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Hooray for Young Authors

Over the past two weeks, I did three storytimes at libraries in the East Central Region of Minnesota. It was great to meet families and celebrate kids as readers, as (mostly) preschoolers and toddlers swooped like bats, bloomed like flowers, made monkey noises, did toothpaste art, and echo read  my

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Moss Can Be... by Parla and Brighton

The Circle of Inspiration

One of the very best things about being an author is when your own work inspires readers to create! On Instagram over the weekend, a mom and her daughter (I think this is the relationship) shared this image: Parla wrote that she and Brighton were inspired by an Author Access

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How My Camp Read-a-Lot Keynote Worked Magic on Me

Hi, educator friends. I know I’m largely absent this summer, but I wanted to stop by and share just a quick bit about my day yesterday. I was the keynote and workshop presenter at a Camp Read-a-Lot conference in Granite Falls, MN. I spoke at a similar event a year

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Read-Aloud Revival & the Author-Illustrator Relationship

I was the guest author for an online Author Access Event yesterday with Sarah Mackenzie. I had an awesome time talking with Sarah and fielding questions from homeschooling families who were taking part in the livestream event.  That video series is part of a paid members-only portion of the site,

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Great Speeches and Great Chats — NCTE, Part 4

You’ve heard about my Friday sessions (Passion-Driven Research and Into the Poem), my Friday night, and my Saturday morning session on Revved for Research. I just wanted to share a few favorite moments here from the rest of Saturday: Marilyn Singer’s exuberant acceptance speech for the NCTE Award for Excellence

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