With the launch of If You’re Hoppy, I’ve been keeping my eye on bunny news. Check this out…the world’s largest rabbit was 26.4 pounds. It lived 3-5 million years ago and did NOT hop!
Recently I became familiar with author Mem Fox’s website and found some wonderful articles there—articles about reading aloud and about teaching kids to read. Here’s one of them:
ALA librarians called on collective wisdom to assemble a list of books great for use with autistic students, in this case, 7th graders. The list included Ant, Ant, Ant: An Insect Chant (illus by Park) ; Trout, Trout, Trout: a Fish Chant (illus by Park) , and Bird, Bird, Bird: a Chirping Chant (illus by Locke). The list is here: http://connect.ala.org/node/93738
Here is a site for K-12 grants that may help with literary activities.
One of the highlights of my life as an author was my visit to Harrison School in South Bend, Indiana in March, 2008. Wow! It was a celebration.
The creative educators of this school had taken every opportunity to prepare the students with art activities, writing activities, geography exploration, critical thinking work, and math.
This is a public school in which many students do not have the economic advantages of other student bodies. But they sure have excellent staff and teachers who form a school that challenges and lifts all the students to excellence. It was clear in the way the students interacted with me. They were creative thinkers and were ready to brainstorm and embrace new concepts. They had critically read my books and were ready with insightful questions.
Each classroom did activities. I took lots of photos; many are sprinkled throughout this site.
I enjoyed a terrific luncheon with students who had won a “lunch with the author” essay contest. Each received a signed book, special placemat and a place of honor at the table. I so enjoyed visiting with all of them. It was a truly special time for me. I have their essays, bound in a book.
My thanks to Judy Wilson and the crew at Harrison School!
I had such fun at this school near Berne. Just look at a few images of what they did with ONE IS A SNAIL, THE BUMBLEBEE QUEEN, and PUT ON SOME ANTLERS AND WALK LIKE A MOOSE.
Picture Books by April Pulley Sayre
|Vulture View||Steve Jenkins||Henry Holt||October 2007||978-0-8050-7557-1|
|Bird, Bird, Bird: A Chirping Chant||Gary Locke||NorthWord||October 2007||978-1-55971-978-0|
|Hush Little Puppy||Susan Winters||Henry Holt||2007||0-8050-7102|
|The Bumblebee Queen||Patricia J. Wynne||Charlesbridge Publishing||2005||1-57091-362-5|
|Trout, Trout, Trout: A Fish Chant||Trip Park||NorthWord Books||2004||1-55971-889-7 hb; 978-1-55971-979-7 paper|
|Ant, Ant, Ant: An Insect Chant||Trip Park||NorthWord Books||2005||1-55971-922-2|
|Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust||Ann Jonas||Greenwillow Books||2005||0-06-057188-8|
|It’s My City!||Denis Roche||Greenwillow Books||2001||0-688-16916-3|
|Crocodile Listens||JoEllen Stammen||Greenwillow Books||2001||0-688-16504-4|
|Dig, Wait, Listen: A Desert Toad’s Tale||Barbara Bash||Greenwillow Books||2001||0-688-16614-8|
|One Is a Snail, Ten is a Crab||Randy Cecil||Candlewick Press||2003||0-7636-1406-8|
|Shadows||Harvey Stevenson||Henry Holt||2002||0-8050-6059-6|
|Army Ant Parade||Rick Chrustowski||Henry Holt||2002||0-8050-6353-6|
|Home At Last: A Song of Migration||Alix Berenzy||Henry Holt & Co.||1997||0-8050-5154-6|
|Noodle Man: the Pasta Superhero||Stephen Costanza||Orchard, an imprint of Scholastic||2002||0-439-29307-3|
|The Hungry Hummingbird||Gay Holland||Millbrook Press, now Lerner Books||2001||0-7613-1951-4|
|Splish! Splash! Animal Baths||Millbrook Press, now Lerner Books||2000||0-7613-1821-6|
|Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!||Lee Christiansen||Orchard, an imprint of Scholastic||1997||0-531-30285-7 Out of Print; Being reissued soon with new illustrations|
|If You Should Hear a Honey Guide||S.D. Schindler||Houghton Mifflin||1995||Paperback 0-618-07031-1
lso available in a French edition: L’oiseau a Miel, Archimede publishing
Other Books For Readers K-4
|Secrets of Sound||middle grade photo-illustrated book||Houghton Mifflin||Fall 2002||0-618-01514-0|
|El Nino and La Nina: Weather in the Headlines||middle school/high school science book||Twenty First Century Books||0-7613-1405-9School visit orders:
|Endangered Birds: A Scientific American Sourcebook||middle grade nonfiction book||Twenty-First Century Books||1997||0-8050-4549-XSchool visit orders:
|Put on Some Antlers and Walk Like a Moose (How Scientists, Find, Follow, and Study Animals)||middle grade nonfiction book||Twenty-First Century Books||1997||0-8050-5182-1 out of print|
|The 12-book Exploring Earth’s Biomes series
||for grades 5-8||Twenty-First Century Books||Call:
|The Seven Continents series
||for grades 5-8||Twenty-First Century Books|| 0-7613-1367-2
|Hummingbirds: The Sun Catchers||adult nonfiction book coauthored with her husband Jeff||NorthWord Press||1996||1-55971-571-5Call:
One of the things I love about school visits is meeting the extraordinary media specialists who help bring books into children’s lives. A school library, well supported, can be the heart of a school. In schools with great media specialists, where libraries are appreciated, the library is not only a resource for knowledge, it’s an engine that feeds joy, natural curiosity, and a love of learning. The supportive, welcoming atmosphere created by a great library/media specialist spills out of the library, enriching the whole school. The same is true of public library media specialists, whose influence soaks into the surrounding community.
Here is a gallery of some of the creative things media specialists do to celebrate author visits and spice up book talks.
Debbie Maddox, Pelham Road Elementary, SC
spent a lot of time sharing my books before my visit.
Pam Rone, of Niagara Elementary in KY, sponsored a pasta art contest and an Italian banquet to celebrate with the winners. Wow!
Principals get into the act, too, at Boone Grove Elementary in Indiana!
Michele Kolodij of Trumansburg Elementary School, NY has an awesome discovery center, connected to the library, where kids study science in a hands-on way. They studied turtles before my visit. Fantastic!