Writer Seeking Teacher and Student Contributors for Her Contracted Book!

Dear teachers,

HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY!

I hope your tulips are blooming, your temperatures are warming and your school year is winding down well!

I’ve been busy wrapping up my final school visits for the year and my last few bookstore stops for my picture book, PUP 681 (Macmillian/Holt/Godwin, 2/19). Then I fire up for a big summer with the release of another picture book, TRUMAN (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster) – a first day of school story! – in July. Phew! It’s going to be fun!

And speaking of books …

My good friend, Boni Hamilton, is seeking contributors for her latest book. Her bio and specific request is embedded below. Please contact Boni directly if you’re interested. And feel free to mention my name.

With admiration,

Jean

Who’s Boni Hamilton?

Boni Hamilton combines her love for children, teaching, writing, and technology into books for teachers about improving instruction through the use of digital tools in the classroom. During two doctoral programs, Boni has focused on effective instruction in the K-12 environments. Boni’s expertise in working with culturally and linguistically diverse students comes from five years of working on a multidisciplinary team of university professors to design online learning modules for math and science teachers of multilingual students. Boni’s role ranged from finding resources and designing modules to working directly with classroom teachers as they struggled to adapt their instructional practices to better serve their multilingual students. The end result is a book to help K-12 classroom teachers effectively blend good instruction for multilingual students with thoughtful use of digital tools to increase the academic accomplishments of students who are linguistically and culturally diverse. Boni earned her Ed.D. degree from the University of Northern Colorado and Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado Denver.

Boni’s request:

For my current book on using technology with students who are learning English as an additional language (ELL, EL, ESL, ESOL, etc.), I am looking for individuals with the following profiles to contribute to my book. There is no pay for contributions other than bragging rights and a copy of the final book. Contributions are about 500-1,000 words and focus on how a teacher or student used a digital tool, website, or device to enhance learning while supporting language development.

Types of individuals and contributions:

  1. Classroom teachers in classrooms with diverse learners, including language learners. These contributions would be about the use of a technology device/tool or the implementation of a technology-based project that enhanced multilingual students’ ability to comprehend content, improve in language skills, or share their culture(s) with others. Examples are writing books in dual languages, using a translation dictionary, creating collaborative multimedia projects that included speaking, cross-cultural exchanges with students in other places, use of pictures to enhance comprehension, or using an online simulation for hands-on experiences (or a myriad of other ideas). Teachers could also write about using digital resources to enhance their instruction for multilinguals as in developing graphic organizers, alternative assessments, using videos, flipped classroom experiences, use of an online platform that includes audio feedback, etc.
  2. Multilingual students who can write about their backgrounds and the digital tools they find helpful. The goal is to demonstrate the wide array of students who sit in classrooms and the importance of understanding their backgrounds in order to provide rich instruction. Also, this is where students can point out what was memorably helpful in their school experiences. Student contributions would consist of a
    • brief background (home country, home language, previous schooling before entering US schools, reason for being in US schools, when they entered US schools and their language level at the time of entry, parental schooling/employment [optional], and goals for adulthood [optional]),
    • first-year memories of being in American schools, and
    • digital tools that have been helpful in either gaining language skills or understanding the academic concepts in classrooms.
  3. Specialist teachers who can highlight some aspect of working with multilingual students in regular classrooms. What digital tools can be good resources and how should they be implemented? Ideally, the focus would be one or two tools. For instance, a specialist recently told me about having students audio-record their thinking in Seesaw (https://web.seesaw.me/) and developing speaking portfolios. I’d love also at least one specialist/classroom teacher team to write about collaboration.

Anyone who is interested or who knows of a good person for me to contact can get in touch with me at bonihamilton@gmail.com.

Communication Inspiration from LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Virtual visits are always a treat, but they take on extra value and depth when students lead the lesson. Such was the case with Laurie Ann Moore’s Copper Hill Elementary (Ringoes, NJ) 3rd-grade class. The students’ readings of their thoughtful and personal poems and presentation of their related artwork not only made for a most-memorable 30-minute visit but also provided a perfect example of just one more way picture books can be used as powerful teaching tools!

Inspired by Light Up the Night to be Creative Communicators

by Laurie Ann Moore

As a teacher who believes in the power of using mentor texts to inspire student writing, one of my favorite projects this year involved using Jean Reidy’s beautiful book Light Up the Night. After I read the book aloud to my students, we talked about the rhythm, rhyme and mood of the prose.  We shared how we all have certain places that make us feel happy and secure just like the boy in the book. We brainstormed places that make us feel this way and then each student wrote a poem about their “own little piece of the universe” with the similar rhyme scheme, rhythm and mood we enjoyed in Light Up the Night. We used a creative presentation app called Wixie by Tech4 Learning to illustrate our poems and put them together into a class slide show using Google Slides. This project was perfect for meeting ISTE standard #6, Creative Communicator- “Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.” Our work is proudly displayed on our class website for all the world to see!

