I am a former classroom teacher and reading specialist, and I love to write about the elementary school world. I visit schools to encourage teachers and children to look at the stories all around them because I believe these are the most important ones of all. I've written poems and stories about pencils, bathrooms, book bags, sharing time, recess, the school bus, gym, and all the dramas that go on in classrooms everywhere. My school programs are an interactive celebration of this world, and I bring many funny props with me. One of them is a six foot inflatable pig from OUR PRINCIPAL PROMISED TO KISS A PIG. The kids are 100% involved when it is time for the principal to kiss Hamlet, the pig! I love to see the spirit of childhood in our schools, and my program is a celebration of this spirit!
As a classroom teacher and reading specialist, I found the BEST stories of all inside my classroom, and I wanted to share these stories.
I remember that my Aunt Irene loved books so much that she had huge bookcases in her bedroom. There wasn't enough room for a real bed, and she just had a sofa bed that she pulled out at night. I remember looking at that bedroom and knowing that there was something very special in those books, and that I wanted to be just like my Aunt Irene.
My next book will be released in the spring of 2019. It is a book about a bookmark who is afraid of the frightening pictures in books. Whenever he is put on a scary page, he yells, GET ME OUT OF THIS BOOK! He decides to go back to school to learn how to handle the scariest pictures in the scariest books.
I have a book coming out in the fall of 2019 called RECESS IN THE DARK. Did you know that the children in far northern countries have recess in the dark during the long winters when the sun does not shine on them at all? You'll be surprised by the games they play in the dark!
I turn classrooms of children into "editors" and they give me advice on my stories and poems. I've found that students are the best editors of all.
I would tell parents to read to their children as often as possible, and to make books and reading a priority in their lives. My daughter had a perfect score on the verbal portion of her SAT's and said it was because I read to her so much. In order to give children a top notch education, the key is so simple -- read, read and read even more to them. Help them to fall in love with books and literacy.