Cedar Falls, Iowa
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Teachers, you're going to love this video series!
You can watch all seven episodes by clicking on the link below.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
I am so thankful to have grown up in a family that valued reading aloud. I have the best memories of my mom reading The Chronicles of Narnia and The Little House on the Prairie books to my sister and I while we ate breakfast each morning, before we went to school. And I'll never forget my father's voice, and his laugh, as he read aloud The Princess Bride every night after supper one summer, back when I was nine or ten years old.
My dad was also my 4th grade teacher and the highlight of any school day was "Story and Drawing." Dad read our class the Chronicles of Prydain while we drew anything we wanted--none of us ever wanted 'Mr. Visser' to stop reading. I was also blessed with an older sister who read aloud to me into my teens (and beyond)--particularly during summer vacation. Michelle introduced me to the books of Diana Wynne-Jones, Dorothy Gilman, Joan Aiken, Gillian Bradshaw, P.C. Hodgell, and more.
For myself, I was lucky enough to have a child who wanted a bedtime read-aloud until birthday #17. I got to read so many wonderful books aloud for so many years--we went all the way from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to The Mouse and the Motorcycle to The Ranger's Apprentice series to--coming full circle--The Princess Bride.
Today, via Skype, I had the opportunity to read aloud to group of 4th and 5th Graders at Mill Pond School, in Massachusetts, in honor of World Read Aloud Day. I hope everyone gets the chance to read to someone special before the day is done. Pick a book! Pick a poem! Find a child! Find a friend! Read, read, read, read, read!
Monday, February 11, 2013
Friday, October 19, 2012
|Photo by Jen Pino, |
Meet Samson's turtle, take a photo on the pink bus, share your savvy on our wall, play ring toss, and stop by our tattoo and science stations. Special guest: author Ingrid Law will be joining us to present and sign Savvy at 5pm. Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
I don't have an e-reader myself. I briefly owned a first generation i-Pad after a friend gave me his. I'd only just begun to use it for reading e-books when I left it in a rental car at the Atlanta airport and never saw it, or my electronic copy of St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, again. And I was enjoying that book, too!
Here's the link to the interview:
KidsEBookBestsellers.com: Ingrid Law Has the Savvy to Hit the Kindle Top Ten...: On September 15th, Savvy by Ingrid Law reached the number 5 spot in the "Children's & Young Adult" section of the Amazon Kindle store. So o...
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
|Bud Werner Memorial Library - Home of the Steamboat Springs Book Feast|
September 8th was a beautiful day in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I enjoyed my day as part of the town's first annual children's Book Feast. I shared the day with (see above) Janet Stevens, Michelle Rodenburg, Craig Brown, Sneed Collard III, Avi, Caroline Stutson, Bonnie Phipps (not pictured) and more. Below, you can see Janet Stevens drawing a wonderful bear for the crowd during her presentation in the morning.
So many talented kids attended my writing workshop, Go Crazy and Get Creative! And my student 'Gopher,' Olivia, was the best assistant anyone could ask for. The great folks from Off the Beaten Path Bookstore (www.steamboatbooks.com) worked their tails off! The people of Steamboat were warm and welcoming. And the aspen trees were already beginning to turn.
If you're in the Colorado area--or even if you're not--watch for this festival next year! I recommend it wholeheartedly.
|Illustrator Janet Stevens|
Monday, June 4, 2012
There are all kinds of fun things to check out for each and every featured author: Q&A, writing exercises, background information... So, if you enjoy learning about the process of telling stories, you'll certainly love exploring this site. In fact, I highly recommend reading Kate DiCamillo's comments about being a professional RE-writer. It's so true for all of us, and so good for people to know and remember! Nobody writes a perfect first draft.
Thanks, Girl Scouts!
Friday, June 1, 2012
Don't let the spider stop you...
The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow: Author Interview with Ingrid Law: The DMS was lucky enough to interview I ngrid Law , author of the middle grade novel Savvy . Lizzy reviewed this fantastical book and i...
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Full of wisdom, humor, and grit, this timeless yarn will melt the heart of even the sternest Yankee.
