Thank you!

June 25, 2012
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Thank you! by Anastasia Suen I wanted to give a public thank you to my wonderful 2012 Nonfiction Book Blast panel! Nina Kidd, the ALA photographer who took this photo, said it was “a galaxy of stars!” I completely agree–you were FABULOUS! Top row from left to right: Loreen Leedy, Seymour Simon, Susan Stockdale, Susan […]

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Creating a Successful Butterfly Garden in 10 Easy Steps

June 18, 2012
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Creating a Successful Butterfly Garden in 10 Easy Steps by Seymour Simon One of the most utilized sections of the Teacher Guide for my new book, BUTTERFLIES, is a guide to planning and planting a butterfly garden. It is not difficult, and your work is paid back with years of enjoyment! Would you like to […]

Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America

June 11, 2012
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Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America By Susan Goldman Rubin Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America came about because of children’s book writer, June Sobol. We were both signing books at a book fair once, but to put it more accurately, she was signing hundreds of copies of Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate […]

Seeing Symmetry Activities

June 4, 2012
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Seeing Symmetry Activities by Loreen Leedy A common factor among butterflies, dinosaurs, the letter A, human and animal bodies, airplanes, totem poles, etcetera, is one that most people don’t think about very often…SYMMETRY! An underutilized resource (in my humble opinion), symmetry is a great way to demonstrate basic math concepts such as REPEATS…EQUALITY…PATTERNS…REFLECTIONS…and ROTATIONS. Because […]

Johnny Appleseed

May 28, 2012
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Johnny Appleseed by Anastasia Suen Writing nonfiction for early readers is a challenge. You want to share as much as you can about your topic, but children who are just learning to read can’t read many words by themselves yet. Much of what you want to say requires words that are too difficult for these […]

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Lives of the Musicians

May 21, 2012
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Coming up on the 20th Anniversary of Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought)  By Kathleen Krull Lives of the Musicians would never have come about if I hadn’t known Kathryn Hewitt, the artist.  She was painting these amazing caricatures of people she admired– famous philosophers, writers, artists.  We started brainstorming on […]

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Thanks NASA

May 14, 2012
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Thanks, NASA! by Tom Greve I was born in 1969.  I don’t remember the year of course, but this winter, as I researched the work of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for Rourke Publishing’s book “Thanks, NASA!” the year began to take on new significance. It seems for millions of people around the world, […]

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