Signing of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

I’m watching the live streaming at of the signing of this important bill. Hurray for all those working to reform school lunches and make them healthier. I’m so glad that Michelle Obama has taken on childhood obesity as a major issue for her work as first lady. As many of you know, I’ve been concerned about this issue for years. Continue reading “Signing of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010”

Celery Root, Sorry!

Celery root, also called celeriac, is one of the vegetables I did not include in my upcoming (June, 2011) book, Rah, Rah, Radishes: A Vegetable Chant. It wasn’t an intentional oversight. It just didn’t fit the rhythm/rhyme. This, well, homely veggie isn’t on the top of my shopping list but perhaps I should give it more of a try. A family member made it for Thanksgiving dinner in a lovely salad and it was delicious. So, here are some celery root photos for you to enjoy. Yes it’s knobbly! See also celery root along with other root stars such as parsnips and beets at the Hovenkamp’s Produce stand in the South Bend Farmer’s Market.

Celery root, or celeriac is a variety of celery grown for root size, not the stems we normal see as “celery” in the stores. (Regular celery did make it into the chant, by the way.)

What it is

How to prepare celery root

A good salad recipe for it:

A soup recipe for it:

June 14, 2011 book release:

Hooray for Hoppers!

While cleaning out my files, I found a magazine clipping about grasshoppers,, “Hooray for Hoppers,” by Diane Swanson, Ranger Rick magazine.  I love Ranger Rick. It’s such an inspiring resource, a perfect monthly gift for the curious kid.  The article says “An average grasshopper can jump a distance 20 times its length. Humans can jump only about five times their length…”

I can imagine educators coming up with some great activities related to these facts. Those activities might go along with my new book, released in February, IF YOU’RE HOPPY, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic, published by Greenwillow.

Global Education Conference

Author Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and I are speaking Tuesday, November 16th at 4 pm Eastern Time at the Global Education Conference. It’s all free and online on the Elluminate platform. You click on the session you want to attend and there’s a click through to quickly download the free software to your computer. You can participate, ask questions, chat, and so on. The bandwidth needed is minimal. A microphone is needed if you want to verbally ask a question but you can type them, instead. The Elluminate software works for both IBM and Mac. Look for Dorothy’s name on our session. The topic is CONNECTION. We will be talking about connecting kids to nature and writing along with brief coverage of some intricate ecological connections that will fascinate your students.

The conference runs Nov 15-19th. 397 sessions from 62 countries!

Check it out! Just select your time zone to see what’s happening.

Sessions are recorded for viewing later, too.

October Rodent

Forget the big animals in Yosemite National Park, CA.  This was our favorite seen and photographed there. It has fascinating behavior, somewhat like a fox squirrel, but also a little bit like a prairie dog, too. It does not live in large groups, as prairie dogs do. It does burrow in the ground. It is the California Ground Squirrel.

Education Student University Presentation

Education student Jamie Steigerwalt recently wrote to me about what she presented in class as part of an author/book study. With her permission, I’m reprinting it here.

I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how my presentation went last night. Everything went well and my class was very excited to hear about you.  I must admit, it was so easy to talk about you and your books.  I chose to do my activities on Hush Little Puppy, Stars Beneath Your Bed, and Splish, Splash, Animal Baths.  I did a phonics activity with Hush Little Puppy and focused on rhyming.   Continue reading “Education Student University Presentation”

Children’s Book Author/Illustrator Links

More author sites for you to investigate:

Amy Timberlake
April Halprin Wayland
Alison James
April Pulley Sayre
Ashley Formento
Alvina Ling
Anne Broyles
Anne Ylvisaker
Barbara Garrison
Betsy James
Bill Crider
Christine Taylor Butler
Carmen Bernier Grand
Diane Greenseid
Debby Dahl Edwardson
Elizabeth Winthrop
Elizabeth Raum
Elizabeth O. Dulemba
Erin Eitter Kono
Hope Vestergaard
Joy Allen
Jennifer J. Stewart
Janie Bynum
Jane Naliboff
Katie Davis
Kim Norman
Karen Romano Young
Lee Wardlaw
Lisa Harkrader
Laya Steinberg
Louise Hawes
Marsha Skrypuch
Mary dePalma
Nancy Bo Flood
Philomena O’Neill
Peni Griffin
Phillis Gershator
Rebecca Thornburgh
Ruth McNally Barshaw
Sarah Dillard
Sarah Darer Littman
Sharon Vargo
Sheila Bailey
Tanya Lee Stone
Val Hobbs
Wendy Lichtman

Conference Talks and Signings

Meet me at the International Reading Association (IRA) National Conference in Chicago!

Monday April 26th, 2-3 p.m. Signing at Henry Holt booth

Tuesday April 27th, 9-10 a.m. Signing at Charlesbridge booth

Thank you to Isabel Baker at the Book Vine, who hosted me at DVAEYC, the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, where I spoke last week. (Philadelphia was awesome!) Isabel specializes in children’s books perfect for the youngest students and the educators who work with them. Her business is in Illinois but she ships far and wide.

April Animal Is Not a Fox

This is not a Fox Squirrel. It is another kind. Some people call it the piney squirrel. It is actually the Red Squirrel. We have seen photos of these squirrels elsewhere and those populations of Red Squirrels look much more red all over. This one is adding material to its nest in Spring. Usually we see them add material in Fall. Perhaps the baby squirrels are making a mess so this adult had to take out some material from the nest and replace it?