April Pulley Sayre Children's Book Author Website for April Pulley Sayre, Award-winning Children's Book Author 2014-06-30T22:26:07Z http://www.aprilsayre.com/feed/atom/ April Sayre <![CDATA[Board Book and News]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3640 2014-06-30T22:23:35Z 2014-05-30T13:55:14Z photo 2Rah, Rah, Radishes! becomes a board book in the Little Simon Classic Board Book line on July 15th!   In 2015, look for Woodpecker Wham illus by Steve Jenkins (Holt )and my photo-illustrated Raindrops Roll (Beach Lane/S&S.)

I am taking a speaking sabbatical through May 2015. So I won’t be scheduling any conferences or school visits during that time. If you are interested in future visits, contact me in March 2015 when I will start booking my schedule once again. Here’s a recent article about my work in Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vicki-cobb/arousing-a-childrens-nonfiction_b_4859905.html

Bank Street Books had both Eat Like a Bear and Here Come the Humpbacks! on their best-of-the year lists. Hurray!  Happy summer, everyone!

Portland Review has great coverage of Here Come the Humpbacks! http://portlandbookreview.com/tag/april-pulley-sayre/

Eat Like a Bear in Booklinks http://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com/2014/04/book-links-nonfiction-monday-meets.html

Kids & veggie books? See http://www.babybooknook.blogspot.com

 

 

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April Sayre <![CDATA[ALA Notable For Eat Like a Bear]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3632 2014-02-06T12:04:37Z 2014-02-06T12:02:43Z SayreEatLikeaBearRaising my bowl of blueberries this morning to illustrator Steve Jenkins. Our book, Eat Like a Bear, which received three starred reviews, was  named an ALA (American Library Association) Notable Book for 2014! It is a huge honor to be chosen for recognition by the ALA Notables Committee—especially in a year with such a great crop of books. By tradition, the list also includes winners from ALA award categories, too.  Steve and I have three more projects in the works. Next up is Woodpecker Wham.

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Eat Like a Bear Writing Process]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3626 2013-12-26T16:31:46Z 2013-12-26T16:31:46Z See my interview with Kirkus Reviews.com Julie Danielson of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Tips for Helping Kids Try New Foods]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3619 2013-12-22T01:23:07Z 2013-12-22T01:20:47Z Preschool teachers rock! This teacher’s joy lifts my spirits every time I watch the video. While signing Rah, Rah, Radishes and Go, Go, Grapes last year in Atlanta, I met this fabulous teacher who agreed to share how she gets the 4-year olds in her class to try foods. The video is on my youtube channel. Jeff and I have also posted some of our nature clips on our Sayre Nature Youtube Channel.

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Eat Like a Bear]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3609 2014-06-30T22:25:04Z 2013-12-03T18:08:58Z Eat Like a Bear

“Sayre and Jenkins follow Vulture View (2007) with a similarly excellent study of brown bears that’s in equal parts poetic and enlightening.” -Kirkus, starred review.

ALA (American Library Association) Notable Book 2014

Outstanding Science Trade Book NSTA

Bank Street Best Book 2013

 

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April Sayre <![CDATA[November Media Roundup]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3600 2013-11-15T03:56:32Z 2013-11-15T03:43:27Z Smiling. At its conference NSTA announced its Outstanding Science Trade Books and both Eat Like a Bear and Here Come the Humpbacks were on the list! Richie’s Picks reviewed Eat Like a Bear here.  I blogged about common core and photography on INK this month. I was asked to be a picture book champion so during the last week of November my short blog about picture books will be on the www.picturebookmonth.com website.  “Here Comes the Humpbacks destined to be an early learner favorite” says Chicago Now. Hope they’re right. Are you folks enjoying this cool Fall weather?  You’ll find me photographing leaves, leaves, leaves!

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Picture Book Month is November!]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3591 2013-12-26T16:27:35Z 2013-11-04T21:06:43Z 2013-PBMBADGE-CHAMPION-FBI’m honored to be a Picture Book Champion this year. See the calendar, essays, and activities this robust group has planned for November, 2013:  www.picturebookmonth.com

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April Sayre <![CDATA[I Am Trying to Eat Like a Bear]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3585 2013-10-28T14:56:57Z 2013-10-28T14:56:57Z SayreEatLikeaBearAll week long I will be trying to eat like a bear to celebrate, well of course, my new book with Steve Jenkins and Henry Holt Books for Young Readers: Eat Like a Bear! To follow my adventures, “Like” my facebook author page. Wait ’til I go for some moths, ants, and bison later this week. That should be interesting. Currently working on stems, berries, roots, and tubers.

