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Write an Equation Poem for Valentine’s Day

[Teachers, click here for info about a free Zoom about Oskar’s Voyage with me and illustrator Kayla Harren in March!] Teachers, here’s a fun writing activity you can do with your students, and it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day! These snappy poems are short enough to fit on a handmade card!

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A Whirlwind of Good News and Invitations for You

Oh my gosh. After a rough year last year, I’ve had such a lovely whirlwind of good news recently. I think I already shared that Finding Family is a Charlotte Zolotow Honor book(!) and and Eureka Gold Medal book(!). Zowie! Now I’ve learned the it’s also a CCBC Choices book

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Eureka Award for Nonfiction!

Howdy, teachers! A couple of months ago I shared that Finding Family was a Eureka Gold Medal winner for Excellence in Nonfiction! Whee! Thanks you so much to the California Reading Association and to the Eureka Committee. At that point, the full list of winners wasn’t available, but now it

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How Far Away Is the Moon?

The next full moon is on January 25. Invite students to view the full moon that night and think about how far away it might be. Then gather a basketball, a tennis ball, and a tape

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The Cover of My Next Picture Book

Happy 2024! I’m SO excited to show you the cover of my first 2024 picture book. It’s called Oskar’s Voyage, and it’s a rhyming adventure story about a small chipmunk who accidentally stows away on an enormous Great Lakes freighter. I’ll be sharing more about it soon, but it’s coming

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Give the Gift of Belonging

December is a rough time of year for anybody who’s feeling sad or left out. That makes it the perfect time to share We Belong, with its message of belonging and inclusivity. You could also print out this lovely mini-poster and display it, using it to jump start a discussion

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Memory Game for Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle: How Animals Get Ready for Winter

How Animals Survive Winter – a Memory Game

Brrr! Winter is well on its way here in Minnesota (some say it was on its way back in August–haha), and the animals have figured out how best to survive it. If you read Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle with your students, you can follow it up with this memory game to

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Give Sheep Some Wool!

It’s mitten season! It’s the perfect time to read If You Want to Knit Some Mittens! Illustrator Angela Matteson made some really cute activity sheets to go with If You  Want to Knit Some Mittens. Here’s a little craft project for your students! You can give Sheep some wool, just

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NCTE and a Thanksgiving Poem

One of the things I’m grateful for is that I’m going to NCTE this year! I haven’t been since 2019, and how I’ve missed it. When it had to be canceled in 2020, I was heartbroken. Not only did I miss seeing all my NCTE friends, but 3 (3!) of

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