Bedtime for Cranky Crab Author: Cristina Ergunay Illustrator: Heather Gross Publisher: Cartwheel Books/Scholastic Release date: May 2020 Page count: 24 Synopsis: Cranky Crab is NOT ready for bed. The sea creatures around him are all drifting off to sleep, but he just wants to eat snacks and play! Follow Crab as he travels past sea … More Board Book Spotlight: Bedtime for Cranky Crab by Cristina Ergunay plus a giveaway!
AFTER THE WORST THING HAPPENS I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the AFTER THE WORST THING HAPPENS by Audrey Vernick Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and be sure to enter the giveaway! About the Book: Title: AFTER THE WORST THING HAPPENS Author: Audrey Vernick Pub. Date: July 7, 2020 Publisher: Margaret … More MG Spotlight & Excerpt: After the Worst Thing Happens by Audrey Vernick plus a giveaway!
About the Book: Title: ORPHAN ELEVEN Author: Gennifer Choldenko Pub. Date: May 26, 2020 Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books Four orphans have escaped from the Home for Friendless Children. One is Lucy, who used to talk and sing. No one knows why she doesn’t speak anymore; silence is her protection. The orphans find work and new friends at a … More Middle Grade Spotlight & Audio Excerpt: Orphan Eleven by Gennifer Choldenko with a giveaway!
I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the SCORPION by Jeff Sweat Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out the excerpt below and be sure to enter the giveaway! About the Book: Title: SCORPION (Mayfly #2) Author: Jeff Sweat Pub. Date: June 23, 2020 Publisher: Feiwel and Friends In Scorpion, the sequel to Jeff Sweat’s … More YA Spotlight & Excerpt: Scorpion by Jeff Sweat with a giveaway!
Time for my seventh and final blog post in a series focusing on eco-themes for teachers/educators. In this post, I will pair the eco-theme of PUBLIC SPACES with some of the non-fiction picture books I recommend to help highlight the material for students. The eco-themes are based on the wonderful Sustainable Intelligence curriculum offered … More Educator Resources: Eco-Theme # 7: Public Spaces (with non-fiction PB titles)
With the summer approaching, people are making plans to get out and have fun. Our typical travel plans may look different this year due to the pandemic, but many of us will still enjoy day trips and outdoor adventures. So it’s a perfect time for a post about transportation. My sixth blog post focusing on … More Educator Resources: Eco-Theme # 6: Transportation (with non-fiction PB titles)
Got Energy? With the spring weather finally warming up here in New Jersey, many of us are buzzing to get back out into nature! Enjoying time outdoors certainly helps us to burn off energy (and makes it easier to social distance when we can all spread out). My fifth blog post focusing on eco-themes for … More Educator Resources: Eco-Theme # 5: Energy (with non-fiction PB titles)
Maria Gianferrari’s beautifully written nonfiction book, Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story, is a lyrical pleasure full of science facts. *** About the book: Stunning illustrations and gorgeous haikus lead young readers through the dramatic life cycle of one of America’s most beloved wild animals. Pip. Pip. Pip. Poking A hole. Cracking. Cracking. Out … More Q & A with author Maria Gianferrari with a spotlight on Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story…plus a GIVEAWAY!
Guest Post on the writing process by Doug Wilhelm Every book has been different, but it always has been a multi-phase process. I think that’s important — as you go through rewrite after rewrite you find things, develop characters, and even discover what something in the story really is about. Sometimes I’ve counted how many … More Guest Post & YA Spotlight: Author Doug Wilhelm with an excerpt from STREET OF STORYTELLERS and a giveaway!
Food for Thought… Winter is buzzing by! Time for my fourth blog post focusing on eco-themes for teachers/educators and pairing them with some of the nonfiction picture books I use with my students to highlight the material. The eco-themes are based on the wonderful Sustainable Intelligence curriculum offered by EcoRise, an organization with a school … More Educator Resources: Eco-Theme #4: Food (with non-fiction PB titles)