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”

Making the most out of school visits

Preparation definitely helps students and teachers benefit from school visits.  Familiarity with the books ahead of time gives students a framework for what the author will present. It allows them to ask meaningful questions relevant to the kind of writing the author does. Yes, it is a lot of work. But anything that the coordinator can do to get the kids fired up for the visit will help. Constant reminders of the event will help educators tie in author study and literacy prior to the event. 


Follow up is important as well. Teacher Mrs. Schwartz at Hamilton Traditional School in South Bend returned to the classroom and talked with her students about what they remembered/had learned from April Sayre’s talk. Posting this kind of chart can help the teacher and student tie in what was learned with lessons in the weeks to come.

discussing what students learned during the author presentation
discussing what students learned during the author presentation

Online Press Coverage 2007/2008

I began gathering these via google alerts in late 2007 so I have likely missed gobs from previous years. This is not organized…just a collection for those doing research.

 Practicing What We Publish
By Charlesbridge(Charlesbridge) 
Inspired by April Pulley Sayre’s Trout Are Made of Trees, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and in celebration of American Rivers’ National River Clean Up, Charlesbridge staff made a day of it down the road at …
Unabridged –

Green Books for Kids
Publishers Weekly – New York,NY,USA
(3-6) Trout Are Made of Trees (Feb., $15.95, $6.95 paper) by April Pulley Sayre, illus. by Kate Endle. A family observes the interconnectedness between …
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Try saying to your children, “Trout are made of trees.” Assuming …
By Charlotte(Charlotte) 
But then, in a effort to restore your credibility, read them Trout are Made of Trees, by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Kate Endle (Charlesbridge, 2008, ages 4-7). “See?” you can say at the end. “I was right. …
Charlotte’s Library –

Another great blog review. Link below:

Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre illustrated by Steve Jenkins
By nsl(jonbond) 
April Pulley Sayre has done a masterful job of incorporating all these elements into this book which is beautifully brought to life by Steve Jenkins’ paper-cut collage illustrations. Even though each page contains a limited amount of …
Provo City Library Childrens Book Review –
7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #47: Featuring Steve Jenkins
By Eisha and Jules 
The image here and above is from the Cybils-shortlisted Vulture View, written by April Pulley Sayre (Henry Holt, 2007), in which readers are introduced to the world of the majestic turkey vulture. Steve also sent us two spreads from a …
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast –

Re: Vulture View

A Q&A with Steve Jenkins
By brettdl 
His name crops up on three of our shortlisted titles: as illustrator of Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre (Non-fiction Picture Book) and of Animal Poems by Valerie Worth (Poetry), and as author/illustrator of Living Color (Non-fiction …
Vulture view by Sayre, April Pulley.
Introduces early readers to the turkey vulture through a review of how they find their meals as soaring scavengers and the important part they play as a member of nature’s clean-up crew.
Louisville Free Public Library… –
Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
By dolores(dolores) 
In her signature poetic, energetic style, acclaimed nature writer April Pulley Sayre introduces young readers to the world of the turkey vulture. The gorgeous illustrations by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Steve Jenkins capture
2008 Newbery, Caldecott Awards and More
By rhwojahn 
Vulture View, written by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Holt). In Vulture View, rhyming lyrical text, juxtaposed with dramatic textured collage come together in an innovative combination of science and poetry for new …
Manz Media Center – http://manzlibrary.wordpress.comthese …
2008 American Library Association… –
Nonfiction Monday
By Mary Lee(Mary Lee) 
I didn’t think April Pulley Sayre could top Trout, Trout, Trout and Ant, Ant, Ant, her first two chant books. But she has! 63 names of American birds, arranged in a rhyming chant and illustrated with caricatures, invite the reader to …
A Year of Reading –
New Blog for Nonfiction!
By Tricia(Tricia) 
Vicki Cobb; Linda Salzman; April Pulley Sayre; Jennifer Armstrong; Padma Venkatraman; Don Brown; Bob Raczka; Loreen Leedy; Anna M. Lewis; Sue Macy; Kelly Fineman. Woohoo! I can’t wait to read what these fine folks have in store. …
The Miss Rumphius Effect –
Nonfiction Monday Round-up
By asuen 
Mary Lee has a post up about April Pulley Sayre’s Bird, Bird, Bird (A Chirping Chant). Terry reviewed Ron Hirschi’s Ocean Seasons. This is an illustrated picture book that explains how the natural cycles that we experience on land are …
Vulture view by Sayre, April Pulley.
Captures the world of the turkey vulture that is known as nature’s cleanup crew.
MCLD System – New Books –
More New Picture Books
By CDPL Youth Services(CDPL Youth Services) 
Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre Turkey vultures soar on the balmy air, looking for their next stinky feast. Vultures are part of nature’s clean up crew. In her signature poetic, energetic style, acclaimed nature writer April Pulley …
CDPL Youth Services –
New Arrivals In Easy Fiction & Non-Fiction and Juvenile Non-fiction!
By Ms. Angie(Ms. Angie) 
Scholastic First Discovery: Endangered Animals [no author lister]; E/591.04 Scholastic First Discovery: The Universe [no author listed]; E/520 Juvenile Non-fiction Trout Are Made Of Trees by April Pulley Sayre; J/577.16 …
A Series Of (Un)Fortunate Reviews –

Picture Book of the Day –

By Mary Lee(Mary Lee) 
by April Pulley Sayre illustrated by Kate Endle Charlesbridge, 2008 review copy compliments of the author This was a fun book to read to fourth graders. They knew what it was going to be about as soon as I read the title. …
A Year of Reading –


Nationally renowned author visits Brownsburg school
BROWNSBURG — Award-winning author April Pulley Sayre speaks to more than 17000 students each year. On Tuesday, she spoke to several hundred of them at Delaware Trail Elementary School in Brownsburg.
Hendricks County Flyer, Avon,… –

Poetry in the Classroom – Rulers of the Earth
By Tricia(Tricia) 
In addition to these two fine poetry books, I recommend including April Pulley Sayre’s book, Ant, Ant, Ant! An Insect Chant, in which an ant and 59 other insects are named. The book ends with a short informational section that describes …
The Miss Rumphius Effect –
Trout Are Made of Trees
By Tasha Saecker 
Trout Are Made of Trees by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Kate Endle. The title will immediately have children puzzled and intrigued. Fish made of trees? Will they be wooden fish? What could it possibly mean? …
Kids Lit –
Interview on
April Sayre is another one of those children’s book authors who is a “brainy.”  Smart, talented and prolific, I give you April Sayre.

March 2008 “The Current” American Rivers’ monthly e newsletter features Trout Are Made of Trees

The Collegiate Peaks division of Trout Unlimited included the attached
review of Trout Are Made of Trees in their monthly newsletter for June.

Wild Author Welcomes

I just had to share a few of the fun photos from schools that rev up their students for author visits. Believe me, I don’t expect anyone to go this far. But the students and educators worked hard and sure had fun. The art was incredible.  These  activities aren’t so much book related as visit-related so I have gathered them here. 


Ranger Rick Articles by April Pulley Sayre

  • “Favorite Animal Games” March 2000, p.20

  • “The Sock Garden Secret.” August 1999, p.32
    * Also, look for a reprint of “The Sock Garden Secret” in Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul.

  • “Animal Super Savers” December 1997, p.34

  • “Hummingbirds” August 1998, p.18

  • “Chameleons” November 1992, p.38