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Whirlwind Spring

Yes, I know it’s fall, but honestly, last spring was such a whirlwind that I didn’t even post about a couple really amazing things that happened, so please allow me do it now.

TheLexingtonSchoolFirst of all, I had the incredible … Read the rest

Posted on 09/19/2014 10:36 pm | Comments Off on Whirlwind Spring

Words Across the World!

The words have arrived from our pen pals in Malawi! (I say “our” because I have a pen pal, too.) Thousands of Austin area students in 160 classrooms have read Laugh with the Moon, and now they are corresponding … Read the rest

Posted on 04/14/2014 05:31 pm | Comments Off on Words Across the World!





Mathews_WaterWhen I visited Mathews Elementary School in Austin last week, I was bowled over by what the students in Lauren Fox’s third grade class had created.

“After studying symbolism, students created illustrations inspired by a section of text Read the rest

Posted on 03/07/2014 01:06 am | 1 Comment

Mastering the Middle Grade

writing barn 1This August, I’ll be a faculty member at the Full Novel Revision Week: Mastering the Middle Grade. This week of work and wonder will happen at the  most magical spot on earth–The Writing Barn, which is right here in Austin!… Read the rest

Posted on 12/08/2013 05:36 pm | Comments Off on Mastering the Middle Grade

Clear Spring Elementary

Wow! Those kids at Clear Spring Elementary sure know how to show an author a good time. The fourth and fifth-grade students had all read Laugh with the Moon, and they asked the most thought-provoking questions. They showed me the … Read the rest

Posted on 12/08/2013 12:24 am | Comments Off on Clear Spring Elementary

Words Across the World

BookPeople, the Austin Independent School District, and Penguin Random House are joining forces to launch Words Across the World. This program encourages cross-cultural exploration through reading and writing. As we speak, thousands of students in Malawi and Austin are … Read the rest

Posted on 11/25/2013 03:36 am | Comments Off on Words Across the World

Civil Rights Then and Now

2013 marks important milestones of the Civil Rights Movement. In honor of the courageous people and events who participated in this chapter of history, I’ll feature video interviews, discussion questions and web links from the Reader Guide I wrote to … Read the rest

Posted on 11/13/2013 01:05 am | Comments Off on Civil Rights Then and Now

Hardy Oak: Reading in Action

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What is so cool about the Hardy Oak Elementary School book club is the hands-on way that kids are reading Laugh with the Moon. Librarian Jo Chasse and parentBook Club at Hardy Oak volunteer Casey Herridge sure know how to make books come … Read the rest

Posted on 10/28/2013 01:53 am | 2 Comments


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Sensational San Antonio Students!

I’ve had a great time visiting schools in the San Antonio area during the last two weeks. I am moved by the students’ desire to partner with their peers half-way

across the world in Malawi, Africa to see what they … Read the rest

Posted on 10/02/2013 09:28 pm | Comments Off on Sensational San Antonio Students!
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