I’m so tickled that Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom is including If You Want to Knit Some Mittens on their website for educators! Although this picture book is a funny, fictional, friendship story, it’s also the story of how a pair of wool mittens starts with a sheep’s coat, which goes through many transformations to turn into fuzzy hand warmers.
Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom lists several associated resources, including lesson plans around wool in Colonial America, wool processing, and hair sheep vs. wool sheep. Gotta admit, I didn’t know about hair sheep! Thanks, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, for so many awesome educator resources on your site!
[My Classroom Connections posts share a way to connect one of my books or poems to a classroom topic–often something timely that you might be covering in the next month or so. Please share this post if you have educator friends who might be interested–thanks!]
Marilyn DeVries says
I just read this book and I loved it. I am an Agriculture In The Classroom Educator in Illois. I am beginning to write Children’s books and I am planning to use your book as a comp. I would love to chat sometime.
Thanks, Marilyn! Congratulations on starting your children’s writing journey! I love to use other books as mentor texts as I write. You might be interested in my Patreon Group (https://www.patreon.com/LauraPurdieSalas), where I share all sorts of stuff about my process and also answer questions. The activity takes place on Facebook.
Congratulations, Laura! How exciting for more exposure for your boom. I haven’t ever heard of hair sheep, either. I have to look them up. Is this your first time writing a board book? That’s great that you are working on a novel in verse. I love to read verse novels! I am also writing a verse novel. Is your verse YA or MG? I look forward to reading your verse novel. I’m happy for you having many books to write.
Thanks, Gail! I actually have a board book coming out in spring that will be my first one–but I wrote it as a poem years ago with no thought of it being a board book! So the two I’m working on right now are the first ones I’ve written knowing they will be board books :>D My novel in verse is MG. Really struggling, and it probably won’t ever be publishable. I wanted it to be a picture book poetry collection, but the challenges of the main character are too mature for picture book age. It’s way too sprawling of a form for me, I think!