Friday, May 30, 2008

Mabel I Wilson School

I had a great day yesterday visiting eight kindergarten classes at the Mabel I. Wilson School in Cumberland, ME. A big thank you to teacher Leslie Gallant for all her hard work arranging the visit, ordering books, getting lunch, etc. Kudos, also, to all the teachers - Mary Train, Johna King, Liz King, Teresa Folley, Becki Galli, Kathryn Begos, Leslie Gallant, and Crystal Belanger - for their well behaved, well prepared classes.

Although I was dead tired and had little voice by 3:00pm, it was fun to be back in the classroom with eager students and their fresh view points. It is amazing what a kindergartener knows about language and writing.
Questions I was asked: "Do you use sound words?" "Do you revise?"
"Did you dedicate the book to anyone?" WOW!

I look forward to more school visits and spending time with our fabulous new generation of readers and writers! Thank you Mabel I Wilson kindergarteners!

Monday, May 26, 2008

School Visits

After a break in the hectic signing schedule, a school visit is upcoming this week. I will be visiting the kindergarten classes at the Mabel I. Wilson School in Cumberland. ME. This will be a return to the school where I went once a month for two years to attend my classes for my Master's degree from Lesley University.I will also visit the classroom of Leslie Gallant, a great teacher and friend. Visits to several day care/nursery schools are in the near future.

A Isn't for Fox was reviewed in a new magazine called Teaching Young Children - a resource magazine for pre-school teachers. The article not only reviews books, but also suggests activities to do with the book. Nice!

Enjoy the beautiful weather, but don't forget to read!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Fox Tales

After another rainy drive, I arrived at Fox Tales Books in New Durham, NH. Fox Tales is a delightful hometown bookstore where owner Mary McHale greets every customer by name. She knows that Lirael loves to play with the basket of pastel plastic eggs - pink, please!- which Spiderwick book is next on Molly's list, and suggests just the right poetry book to one of the local poets. There are snacks for the Saturday morning crowd and a comfortable, stay-a-while atmosphere. The store was never empty the entire three hours I shared there and we had quite a successful signing. If you are ever in the area, drop in and say hi to Mary.

The initial burst of signings is done for now, with a few scheduled later in the summer. There is one school visit on the horizon for this spring, but hopefully there will be more starting this fall. If you are interested in a school visit, leave a comment and I will send you a brochure. I may actually post it on the blog when I feel I have it in a polished state!

Enjoy the flowers!