Monthly Archives: October 2011

Five Things on a Friday (and two of them are new books!)

1. My 7th graders are doing nonfiction literature circles discussions right now, with sets of the Scientists in the Field books from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. They are loving these titles — the stunning photography, fascinating stories, and all the connections between the work of the experts in the books and what they’re learning about the […]

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Celebrating Books (and helping a library!) at The Bookstore Plus

Last night was one of those nights when it was absolutely magical to be part of a community of people who love reading and care about books and libraries. Sarah and Marc Galvin, the owners of the fantastic Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid, hosted a benefit fundraiser for the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay, […]

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NOTES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL BAND GEEK by Erin Dionne

Confession: I will always be a band geek at heart. My junior high and high school years were spent marching my flute around fields and up and down neighborhood streets in parade formation in my small town, riding the band bus, and ogling the older boys in the percussion section. So really…was there any way […]

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Christopher Silas Neal on illustrating OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW

Today is the official release day for OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW, my Chronicle picture book illustrated by the amazing Christopher Silas Neal. It tells the story of a girl who goes cross country skiing with her father and discovers the secret world of animals living under the snow. This Sunday, I’ll be signing books […]

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Saturday: An Awesome Indie Bookstore Benefit to Rebuild a Library!

Whether you live in the Adirondacks or far away, please consider participating in a big, awesome library fund raiser this Saturday evening at The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid.  This is something that terrific indie bookstore owners Sarah and Mark Galvin cooked up after nearby Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay, NY suffered devastating flood […]

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Real Revision: An Interview with Laurel Snyder

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that my first book for teachers, REAL REVISION: AUTHORS’ STRATEGIES TO SHARE WITH STUDENT WRITERS, was released from Stenhouse this past summer. I’ve been celebrating with a series of author interviews on the topic of real revision…the nitty gritty, make-the-book-better strategies that some of my […]

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Snow, Puppets, & a FREE Writing Workshop this Sunday in Vermont!

It’s been a pretty exciting week for my upcoming picture book, OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW.  I woke up Saturday to an email from my editor at Chronicle, letting me know about this glowing review in Publishers Weekly – my first-ever starred review!  I’m obviously delighted, not just for myself, but also for debut picture […]

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