The year we’ve had…again…so I’m going to try to gloss over it quickly. There, I’m done! As writers, we must continue to swim forward, like a shark. …STORYSTORM 2022 Registration is OPEN!
Instead of my usual Q & A with authors regarding their new books, here’s a fun post about the Fall Writing Frenzy contest I co-host with Kaitlyn Sanchez. Author Jolene Gutiérrez won with her entry, and she won a special prize: a collaboration with musical artist/writer Annie Birdd. Here’s their conversation, and don’t forget to check out the wonderful song they created together!
Jolene: I “met” Annie Lynn in KidLitLand a few years ago. If you’ve been a member of the KidLit community for any time at all, you know that it’s a wonderfully supportive and generous group. Annie is an important part of this community. She’s always cheering others on, sharing resources, and creating and sharing songs about books. When I heard the song that Annie, Megan Lacera, and Jorge Lacera created for the Laceras’ book Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies, I set a goal of…
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A Monthly Column by Anthony D. Fredericks Resources (you can’t live without) I’ve been writing professionally for nearly 40 years. During that time, …Resources (You Can’t Live Without), by Anthony D. Fredericks
In this episode, meet Shannon Anderson, award-winning author of 14 kidlit books. Shannon just quit her 25-year day job as a teacher to become a …Kidlit Distancing Social #54 Replay: Becoming a Full-Time Writer with Shannon Anderson
I have little happy, hopeful tears. Wonderful, revealing article. Thanks for sharing.
My son pours over illustrations and devours graphic novels, especially those with sophisticated potty humor. Dav Pilkey has mythical status in our house. Garfield comics abound. Chris Van Dusen’s illustrations merit hours of close study.
Yet despite his love of reading at home, my son did not see himself as a successful reader at school. During independent reading, he studied the illustrations and rarely focused on the words. By October of first grade, he was labeled as “disengaged” and a “struggling reader.” And although those words were never said directly to him, he felt their weight.
My son watched his friends read increasingly difficult texts and was aware that he could not read the words with similar success. His teacher tried to support him. However, she inevertantly made the all-too-common, label-led decision to focus on what my son was not doing as a reader. She focused on word solving strategies…
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I need to bookmark this so I am posting it.