School Visits

Appearances 2017

Posting new appearances every day! 2/2/17          Colorado Council International Reading Association – Presentation and  Book Signing 2/4/17          WriteOnCon Q&A Session on Picture Book Writing with Scholastic Editor Celia Lee 2/17/17         Mount Lebanon Montessori School Author Visit 3/2/17          Mercedes Benz… Read more »

Busy Builders, Busy Week! Book Bash Day 3

Welcome, friends, to Day 3 of my BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! Book Bash. In my latest book, each day of the week features a colorful cast of animal characters and a different construction activity as the digging, dumping and ‘dozing lead up to one stupendous surprise! So, it seemed only fitting that for a days-of-the-week… Read more »

Feeling the Love from Rhinelander!

My Skype visit with first graders in Rhinelander, Wisconsin was one of my favorites of the year! And the happiness continued a week later when their lovely letters and art arrived in the mail. Thank you, students and teachers for such a warm and gracious “getting to know you.”        

Connecting with Authors – Bringing Literacy to Life

Ellie Rumney is a library media specialist extraordinaire from Rhinelander, Wisconsin.  Her heartfelt post gave me goosebumps. Yes, small moments can provide endless inspiration. Thank you, Ellie! Connecting with Authors – Bringing Literacy to Life by Ellie Rumney The joyful faces of student connecting an author to a book is a priceless sight. On one… Read more »

Tuesdays for Teachers: “TOO” Cool Copycat Writing

Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but it’s also a darn good writing tool. I call it “copycat” writing. Educators call it using a “mentor text.” If you’ve read my book LIGHT UP THE NIGHT, you realize that it was patterned after the classic THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. The structure of the… Read more »

Author Spots for Schools is in Session for the 2014-2015 School Year!

Here’s a great way to connect children’s authors and readers, and it’s a WIN-WIN-WIN for schools, authors and school book fairs everywhere! AUTHOR SPOTS FOR SCHOOLS! Author Spots are FREE mini-commercials created by children’s authors which schools can broadcast to promote their book fair to kids and parents. I’m not talking about anything fancy here… Read more »