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Reining in Picture Book Back Story

May has been a crazy month — so much so that I forgot to link here to a guest-post I did mid-month over at the EPA-SCBWI blog on back story in picture books. 9 more words

Writing For Children

"Thank You, Mr. Falker" -- and Thank You, Mrs. Mitchell's Class!

On April 23, 2015 I received a text from our Student Government Association President, Alex Dominguez, that read:

President Christian, a teacher from Bakersfield City School District (Owens Primary School) reached out and asked if I could help her find some community leaders to read to students on May 21 from 9:00-9:30.

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Building a case for picture books

The first time I intuitively felt someone dismiss picture books as only for little kids, I was genuinely surprised.

“Oh, we don’t read picture books anymore with Connor.*  He’s reading chapter books on his own now.”  This mother’s statement perplexed me then as it was unexpected.   830 more words

An Inspirational Learning Experience

                                                               photo credit @SuzanaSedlak
What inspires thousands of teachers to spend a precious Saturday rushing from one workshop to another hoping not to miss a moment? It must be the love of learning and yearning for growth. 811 more words


SOL: Finding Ourselves in Others

I think the first Patricia Polacco book I ever read was Pink and Say (1994), but I can’t be certain. I do know that Chicken Sunday was in the literature anthology my school adopted in 1996.  601 more words

Slice Of Life

#SOL15: March Challenge Day 29 - 88th Saturday Reunion #TCRWP

It’s the little things that make life wonderful!

Little things can seem like insurmountable objects . . .

like navigating the NYC subway system to arrive at Teachers College EARLY!   659 more words


#SOL15: Day 28, Riverside Church and Patricia Polacco

Today I’m in New York, slicing day 28 with Two Writing Teachers.

I left Los Angeles yesterday. Problems, worries, exhaustion, questions came with me on the plane. 262 more words