Friday, May 30, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
The team at King Open School in Cambridge, MA, must have spent hours putting together this bulletin board right outside the library.
I really appreciate all the time and energy that went into prepping kids for my visits. It makes a huge difference when the kids are familiar with my work before I walk through the door!
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
While I was speaking to students on one end of the school, passionate teacher-librarian Donna MacDonald-Sullivan was hard at work down the hall, asking students to think deeply about my books and my writing suggestions during their library period. And all over the school, teachers were integrating my ideas and books into their lessons. Wow!
On Monday night, Donna and several teachers took me out to dinner at a delicious local restaurant. Shout out to the second-grade hall for sharing a meal and their space with me!
On Wednesday, fourth graders tweeted out messages. Here are a few examples:
Thank you @ for teaching me about how we get cocoa beans and the whole cycle. Thank you for coming to Orchard School!
Hi @! We really love all of your books, such as "Alligator or Crocodile" and "No Monkeys, No Chocolate."
My friend and I loved that we just learned that killer whales are really dolphins! Thank you author-in-residence @.
Mrs. Pecor's third graders wrote a lovely poem inspired by Feathers: Not Just for Flying (illus by Sarah S. Brannen) and performed it for me. Double Wow!
And just as I was packing up to go, I was presented a wonderful basket full of Vermont-made items and so many beautifully-crafted student-made cards and notes that it may take me all summer to read them. Triple Wow!
I am one lucky author.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Deadliest Anima’s by Melissa Stewart
Hello Bumblebee Bat by Darrin Lunde (illus.Patricia J. Wynne )
Monday, May 12, 2014
In this second example (click to enlarge), the editor thought we needed to add a bit more information to clarify the point. She suggested a possible alternate wording, but I decided to try something a little bit different.
In this example (click to enlarge), the editor made a very good point. Many of the books in the series are sold to other English-speaking nations. They are also translated into other languages. She pointed out that the expression I had chosen was fun, it wouldn't work well for audiences outside the U.S.
Here is the text for last spread of the book (click to enlarge). The editor thought we needed a build up to the final fascinating fact—that mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on Earth. So I added a new paragraph. But I was worried that there was now way too much text for the spread, so I suggested cutting some text from the third paragraph.
The art/production director was also worried that there was too much text on the spread. She thought we might want to cut the last paragraph, even though she liked it. The editor responded that she wanted to keep it. At this point, we all thought there was too much text, but decided to resolve the problem during the layout stage. Then we’d see how the layout was working and could figure out exactly how much needed to be cut.
To see how the book progressed from this point, come back next week.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I’m, er, obsessed with
classifying nonfiction. It helps me think about all the possible ways I can
write nonfiction for kids.
Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming