“The Antidote for a Hurried Childhood” was what the Huffington Post called my middle grade nonfiction book, The Slowest Book Ever (Boyds Mills Press, release in April, 2016) in a sneak peek article late by Vicki Cobb last year. This book has line drawings by the fabulous Kelly Murphy. It’s reviewed by the esteemed School Library Journal in their upcoming (February) issue. The wonderful Junior Library Guild will be sharing it with their subscribers in July, 2016.
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Illustrated by Steve Jenkins, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, May 12, 2015.
“Verdict: Lovely and exciting, this title is a great hook for young researchers, as well as fledgling ornithologists.”
-Starred Review, School Library Journal.
“Repetitive onomatopoeic sounds such as ‘CHOP, CHIP, CHOP’ and ‘BONK-BONK-BONK’ combine with plentiful alliteration to make the simple verses come alive . . . Attractive and surprisingly informative, this should join the duo’s Eat Like a Bear (2013) on every preschool and primary nature shelf.”
“Sayre introduces the distinctively noisy woodpecker and the rhythmic cadences that fill its industrious life through a rhyming, sound word-filled text.”
“Short, playful text featuring plenty of action words and onomatopoeia describes a variety of woodpecker activities.”
Raindrops 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?)
Rah, rah, raspberries! Go, go, grapes! Prepare yourselves. Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant will be released May 22, 2012. I’m proud of the luscious photos, which were taken primarily at our local farmer’s market, small grocery stores in our town, and a few markets I visited on travels. Several fruit parties had to be held to munch all the fruit I purchased from friendly fruit folk!
I’ll be at ALA in Chicago. 10:30 am. on Sunday morning is Nonfiction Book Blast: Booktalks for Reluctant Readers. Expand your nonfiction repertoire as 18 authors booktalk their latest work. You’ll leave with postcards with all the booktalks you can use in your library. I’ll be presenting a brief booktalk on bird storytimes, featuring Honk, Honk, Goose and Vulture View.
My signings: Sunday Henry Holt 2-3 pm
Sunday Charlesbridge 4-5 pm Stop by and say hello!
Can’t come? Check out the booktalks wiki for booktalk texts.
Understanding. Decoding. Absorbing. Whatever you want to call it, kids develop skills to dig into nonfiction text. They learn to pay attention to details and themes.
See how the teachers at Sandhills Elementary honor writing and analyze books. (more…)