Thursday, October 16, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

I love cool stuff for book nerds!

(The holidays will be here before you know it. Just sayin')

Like a library card phone cover:

And banned books socks:

And a Goodnight Moon onesie:


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Three Days of Children's Literature

Just got back from three days being immersed in my favorite thing: children's literature.

After speaking to education students at the University of Richmond, I headed to St. Christopher's School to speak to the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

(l to r) Librarian Lucinda Whitehurst, me, Librarian Laura Sabo

(l to r) 5th grade student (and reader/writer extraodinaire) Lois Sabo, me, Librarian Laura Sabo

In the library was a terrific display of some projects the students had done for The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. They were required to use specific materials to create a free-standing figure to represent a character. There had to be on moveable part that helped show the character traits or interests. Here are a few of them:

The next day I headed to The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg to speak at an amazing conference for teachers and reading specialists: The Joy of Children's Literature.

It was organized by the amazing Dr. Denise Johnson, Professor and Director of the Literacy Leadership Program. Denise and I met at a conference a number of years ago and quickly became friends who share the same passion for children's literature.

Denise Johnson (left) and me

Monday, October 13, 2014

Shout-Out to Oakview Middle School

All students at Oakview Middle School in Lake Orion, Michigan, read How to Steal a Dog.

Media specialist Alicia Pearce sent me these great photos of some of the activities and discussions surrounding the book.

Bulletin Board Display

Interview Questions

Ms. McGran's class

Students discussing the book

Thank you, Oakview!!!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

So long, y'all

I'm heading to Virginia... speak at the Joy of Children's Literature Conference at the College of William and Mary

Looking forward to meeting lots of book-lovers and spending time with fellow presenter Candace Fleming