Heather Hepler, author of The Cupcake Queen, was kind enough to answer a few questions for me about her new young adult novel, which I enjoyed reading not only for its storyline, but… Continue reading