Monday, June 29, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?

For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Word of the Week Thursday

This week's word is:

WHIFFLE

A verb, 'whiffle' means to "blow with light, shifting gusts," (source, Dictionary.com) to toss around, or to be fickle or uncertain.

Having had a whiffle ball and bat as a kid, I rediscovered this word when recently rereading Half Magic, by Edward Eager, and came across this excerpt:

“This,” said Katherine, “is what I would call a tulgey wood.”
“Don’t!” cried Martha. “Suppose something came whiffling through it!”

Of course, here Eager is making reference to Lewis Carroll's poem The Jabberwocky from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872:

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!


But the word 'whiffle,' despite sounding like a word either Carroll or Eager may have made up, is older even than both of these works and is believed to have come into use as early as 1550 (as far as I can tell).

Monday, June 22, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?

For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

State Awards

Savvy has been selected for the 2009-2010 New Hampshire Great Stone Face Book Award Master List...

The Great Stone Face Book Award, sponsored by the Children's Librarians of New Hampshire (CHILIS), is New Hampshire’s children’s choice award program for students in grades 4-6. Students vote for their favorite title from among 25 selections on the Master List. For more information, please visit: http://www.nhlibrarians.org/chilis/

Classroom Doors #3


More from Dieringer Heights Elementary!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Word of the Week Thursday

This week's word is:

TINCTUMUTATION

'Tinctumutation' (tinkt-myoo-TAY-shuhn) is a noun meaning a change of color.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?


For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Word of the Week Thursday

This week's word is:

LANDLOPING

'Landloping' or 'landloper' means: Wandering, vagrant, vagabond.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

More Reader Artwork

Here's a look at the Beaumont family from another great reader! Thanks for sending your picture, Hikari!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?

For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Classroom Doors #1

When I visited Dieringer Heights Elementary in Lake Tapps, Washington, every classroom door had been decorated in different Savvy ways. I, unfortunately, forgot my camera but just got some pictures in the mail and decided that I have to post some of these over the next few weeks. Here's the first one...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Word of the Week Thursday

Today's word is:

HORNSWOGGLE

To 'hornswoggle' someone means to cheat them, trick them, deceive them.

According to Dictionary.com, this lovely, fun word "belongs to a group of 'fancified' words that were particularly popular in the American West in the 19th century. Hornswoggle is one of the earliest, first appearing around 1829. It is possible that these words were invented to poke fun at the more "sophisticated" East."

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Happy News from Hawaii

Savvy has made the 2009-2010 Nene Award Master List!

Sponsored by the Hawaii Association of School Librarians, Hawaii Library Association, and the Hawaii State Teachers Association, the Nene Award is Hawaii’s children’s choice award program for students in grades 4-6. For more information, and to view the entire list, visit: http://nene.k12.hi.us/index.html

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Do You Know Paula Yoo?

You should! She's awesome. And she just interviewed me on her blog as part of the SCBWI Team Blog series.

To find out more about author, screenwriter, and musician, Paula Yoo, (like I said, you really should...) Click HERE.

To read the interview she did with me--which actually has nothing much to do with writing and instead explores my deeper, darker pop-culture secrets (well, maybe not so deep or dark)--Click HERE. Paula even got me to tell her about the time I shaved my head (long before Britney Spears ever did).

Paula's interview was so fun, just like Paula!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?


For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.