Keep the Story Going by Lynne Vanderveen Smith

Keep the Story Going by Lynne Vanderveen Smith

I just had to share this. Lynn Vanderveen Smith discusses why reading aloud is so powerful—even for High School Students. Keep sharing the stories.

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If you are anything like me, you have fond memories of having a child curled up in your lap as you shared a story.  It might have been your own child or your grandchild.  Remember how they often had a book they loved to hear over and over. You almost got to the end of a story and heard, “Read it again!”  My father and son developed a great memory of a book that they shared.  It was truly boring with no story so Dad made up a story, and they “read” that book continuously.  So why did we quit doing reading aloud?  Those toddlers turned into a school aged children who went off and learned to read without us.  And we let them read and read without us.  But why let it go on – without us? Why not continue these treasured times together?

Looking back, I know that…

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There are years of innovation and then there are years of transformation

This is a special blog post that highlights the very core of teaching—that isn’t discussed often enough in this time of accountability and measurement.

Three Teachers Talk

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Emma was sunshine personified. She was salty hair and smiles and surfing. She was the student who sat in the front row, the one who showed up early to class just to chat. Emma died this past September in a car accident, one day after I revised her college essay, one day after she told me “one more concussion and I’ll be dead,” one day after she laughed off my nervous, “Be careful!”

When I first hear the news, I had been given the wrong students’ name, and I am ashamed to admit that for a moment I selfishly breathed a sigh of relief. But then her picture loaded, the pixelated image appeared line by line on my smartphone, her sandy blonde hair and smile, flashing section by section and I fell apart alone in my living room at 6:30am.

That was only the beginning.

Quickly students began unraveling. I…

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NJSCBWI CONFERENCE

Don’t miss the NJ SCBWI on June 13th and 14th. Always informative, fun, and inspiring.

Writing and Illustrating

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REGISTRATION FOR THE NJ SCBWI JUNE CONFERENCE IS NOW OPEN!

DATES: June 13th and 14th

Cost : $360 – early bird: $335

Location:Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn Express Plainsboro, NJ

FACULTY LINEUP

(Alphabetical by last name)

Abramowitz, Jenne (Senior Editor, Scholastic Inc.)

Alexander, Heather (Agent, Pippin Properties)

Asselin, Kristine (Author)

Baptiste, Tracey (Editor, Rosen Publishing)

Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta (Author)

Bremekamp, Samantha (Jr. Agent, Corvisiero Literary Agency)

Burkhart, Jessica (Author)

Calabrese, Kelly (Author)

Camacho, Linda (Agent, Prospect Agency)

Colleen, Marcie (Author)

Cornell, Merial (Owner / Founder, Cornell & Company, LLC)

Cusick, John (Agent, Greenhouse Literary / Keynote)

Deak, Erzsi (Agent/Founder, Hen&ink Literary Studio)

Deitz Shea, Pegi (Author)

Dyckman, Ame (Author)

Evans, Amy (Author)

Fleissig, Liza (Founder, Liza Royce Agency)

Fujii, Saho (Art Director, Little, Brown BFYR)

Haertsch, Gretchen (Author)

Harris, Patti Ann (Executive Art Director, Scholastic Inc.)

Hasegawa, Carter (Associate Editor, Candlewick Press)

Ismail, Suzy (Author)

Jantz, Jeff (Author)

Kinard, Kami (Author)

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Never Underestimate the Power of a Picture Book…

Never Underestimate the Power of a Picture Book…

What a great initiative. Please consider contributing.

Michelle Eastman Books

I am celebrating the power of picture books through an initiative called #MARCHingBookstoKidshttps://www.facebook.com/PBPiO Please join us by donating a book to a child of an incarcerated parent.

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The Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, Storybook Project is collecting books for children birth-17 years of age. Each month, VNS volunteers record an incarcerated parent reading a book to his/her child. The book and the recording are mailed to the child to keep. Please include a note stating that your book is part of the Picture Book Pass it On/MARCHing Books to Kids initiative.

VNS of Iowa, Storybook Project

c/o Tabby Kuehl (MARCHing Books to KIds)

1111 9th Street

Suite 320

Des Moines, Iowa 50314

Thank you for making a difference to a family in need.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway WINNNER

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I’m excited to announce the winner of the  AND I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU Goodreads book giveaway.

642 people entered to win the autographed copy.

299 people added it to their Goodreads shelf.

BUT

only 1 person won.

That person is…

Ann from Arizona.

Congratulations.

Thanks to everyone who entered.

If you get a chance to read AND I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU

please consider posting a review.

Thanks again to everyone who entered and for spreading the word.

Happy reading.

GOODNIGHT ARK Birthday Bash

Introducing……. drum roll…. please……

GOODNIGHT ARK‘s BIRTHDAY BASH!!!!

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I was thrilled when Laura asked me to document GOODNIGHT ARK’s birthday bash. That’s right, Saturday, September 6th was GOODNIGHT ARK’s coming out party. Many people gathered at our local Barnes & Noble to celebrate.

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There was a reading,

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and crafts,

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and signings.

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I couldn’t capture all of the magic, but hopefully you get the idea.

During the fun, I took a little “What’s Your Favorite Animal?” survey.  Elephant was the winner, followed by Tiger in close second. Here’s a clip of one boy’s response.

 

After the reading, and crafts, and signing, and surveys, we gobbled up the treats below to continue the celebration!!!

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I’m certain everyone slept well (not like the animals in GOODNIGHT ARK) after such a wonderful day. Thanks Laura, for letting me share in the celebration.

 

Laura SassiLaura’s poems, stories, articles and crafts have appeared in many publications including Highlights for Children, Cricket, Ladybug, Spider, Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr., FamilyFun, and Pack-O-Fun. She has a passion for playing with words and rhyming and is delighted that her first picture book, GOODNIGHT, ARK, published by Zonderkidz, a HarperCollins Company, and illustrated by Jane Chapman is out. She is represented by Lara Perkins of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Laura writes from her century-old home in New Jersey where she lives with her awesome husband, two adorable kids, and a black cockapoo named Sophie. You can also find her on her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.