New Author On Tour – Summer, 2017 As a new author on tour this summer, I’ve noticed the response to Sioux Code Talkers has been eye-opening! Each new destination has been a thrilling adventure. I’ve discussed details about my great-uncle’s service as well as my research journey. Thank you to my friends in the “Just …
Watching a Video Interview Inspires Me as a Teacher and a Writer Now, if you know me, I have always been drawn to stories and video.  In my first public school job as a 5th grade teacher, my class produced a video show titled “Books-R-Us”, complete with rolling titles and music “Be Happy” (I think …
How are you teaching creativity in the classroom? Years ago, I picked up a book titled 100 IDEAS FOR TEACHING CREATIVITY by Stephen Bowkett, in his introduction he explains that establishing a creative classroom is an approach to educate, not an add-on to the curriculum.  I like how he uses the term “brain science” and …
Teach Fantasy Writing – Mentor Texts in a Middle School Setting We teach a unit on the Fantasy Genre usually in May/June.  In addition to doing a novel study, we have some kind of mini-project we do with our students. This year I created the book tasting activity to prepare our students for the upcoming …
Study Authors’ Craft- What Do Authors Do? A person can learn to write better by studying published authors and their books. This process has helped me become a better writer but also a better teacher. My “I can” statements often have to do with “what authors do” in writing tasks. (“I can” statements let students …
Disney Cartoons During World War II Did you know that the Walt Disney Company participated in a positive way during the war effort in the 1940s? During World War II, Disney cartoonists created thousands of specialized insignia for individual military units in the Armed Forces. Read more about these insignias in a USNI News article here. In …
Congratulations to Two New Children’s Authors Happy Book Birthday June 6th!   And, Happy Book Birthday June 13th!
Taking a rest, on such a long “run” was what I needed. I’ve been told I try to do too much. Maybe I did, but I waited 20 years to get to March 1st, the day my book was finally released. And, I had other priorities too. And, I’ve missed you! I ended up missing …
Barnes and Noble (Greece) with Vivian and Me I had a great time at my second official book signing.  It was the Book Fair to benefit our own school library, held at Barnes and Noble last Thursday evening.                   We prepared our students the week or so ahead …
We (Vivian and Me) will be at Barnes & Noble Thursday Vivian Vande Velde and I will be participating in the Spencerport CMS Book Fair at Barnes & Noble (Greece, NY) in 2 days! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cosgrove Middle School’s library.  Please join us from 6-8pm (author signing 7-8pm). Looking forward …
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