Tag: books

K is for Kindergarten –#kidlit pals Show and Tell

Ever wonder what your favorite authors and illustrators were like as kids? This new blog series will share kindergarten pictures of #kidlit pals, along with a memory of their kindergarten days. Here’s the first–and pretty adorable– Kinder photo from author/illustrator Gianna Marino: Gianna’s memory: When I was in kindergarten I was too shy to speak… Read more »

Confessions (& Reviews) of a no-longer-Teenage Readaholic, pt5

I haven’t posted a book review for a while and since today is my GORGEOUS friend Jill Sanford’s BIRTHDAY (Surprise! ) I give you herewith, her very first book review:  I loved Becky and was never dissatisfied with her as the heroine of GORGEOUS (Scholastic Press). I appreciated her pluckiness and discomfort with being Rebecca… Read more »

What To Expect When You’re Expecting–a BOOK! part13: Season’s Readings*!

SEASON’S READINGS*, friends! (*Credit to Paul W. Hankins for that clever phrase.) It feels like Christmas came early this year, thanks to the wonderful people at @scbwi  who included THIS CRAZY BLOG on their main page BLOGROLL for the month– along with some incredible names in children’s publishing. Wow! (For those of you visiting for… Read more »

Hohoho– “It is resolved that DECK THE WALLS teaches kids bad manners.” *Using DEBATES to teach Close Reading!

I had the pleasure of presenting at the California Reading Association’s PDI again this past November, to a packed house of AMAZING EDUCATORS, including the innovative crew from Loomis Grammar School, recipients of the 2013 California Exemplary Reading Program. Everyone participated in one or more of my FLUENCY GAMES & SONGS for Common Core and… Read more »

What to Expect When You’re Expecting–a BOOK! part11 with Scott Blagden

I’m thrilled to welcome back YA author SCOTT BLAGDEN, the busy Book-Dad you met two months ago in Part5 of WTEWYE–a BOOK!  Yes, the author of one of my favorite YAs, DEAR LIFE YOU SUCK, is still busy, but um…I invited him on a blog-hop a while back and –nice guy that he is–he agreed–even… Read more »