Sometimes I lose track of time. Other times, I fear I'm simply lost in time as we know it. When it comes to Sheila Turnage's new middle grade novel, Three Times Lucky, I've been both early and late in my timeliness. Early, because I had the enormous pleasure of getting to read Sheila's utterly delightful debut last August (was that really when it was?) when I received it before it was even an ARC. Late, because the book was released weeks ago (with three starred reviews!) and I'm only now coming out of my hermit-writer cave to sing its praises.
For more about Sheila and her book, check out Katherine Erskine's interview with this talented new voice in children's literature.
Or, head on over to Sheila's website: www.sheilaturnage.com
Friday, April 13, 2012
When I say ‘one shoe,’ that’s a good thing… I think. When I have a One Shoe Writing Day, it means I have sat for hours not realizing that I’m only wearing one shoe.
Now, normally, I kick my shoes off (both of them) at the first moment humanly possible. But today it took me four-and-a-half hours before I looked down and said, “Oh! I forgot something.”
On such one-shoe days, my mind becomes so lost in what I write, I don’t even know if the writing is good. I don’t know if what I'm writing has quality, or worth, but I’m so absorbed in the things I’m writing...
And the words I’m putting together...
And the poetry I’m building...
And the worlds I'm creating...
And the universes I am EXPLODING!...
that I look up and I realize—
Oh! I am sitting in a very small room.
Outside my door is a very big world. But it is not the world I was just in. It is not the world in which people who don’t even exist... cried. Or laughed. Or had dreams of barn owls that were once clocks.
And for a moment, the small-big, big-small real world right in front of me is both mundane and wondrous at the same time. Because it feels almost as fictional as the place I’ve been for the last four hours.
Wearing only one shoe.
Monday, April 9, 2012
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I will be going back into hiding immediately after. (At least for a while.) But if you're local (in the Denver Metro area, in Colorado) and longing to meet some other really terrific authors at a book-signing event this spring--my friend (and brilliant, award-winning writer... really, I'm not kidding, I own every one of her books--except for the newest, which is a problem I will soon remedy), Laura Resau, will be at the Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl St. Boulder, CO, on Saturday, May 5th, at 2pm, along with authors Todd Mitchell, and Amy Kathleen Ryan. I plan to go listen to Laura, Todd, and Amy speak, and I can't wait to get my hands on their new books.
You should come, too! Everyone is welcome!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Take these recent projects that readers shared with me:
First, images from a class project in which SCUMBLE came to life--in LEGOs! Students in a classroom in my home town recreated and presented scenes from the book.
And second, just this week I got to enjoy another awesome SAVVY project--and a very elaborate one at that! Third graders from a book study group run by parent volunteers at Windsor Elementary School in Illinois mailed me a VERY fun package.
After reading SAVVY, the kids compiled a CD that included an original SAVVY song. They created the artwork for the CD case as well as the disc, and even wrote liner notes. Then they made a video of the whole group singing the song, "I've Got a Savvy and I know it!"
Needless to say, I was impressed.
And, I sort of wish I was in 3rd or 4th grade again.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Homeschool Literature is a site that promotes fictional children's books with homeschoolers as the main or supporting characters.
For more information about the website, go to:
Monday, January 23, 2012
If you've sent me a letter sometime in the past... er, 2 months? Maybe even (cringe) 3? I still have it and it is staring me in the face right now from a stack on my table. I haven't forgotten you, wonderful readers. I promise!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Here is the description of the book from Sarah's website:
With her boundless curiosity and wild spirit, Fer has always felt that she doesn’t belong. Not when the forest is calling to her, when the rush of wind through branches feels more real than school or the quiet farms near her house. Then she saves an injured creature—he looks like a boy, but he’s really something else. He knows who Fer truly is, and invites her through the Way, a passage to a strange, dangerous land.
Fer feels an instant attachment to this realm, where magic is real and oaths forge bonds stronger than iron. But a powerful huntress named the Mor rules here, and Fer can sense that the land is perilously out of balance. Fer must unlock the secrets about the parents she never knew and claim her true place before the worlds on both sides of the Way descend into endless winter.Happy Publication Day, Sarah!
Here is the book trailer...