Welcome to SOL Tuesday!

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Ah, summer the springboard of our stories!

Ideas and Inspirations for Summer Writing

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Ideas and Inspirations for Summer Writing

Celebrating Writers and Teachers

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It’s the end of the school year and our days are full of reflections, assessments, and all kinds of celebrations. During those final days before summer vacation begins, we find many ways celebrate… Continue reading

A Year of Writing: A Week of Reflection

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As I confer with each writer, I feel my eyes filling with tears. I show each student their writing from the first day of school and watch as their less cherubic and more mature faces brighten. “That’s really my first writing in first grade?” “I didn’t even use the whole page.” “I can’t read it.” and “That doesn’t look like my writing now.” were typical comments.

QR Coding Our Way to Summer Writing!

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QR Codes might just be the way to help summer writers keep writing!

Nerdy Birdy: A Review & Giveaway

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When I first opened Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds, I was not (yet) reading it with the eye of a writer.  I was way too smitten with the bird on the front cover.  I mean,… Continue reading

If Your School Year Were a Book: Endings

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As the end of this particular school year draws near, you might think about the qualities of your favorite stories to help you plan an ending that is meaningful for your students.

SOL Tuesday + Some Announcements

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Link-up to our weekly writing challenge right here.

One Little Word Check-In

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Have you checked in on your OLW?

Introducing Two New Co-Authors

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We’re delighted to welcome two new writers to our #TWTBlog Co-Author Team.

ICYMI: Author Spotlight Series

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Many thanks to Bob, Isabel, Julie, Lauren, Liz, Maribeth and Paula for sharing part of their writing lives with our community of teachers and writers this week. In case you missed any of their blog posts, this post contains links to each of their posts. Be sure to leave a comment on each of their blog posts by June 4th, 2016 for a chance to win one of their books.

Writing and Illustrating Stories by Bob Graham

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Bob Graham, author and illustrator of numerous picture books, closes out TWT’s Author Spotlight today.

Becoming a Close Writer by Paula Bourque

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Teacher-author Paula Bourque steps into our Author Spotlight today to share her experiences about becoming a published author.

Writing with All the Feelings by Liz Garton Scanlon

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Author Liz Garton Scanlon implores us to let “you be you” in today’s Author Spotlight post.

Do Your Best Writing: Kick Down the Bumpers by Julie Falatko

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Today’s post is by picture book author, Julie Falatko.

Salchows and Semicolons by Isabel Bandeira

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YA Novelist Isabel Bandeira shares what she learned about writing and the publishing process from ice skating.

SOL Tuesday

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Write. Share. Give.

Creating Characters as Real as Spit by Maribeth Boelts

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Maribeth Boelts provides us with tips for creating authentic, unforgettable characters in stories.

Research is My Friend by Lauren Castillo

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Lauren Castillo, a Caldecott Honor author and illustrator, kicks off this year’s Author Spotlight Series with a piece about how important research is to her artistic process.

Live From #KidLitPalooza!

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Stay tuned this morning as I add to this post about #KidLitPalooza, live from this amazing event that connects children’s authors to students!