Using Music to Stimulate Children’s Writing

In 1979 I remember sitting in the front of the tent at summer camp, with the music of Boston blaring from the radio.  Since their songs endure today, I have been pondering how to use such creative motivations from my youth to help stimulate creative writing in my classroom. In recent discussions with professional development…

Come see and hear Nugget and Fang

NUGGET & FANG are singing their way to a theater near you! Don’t miss the musical inspired by this beloved deep-sea duo. Information and dates available here. Everyone knows that minnows and sharks can’t be friends! In Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever–or Snack Time? by Tammi Sauer and Michael Slack, Can Nugget and Fang be…

A stunning portrayal of the circuitous path of trauma and healing

“Complex and well-rounded characters. Authentic.” — The Horn Book From rising new talent Caela Carter, author of My Life with the Liars, comes an achingly beautiful and endearing story about two foster children who want desperately to believe that they’ve found their forever home:  Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter. Perfect for fans of…

Henry Huggins is a Timeless Classic

In the first novel from Newbery Medal–winning author Beverly Cleary, Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins series Book 1), boys and girls alike will be charmed instantly by an average boy whose life is turned upside down when he meets a lovable puppy with a nose for mischief. This timeless classic now features a foreword written by New…

Jon Scieszka’s Rhythmic, Rollicking Trucktown Will Get Kids’ Motors Running

Welcome to Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown!  This  preschool and kindergarten series will come in more shapes, sizes, and formats than you can shake a bumper at. It’s a world where all the characters are trucks, all the stories are action driven, and boys and girls can imagine themselves in all their crazy, loud, funny, creative, excited, full-throttle…

Deepening Connections with Young Readers Online

by Michael Strickland Deepening my connection with students and creating community is a topic to which I give a lot of thought. Unlike face-to-face classrooms, online classrooms have greater potential to feel cold mechanical. That is why I spend Initiating and encouraging discussions. I make frequent use of the chatbox to encourage participation, much like…

Huck Finn, Racist Language, and Teaching

First published in 1884 and still an intellectual adventure, relevant to kids today  … “That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it.” ― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the story of a free-thinking kid,…

A deeply heartfelt glimpse into the life of a boy on the autism spectrum

“Written in third person, this engaging and insightful story makes readers intimately aware of what Bat is thinking and how he perceives the events and people in his life. With empathy and humor, Arnold delves into Bat’s relationships with his divorced parents, older sister, teachers, and classmates.” — Publishers Weekly A Boy Called Bat by…

A disarmingly delightful debut picture book from Andrew Bergmann

Are you looking for a great addition to your picture book library? Check out The Starry Giraffe by Andy Bergmann (Author, Illustrator). In the tradition of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, a generous giraffe gives away all of his apples to his hungry friends in this winning picture book that begs to be read aloud….

Shai and Emmie: two third graders destined for superstardom

From Academy Award–nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis comes the first story in a brand-new series about best friends Shai and Emmie, two third graders destined for superstardom. In Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! (Book #1 of A Shai & Emmie Story) by Quvenzhané Wallis Shai Williams was born to be a star (or…

“A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit”

 “You’ll love this engrossing novel.” —People The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true. In Beartown: A Novel author Fredrik Backman, “is a masterful writer, his characters familiar yet…