Sunday, July 5, 2015

Educator Resources

This page contains hundreds of activity ideas related to my books. Below you will find links to these resources organized by specific category.

I want this site to be useful to educators. So please let me know what you are doing with books in your classrooms and libraries and if there is anything else I can do as we work together to bring great books and science to students.

Each year, I visit with teachers and students throughout the country. You can learn more about my school visit programs by visiting this link.

Featured Resources

Raindrops Roll: Miss Rumphius, Secrets & Science

August 26th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 7.35.56 AM5P0A5318Raindrops Roll , which has received two starred reviews, one in Kirkus, one in School Library Journal, comes out with Beach Lane/S&S on Jan 5, 2015.  Each photo I took has a special meaning to me and some have hidden creatures in them. So this blog covers the behind-the-scenes secrets and science. For instance, the droplet-covered leaves on the cover are lupine. That’s the same kind of plant made famous by the children’s book, Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney. The plant produces a tall spike of bluish/purplish flowers. In Indiana, my husband planted several native lupine plants in small flower beds he created. Each year the plants flowered and formed pods. The pods dry and fling seed out of the flower beds. Those plants sprouted in our lawn. My husband mowed around them so the flower bed became bigger and bigger. So, now we, too, have plenty of lupine and the seed pods.  To see one of seed pods, look through the book. Hint…it’s not just seeds that “fly.”  (By the way, there’s a tiny fly in the front cover photo. Can you find it?)

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Alphabetical Seed Guide for Let’s Go Nuts: Seeds We Eat

May 29th, 2013

Let's Go Nuts! Seeds We EatHere are photos of seeds to help you identify the seeds in my book Let’s Go Nuts: Seeds We Eat, (August 27, 2013, Beach Lane Books). Read more »

If You’re Hoppy sings

August 9th, 2011

 Here, some rockin’ awesome Mississippi librarians show me how they sing If You’re Hoppy, incorporating the slight variations from the traditional If You’re Happy song. (I admit I never imagined folks singing it, only saying it out loud. But I’ve heard lots of librarians are singing it for story hour.)  The facebook author page with the video.

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