See the real Keeping Quilt…

When I was in elementary school, my mom (a K-12 art teacher) came home from a conference with new picture books for my sister and me.  At the conference my mom met Patricia Polacco and received signed copies of The Keeping Quilt and Rechenka’s Eggs.  My sister and I loved these books for their stories […]

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Celebrate all year round

Chief Joseph Medicine Crow, aka High Bird, is an amazing man.  His book, Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond, shares the stories of his life traversing two cultures: that of his traditional Crow grandparents, and that of the White society he experienced growing up on the reservation and serving in […]

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How are we doing?

How’s our blogging?  We would love to hear from you with feedback on how we can best tailor this blog space to meet your needs and interests. Is there a question you have that we can answer in a blog post? Is there a particular author or book you’re studying that you would like to […]

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Meet the spider and the fly for Halloween

The TeachingBooks Author of the Week this week is Tony DiTerlizzi. With Halloween approaching, I thought it might be fun to learn more about the inspiration, paper dolls, and thought process behind his Caldecott honor book, The Spider and the Fly. The links for Further Information are also fun: his website is a hoot, the […]

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Meet Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini, the author of Eragon and Brisingr, is only a few clicks of your mouse away… so, turn on your speakers or get your headphones ready. Listen to the readings we recently created with Christopher to hear the story of how he graduated from high school and started writing Eragon at only 15 years […]

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Purposeful pigs!

This week’s Author of the Week is the amazing illustrator Arthur Geisert. He creates his complex illustrations with copper plate etching.  Thus, the prints come out as mirror images of the etchings. Fun things to look for include: 1) His dry wit: Watch the movie and listen to him talk about his book which can […]

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Creating an online reading with Sarah Dessen

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking to Sarah Dessen to record her introducing and reading from her newest novel,Lock and Key.  This original book reading is now live on TeachingBooks.net for you to enjoy. If you listen you’ll be able to hear Sarah describe the book and her inspiration for writing it.  Sarah’s story […]

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Have you heard of Beverly Bunn?

If you’re familiar with Beezus, Ramona, Ralph S. Mouse, or Mr. Henshaw, then you also know Beverly Bunn. As you may have guessed, Beverly Bunn is Beverly Cleary! I learned this when I recently called Beverly Cleary to record her pronouncing and sharing a story about her name for the TeachingBooks.net Author Name Pronunciation Guide.  […]

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Rendezvous with John Green

You name the time.  You name the place.  Meet the Printz-Award winning author John Green via two brand new original book readings on TeachingBooks.net. Listen to the stories behind John’s books Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns.  Gain insight by hearing the author himself read from his novels.  John’s rhythm and subtle intonation bring each […]

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Creating an online reading with Jeanne DuPrau

I recently called Jeanne DuPrau, author of The City of Ember, to create an original book reading.  Jeanne began her book reading by sharing her inspiration for this fascinating book in which an entire city exists underground without any knowledge of the world above. After reading The City of Ember and then hearing Jeanne introduce […]

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