For Teachers & Librarians

ACTIVITIES & GAMES Here are resources, games and activities you can use with some of my books. They can help you incorporate the books into your curriculum or prepare your kids for one of my author visits.

Click a book cover to see activities and resources for that title.

AUTHOR VISITS Please contact me to talk about visiting your school, library or conference. I'm happy to speak to large school assemblies, library groups or individual classrooms. Typically, I read my books, show an interactive Powerpoint slideshow about the stories behind the stories, discuss being an author and take questions from the audience. I also have book-related games, songs, activities and crafts for each of my titles. I’m happy to tailor my presentation to your needs. For fees and testimonials download my new author visit brochure at right.

 

 
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SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER
Winner of the 2013 International Latino Award

"Highly Commended" list -- Charlotte Zolotow Award
(curriculum areas: social skills, science, ecology, geography, Spanish)

Using an interactive Powerpoint guessing game, I show photos of the real animal behind the story--a critically endangered salamander called an axolotl who lives in one place in the world—Lake Xochimilco in Mexico City. The axolotl is critical to science and medicine because it can regrow almost any body part, including parts of its brain! I also show sketches and color art by Caldecott Honor Medalist Melissa Sweet to demonstrate the stages of picture book making. Our
SPIKE curriculum guide offers printable games, activities, songs and drawing lessons I can share with the kids.

THE TOOTH MOUSE
Named a 2013 Best Book of the Year by Bank Street and the Cooperative Children's Book Center

(curriculum areas: writing, revision, fables, fairy tales, cultural differences, French, dental health)

Interviewing a Parisian six-year-old for a magazine, I discovered that more than fifty percent of the world has a Tooth Mouse instead of a Tooth Fairy! A version of La Petite Souris is found not only in France, but also in Spain, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, Argentina, El Salvador and many other countries around the world. We discuss cultural differences and similarities and touch upon the French language because there is some French in the book. Then we discuss fairy tales, who invented them, and how they differ from fables. I have TOOTH MOUSE handouts that allow kids to keep track of lost baby teeth and offer tips for tip-top teeth and dental health.

JUST SAY BOO!

Starred review, Publishers Weekly
To be featured this October in Scholastic Book Clubs
(curriculum areas: Halloween, reading, poetry)
Perfect for your Halloween event! I even come in costume. JUST SAY BOO is meant for the littlest trick-or-treaters. Its call-and-response rhymes help Pre-K through Grade 2 kids scare off the frights of the season. We read the book together and then treat ourselves to spooky JUST SAY BOO games and crafts.