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Here Come the Humpbacks]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3579 2013-12-26T16:29:01Z 2013-10-16T12:52:41Z HereComeTheHumpbacksSB&F (Science Books and Films) October issue gave Here Come the Humpbacks! a starred review and then a second star for being Editor’s Choice!

It was also named an Outstanding Science Trade Book by NSTA.

Event kits for this book are still available .

Explore and Download whale event kit here

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Common Core Math Standards One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3530 2013-10-08T17:17:54Z 2013-10-08T17:17:54Z Among my books, the most widely used one worldwide is ONE IS A SNAIL, TEN IS A CRAB. It’s been adapted for curricula from Australia to Canada. This book is classified as nonfiction although the text is nonfiction and the illustrations are actually fictional. (At least in my experience, crabs do not ride inner tubes.) It introduces a way of thinking that leads, apparently into algebra. It counts from 1-100. So, when I looked at the Common Core, I could see why this book has been embraced by the math community. Here are the standards that I could see immediately related to the book. A trained math teacher would likely find many more.

Yet there are ways math teachers can use lots of children’s books to complete Common Core.

KINDERGARTEN

  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.1 Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings1, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.2 Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.3 Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g., 5 = 2 + 3 and 5 = 4 + 1).

CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.A.1 Count to 100 by ones and by tens.

 

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GRADE 2

CCSS.Math.Content.2.OA.A.1 Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.1

Lesson Plan for One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab

Other activities related to One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab

One Is a Snail Worksheets

 

 

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Let’s Go Nuts! Seeds We Eat]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3490 2013-08-29T21:04:36Z 2013-08-29T21:00:16Z Let's Go Nuts! Seeds We EatStudying seeds and plant life? Working on nutrition or ecology in preschool through second grade? I hope this will help. My newest book, Let’s Go Nuts! Seeds We Eat was released this week by my marvelous publisher, Beach Lane, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. It’s a chant but with lots of, should we say, chewy endmatter. Once I started working on this book even I was amazed by just how many foods we eat are made from seeds. Just check out the pantry. Corn. Wheat. Lentils. Almonds. Soy milk. Popcorn. Pumpkin seeds.  I’m still eating some of the dried beans that made up the photos in the book. It was photographed at the South Bend Farmer’s Market, Bamber’s Superette, Saigon Market, and other local food spots, including Notre Dame University’s South Dining Hall! 

Let's Go Nuts trioIt completes the trio of books that includes Rah, Rah, Radishes: a Vegetable Chant and Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant.  You’ll find lots of activities related to those first books here on my site. Do let me know about what you creative educators do with edible seeds! Here are a few seed resources to get you started.

Let'sgonutsfinalspreadHere’s a photo of me working on the final spread for the book. I used an old galley from Go, Go, Grapes to measure how big I needed my seed picture to be. By the way, no seeds were wasted. After the photo I slid the seeds into a bowl then while I watched TV I sorted all those seeds back into jars. No joke. Did that many, many times after photo shoots. Nothing wasted.  Some leftover seeds were used by the fabulous Unity Gardens folks.

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Let’s Go Nuts! Seeds We Eat]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3480 2013-12-03T18:18:53Z 2013-08-29T20:31:21Z Let’s Go Nuts! Seeds We Eat

Let’s Go Nuts! Seeds We Eat is a chant which introduces children to beans, nuts, grains, and spice seeds. Endmatter explains why seeds don’t grow inside our stomachs, why seeds are such great food, and how seeds fit into biology, ecology, and culture. This book completes the trio of books that includes Rah, Rah, Radishes: A Vegetable Chant  and Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant.

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Eat Like a Bear…with Stars]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3473 2013-08-24T17:57:11Z 2013-08-24T17:51:32Z EatLikeABearEat Like a Bear, my book  illustrated by Steve Jenkins and published by Henry Holt, just received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. Kirkus reviews also gave it a starred review.  I’m excited that folks “get” this book. I was so pleased with every word, illustration, design choice on this project. It was a great team effort.  Tilt the cover and check out the shiny ants. Notice the designer’s great backmatter fonts and layout. See a few pages on Henry Holt’s website. Okay, so I’m a little stoked about it. Guess what else thrills me: Steve Jenkins has signed on to illustrate my next three books with Henry Holt! Need I say more? Yes. Another Steve Jenkins book, one which he wrote, The Animal Book, received a starred review in PW this week. Go, Steve!

