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Defining the Seasons #ClassroomConnections

While writing Snowman-Cold=Puddle, I thought about the many different ways seasons are defined, including agriculturally, by temperature, by planetary alignment, etc. Many regions of the world have rainy and dry season instead of our four North American seasons. For me, as a kid and then a teacher, summer always started

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Spring Green! #ClassroomConnections

Here in Minnesota, the world has gone green! And it’s almost time for us to get out our inflatable kayak and hit the water! Spring is an awesome time to look at plants and bodies of water. Check out A Leaf Can Be… and Water Can Be… and all their

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Look for Signs of Spring #ClassroomConnections

A leaf is a leaf. It bursts out each spring when sunny days linger and orioles sing. –Laura Purdie Salas, from A Leaf Can Be…   Up here in Minnesota, it’ll be a while yet before spring comes. But those of you in other areas might already be seeing buds

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Celebrating Fall Leaves!

Fall is my favorite favorite time of year, and fall color is one of the reasons for that. A couple of weeks ago, Randy and I tried out our inflatable kayak. We were on a small lake in St. Paul, and we got to admire a bit of fall color

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A Leaf Can Be... is the NFB's May Book of the Month!

Nebraska Farm Bureau Guide for A Leaf Can Be…

It is always a treat when a group of dedicated educators and readers choose your book for something and love it enough to create resources around it. I’m honored that the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom program has selected A Leaf Can Be… as its May Book of the Month.

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Earth Day

Ready for Earth Day? #ClassroomConnections

It’s almost Earth Day! It’s a great time to pull out my Can Be… books, which all celebrate our planet. And if you want some book-related activities, go here to find links to teaching guides, activity sheets and more! The focus this year is on plastic pollution, so you might

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First graders and A Leaf Can Be...

First Graders Ponder What Leaves Can Be…

There is hardly anything a writer likes better than hearing/seeing how readers respond to her work. A writer friend sent me this fun image a few weeks ago. Her sister is a substitute teacher in New Hampshire, and she used A Leaf Can Be… with first graders. They were studying

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Words Live [Slice of Life Tuesday]

A couple of weeks ago, I came home to a box on my doorstep from Lerner. I thought it might be my author copies of my next picture book, even though that’s still 5 months from publication. I ran into the kitchen and tore open the box. Nope. Not If

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A Leaf Can Be… Korean!

I opened a box from Millbrook/Lerner a couple of weeks ago and was delighted to learn that A Leaf Can Be… has been published in Korean, in Korea! I just love the way the text looks! Whee–it’s beautiful! Hardcover and…audio? published by Neungyule Education, Inc. It’s so amazing to think

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