Tag: writing

4 Qs + 4 Happy Book Birthday(s) = Diana Murray: Publishing #kidlit in a Pandemic, part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Publishing #kidlit in a Pandemic! Wooo-hoooo! It’s the Book Birthday of DOUBLE THE DINOSAURS, a Math Reader/ Step-into-Reading #STEM book by Diana Murray (Illus. Mette Engel /  Random House Books for Young Readers). This is Diana’s FOURTH book released in 2020.  2, 4, 6, 8, math with dinos is so… Read more »

Writing and Reading Resources from the #kidlit community

Hi friends. I’ve put my Teacher hat on and compiled some awesome resources and ideas that #kidlit friends have been sharing, for student lessons and activities during this challenging #shelterinplace time: Write to an Author: Here is a list of authors who are happy to be your pen pal: http://www.readingconnectsus.com/…/writetoanauthor-connect…/ Author Matt de la Peña is… Read more »

Digging Up the Truth –an interview with #AudreyHepburn biographer, Robert Matzen

I am so in awe of Robert Matzen’s latest biography, DUTCH GIRL: Audrey Hepburn and World War II (on shelves next month: April 15th / GoodKnight), I reached out and asked for an interview. Matzen’s answers are as riveting as the book, itself. See for yourself: “…a long lost brother.” Q. I was touched by… Read more »

True or false: TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE is full of Writing Prompts

A book review AND teaching idea for busy teachers… As a former very-busy teacher, like YOU, I know every minute counts in your school day. So here’s how to mine this cool #kidlit book for awesome WRITING PROMPTS or quick writes, for any grades 1-12 (I’m serious here.): TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE –It’s Alive!  … Read more »

Getting started: Picture Book writing for Student Authors.

Dear Wonderful Teachers: Yes–YOU. On Monday, I talked to a class of Student Authors who are writing their own picture books, and weren’t sure how to get started. It reminded me of the Picture Book Unit that was always a hit with my students. Have you ever tried this? Pair up Kinders or first graders with your Student… Read more »