What made this project extra special was that we SKYPED with Jean! Each of the students had a one on one moment to share their poem and artwork with Jean. She celebrated each student’s successes in a remarkably warm, enthusiastic and genuine way.  Her words filled them (and me!) with pride. That was a day I am sure my students will remember and cherish for a long time!

To see more of the students’ artwork and read more of their poems go to – https://www.frsd.k12.nj.us/Page/11289

Laurie Ann Moore has been an educator for 27 years and has enjoyed working with students of all ages. Her passion is technology integration in the classroom. She leads workshops and gives presentations on a variety of technology topics and works with educators inspiring them to effectively use technology in their own classrooms. Follow Laurie Ann on Twitter: @MrsMooreFRSD and see her students’ work at: http://tinyurl.com/MrsMooreCopperHill

 

Teachers and librarians – Check out my page just for you. There you’ll find FREE classroom resources  – including Curriculum Guides linked to learning standards – as well as information on my high-energy, educational and interactive school visits.

Interested in a virtual visit? Check out my Time Out for Teachers page!

Our tiny tortoise TRUMAN has a great big Kirkus star!

KIRKUS REVIEW

A tiny tortoise discovers just how brave he is when his girl unexpectedly takes a bus headed away from home.

Truman, like his girl, Sarah, is quiet, “peaceful and pensive,” unlike the busy, noisy city outside their building’s window. In just the first few spreads, Reidy and Cummins manage to capture the close relationship between the girl and her pet, so it’s understandable that Truman should worry when he adds up the day’s mysterious clues: a big backpack, a large banana, a bow in Sarah’s hair, extra green beans in Truman’s dish, and, especially, Sarah boarding the No. 11 bus. He’s so worried that he decides to go after her, a daunting feat for a tortoise the size of a small doughnut. Cummins’ gouache, brush marker, charcoal, colored pencil, and digital illustrations marvelously convey both the big picture of Truman’s navigation of the house and his tortoise’s-eye view of things. And the ending, when Sarah arrives home in time to scoop him up before he slips under the front door, stuttering her amazement at his brave feats, is just right. Sarah and her mother have pale skin and straight, black hair; other city dwellers are diverse. Peaceful and pensive like Truman himself, this book charms; there’s just something uplifting and wonderful about the whole package.

Never underestimate the feats an animal will brave in order to be reunited with their loved ones. (Picture book. 4-8)

The PUP 681 Curriculum and Storytime Guide is here! And it’s FREE!

Dear Teachers and Librarians,

My latest book PUP 681: A SEA OTTER RESCUE STORY is based on the true story of Luna, a rescued sea otter who now lives at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. It’s a heart-filled and hopeful tale about family and love which Kirkus – in their STARRED review – calls “unabashedly adorable.”

Whether for a unit on sea otters or mammals or simply as a new addition to your literacy curriculum, my PUP 681 Curriculum and Storytime Guide offers 26 pages of ideas and activities to bring the book to life across a variety of subjects. Developed by an educator and tied to core learning standards, this free resource is my way of saying thank you for all you do. Click here to view it, download it and share it with your fellow teachers and librarians.

And while you’re at it, check out my TIME OUT FOR TEACHERS program offering FREE virtual visits for your classroom. Or how about a school visit? Let’s schedule one today!

Happy reading and thank you for your support!
Jean

Today is the Day! PUP 681 is HERE!

I’m thrilled to introduce you to my latest book PUP 681: A SEA OTTER RESCUE STORY

Here’s where you can buy your copy: AmazonBarnes & Noble, and IndieBound or request it at your library.

 I’ll be celebrating and signing books at (click for more information):

3/16/19  Colorado Book & Arts Festival, Arvada, CO
3/22-23/19   Children’s Festival of Stories, Denver, CO
4/9/19  The BookBar Bookstore Happier Hour Storytime, 4:30, Denver, CO
4/27/19    Independent Bookstore Day at The Bookies, Denver, CO

And here’s my full schedule of appearances – updated daily.

Would you like Autographed Book Stickers? E-mail me.

Teachers and Librarians, see my FREE resources including Virtual Visits and the PUP 681 Curriculum Guide and Storytime Kit. Or how about a school visit? Just e-mail me.

If you’re as excited about PUP 681 as I am, please help me spread the word. Here are some sample tweets to get you started:

Do you know a young reader with enough love to fill an ocean? Then they might love PUP 681: A SEA OTTER RESCUE STORY from author @jeanreidy and illustrator @ashleycrowley and @MacKidsBooks. https://tinyurl.com/y66q2vus

For the young animal lover in your life, PUP 681: A SEA OTTER RESCUE STORY is a hopeful tale about family and love. It’s available now from author @jeanreidy and illustrator @ashleycrowley and @MacKidsBooks. https://tinyurl.com/y66q2vus

PUP 681: A SEA OTTER RESCUE STORY is “unabashedly adorable” (Kirkus STARRED review) and it’s available now from author @jeanreidy and illustrator @ashleycrowley and @MacKidsBooks. https://tinyurl.com/y66q2vus

With oceans of gratitude,

Jean

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