Teachers & Librarians
Hello, my favorite people in the world. As a former Headstart teacher and a children's library associate, I know firsthand how hard you work to nurture and inspire children to become lifelong readers. Thank you so much for the creative, life-affirming work you do. I hope my books find a place in the hearts of your students!
Teaching My Books
Use these discussion and activity guides to bring my books to life! To arrange a visit or a free Skype session, see below.
The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe
Video (click here and then click on the book cover)
The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe Educators Guide
Khalil and Mr. Hagerty and the Backyard Treasures
Moonpenny Island Toolkit
Every Single Second Reading Guide
Cody and the Fountain of Happiness
excerpt from September 2015 Candlewick Press Classroom E-Newsletter
A guide to using Phoebe & Digger in the classroom and library.
Phoebe & Digger Read to Us Story Hour Kit
Mo Wren, Lost and Found HarperCollins Discussion/Project Guide
View Page (click on Reading Guide)
A guide to discussion questions and hands-on activities.
What Happened on Fox Street HarperCollins Teaching Guide
Arrange a Visit
I've visited schools and libraries across the country, and would love to visit yours. I offer interactive presentations about my writing process, including where I find ideas and inspiration, my research, my many (many) revisions, and how I collaborate with illustrators. All presentations include a slide show, Q & A, and brainstorming activities. I also offer writing workshops for smaller groups. My goal is to encourage all students, not just future authors or illustrators, to believe in themselves and their ability to create.
I also do free virtual visits, up to twenty minutes, with groups familiar with my work.
Note: This year I'm offering full-day or half-day virtual visits, as well as hour-long virtual visits for individual classrooms. Please contact me to discuss how we can make these visits as meaningful and fun for your students as any in-person presentation.
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