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! in Family Magazine]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3462 2013-08-14T23:44:51Z 2013-08-14T23:40:55Z Good review of Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! and related books in and Ocean Alive Section of Family magazine and also on the website of reviewer Meribeth Shank. Hooray! Nice to be in good company. 

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Resources for Let’s Go Nuts: Seeds We Eat]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3425 2013-08-14T23:55:23Z 2013-08-09T00:33:20Z Let's Go Nuts! Seeds We EatHere are some resources to help readers and teachers use my new book, Let’s Go Nuts! Seeds We Eat (Release date August 27, 2013, Beach Lane Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster). Hope you find edible seeds a a chewy, fun topic as I did!

Related Children’s Books and Reference Books

Alphabetical Seed Guide for Let’s Go Nuts

Memory Jogger Photos

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Here Come the Humpbacks! Event Kit]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3447 2013-10-16T12:55:53Z 2013-07-29T12:07:28Z HereComeTheHumpbacksEveryone is invited to download a free Whale Migration Game for classrooms, libraries, bookstores, and other mammal loving locales.  The event kit encourages readers (ages 5-10) to imagine both the perils and delights of being a baby humpback on its first migration through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.  Explore and Download whale event kit here

 

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Shark Tank and Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! and Lionfish]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3444 2013-07-21T11:49:17Z 2013-07-21T11:49:17Z sayre_turtleturtlenew.a19o4nuuen78kkwskggk8o0g0.5u96ah3skeoa0wo4sgogws00o.thWhen the new edition of my book, Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! was created, there was a lionfish on the top left corner of the cover. My reaction: WHAAAA?  I’ve been snorkeling the reefs in the Caribbean for about 20 years and I knew that was not a native fish. After a little research, though, I found out more about the lionfish invasion of the reefs. And I found out this fish is indeed widespread now. I thought having this fish on the cover would be a great teaching point. Kudos to the illustrator, Annie Patterson, for putting it there in the first place.

It’s a great jumping off point for students researching this issue. I just watched the tv entrepreneur show, Shark Tank, where Dave Johnson and Gary Groomes of Traditional Fisheries talked about the lionfish invasion of Atlantic reefs. Teachers, I think you might be able to develop some terrific research/conservation projects related to this issue. Perfect for common core and research. There are many logistical aspects to accomplishing what these folks are trying to do. Eat the fish that is eating the reefs! They made a great case on the show for this solution.

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Here Come the Humpbacks! Paired With Poetry]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3436 2013-08-14T23:51:46Z 2013-07-11T13:02:43Z Booklist Online’s newsletter has a lovely article by Anastasia Suen that has some terrific ocean poetry books and includes Here Come the Humpbacks! as a book connection. Hurray!

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Common Core and More]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3432 2013-06-11T19:18:30Z 2013-06-11T19:18:30Z School Library Journal’s Myra Zarnowksi, Marc Aronson, and Mary Ann Cappiello serve up some common core nonfiction mentor texts in an article.  Here Come the Humpbacks is included, hooray! This year it’s been productive using the book with kids to get them writing.  Apparently a lot of what I do in presentations and books ties in with common core. Educators are cluing me in on how  how it all dovetails.  Feel free to contact me and share your wisdom. I could use links to anything you do with my books or see in my books that ties in well with common core. I would like to share  general common core/nonfiction resources with educators I meet at conferences, school visits, and  so on. This year I’m speaking a lot at STEM events. The more quality books/resources that reach our children’s minds, the better! As always, INK, .inkrethinkblogspot.com is a font of inspiration for nonfiction and the writing process. I’m not blogging on there this year but did so in previous years.

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April Sayre <![CDATA[Alphabetical Seed Guide for Let’s Go Nuts: Seeds We Eat]]> http://www.aprilsayre.com/?p=3363 2013-05-30T00:20:13Z 2013-05-30T00:20:13Z 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).

Almonds Anasazi beans Barley Black beans Black-eyed peas Brazil nuts Bulgur Butternuts Cacao beans Cardamom pods Carob pod Cashews Chestnuts Chickpeas Coconut Coffee beans, roasted Coffee beans, unroasted Coriander Corn Cumin Dill Fava beans Hazelnuts Hickory nuts Kidney beans Legumes, various Lentils Lima beans Macadamia nuts Mung beans Mustard seeds Navy Beans Nutmeg Oats Peanuts Pecans Pine nuts pink beans Pinto beans Pistachios Pumpkin seeds Quinoa Red beans Rice Runner Beans Rye sesame seed soybeans (edamame) Soybeans, dry. Split peas Sunflower Seeds Vanilla pods Walnuts wheat White beans Wild rice

 

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