Category: Writers in the Schools

Thank You Notes from Kids

Thank you notes from kids are the best! Recently, I got three thank you envelopes in just a couple of days. I had so much fun reading through each note. Jen Britten’s 2nd graders at Warren E. Sooy, Jr. Elementary School in NJ sent a huge package of notes after

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A Can Be… Nonfiction Project for Schools

What did I do this summer? I spent three weeks with K‑5 summer school students in a local school district. It was the most intense visiting author program I’ve ever done. Three weeks, four sites, 1700 students. Whew! It was hard work and incredibly rewarding. I shared this process in

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Library Storytime!

I had a blast recently doing an evening storytime at the Mounds View Public Library here in Minnesota.?A group of kids ages 2–6 and I?whirled like a tornado, swung like monkeys, buzzed like bees, measured out wingspans and other animal size-related things, read Water Can Be…, and generally just made

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[My Writing Life] In Prison

Last week, I told you I was going to prison to speak in a RIF-related event.You guys gave me great advice–thank you! I wanted to let you know how it went. I was there with a bunch of fantastic writers, like Marion Dane Bauer and Sharon Chmielarz and John Coy

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[My Writing Life] I’m Going to Prison

Minnesota Correctional Facility — Stillwater I’m spending an evening soon at the Minnesota Correctional Facility — Stillwater. It’s a RIF-connected program, and I don’t really know what to expect. Several of us Minnesota children’s writers and/or poets, including John Coy, Patrick Jones, Sharon Chmielarz, and Marion Dane Bauer, will take

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In Praise of Feedback from Kids

A few weeks ago, I shared the Praise Poems workshop I did with 4th-8th graders  at a week’s worth of Young Authors Conferences. One of the very best things about this set of YAC is that the kids pick their favorite session (out of the 3 they attended) on an evaluation

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Praising Everything at Young Authors Conferences

Week before last, I spent Tuesday through Friday at Young Authors Conferences here in the Twin Cities. I’ve been doing this for four or five years now, and I always enjoy it. The 4th-8th graders are, in general, very smart, enthusiastic, and excited to be college students for the day. 

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