How Children’s Stories Can Save The World (or at least help us better understand it!)

How Children’s Stories Can Save The World (or at least help us better understand it!)

Stories.  We love them. They’re our most ancient form of education. And yet there’s often a mismatch between the stories we love to read to children and the way the world actually works. It comes down to plot lines. Most children’s stories tend to feature some sort of straight line, often starting with a problem,…

When the Wind Blows…Your Book to St. Thomas

When the Wind Blows…Your Book to St. Thomas

During the hurricanes last September, I wondered about the children.  And I worried about the schools and libraries.  Had they lost all of their books?  I began to ask around and heard the story of the Little People’s Learning Center (LPLC) in St. Thomas (for the inspiring story of its founding see the bottom of…

The Gift of Found Time

The Gift of Found Time

Heavy snow can often mean disruption: no school, no driving and sometimes, no power. It can also mean something else: found time.

Celebrating with Picture Books

Celebrating with Picture Books

    Like me, you may have missed that February 5th was National Weatherperson’s Day. I discovered cool stuff about the first weather reporter (Bostonian John Jeffries), and one of the best-EVER book reviews of my children’s book WHEN THE WIND BLOWS, on this site:  CELEBRATE PICTURE BOOKS.   This fun site reviews picture books for…

Goodwill Hunting

Goodwill Hunting

When I talk to my children about the challenges of the past year, I’m grateful for the words of Winnie the Pooh: “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?” — A.A. Milne I try to remember too, that after the…

Teacher Share:  Talking to Kids about Heavy and Light

Teacher Share: Talking to Kids about Heavy and Light

Kim Booth is a third grade classroom teacher at the North Street Elementary School in Grafton, Massachusetts. She’s also an educational innovator.  When given the chance to be a mystery reader in her granddaughter’s kindergarten class, she brought along a copy of When the Wind Blows (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2015).  Being…

Take Two:  Using Picture Books as Mentor Texts

Take Two: Using Picture Books as Mentor Texts

How can you use “When the Wind Blows” as a mentor text? Thank you educator-innovator Ann Marie Marcus for this inspiring “best practices” interview!

A Blast of Inspiration

A Blast of Inspiration

People often ask me: How did you come up with the idea for your book, When the Wind Blows? When my oldest son, Jack, was two years old, we went out to get some milk and bread. It was a bright, sunny day when we left, but as we headed back home, a storm came…

Position. Click. Move. Repeat:  Why I Love Stop Motion

Position. Click. Move. Repeat: Why I Love Stop Motion

When my first picture book was coming out, I knew I wanted to create some kind of “book trailer.” I did my research. I looked around at a lot of the book trailers out there, and found some simple but wonderful ones, some fancy ones, and some real sleepers. I even took a Video Idiot…

I’ve Got You Under My Skin

I’ve Got You Under My Skin

“Under My Skin”: When you meet someone and you’re drawn to them, you can’t stop thinking about them, even when you don’t know them. Something about them just sparks something down deep…They fascinate you.* — Urban Dictionary Sometimes someone can get under your skin, in a good way. I call it being fascinating by someone….

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