Going to ALA!

After months of planning, ALA is finally here! The conference begins today in New Orleans. As it says on the ALA website, “Scheduled for June 23-28, 2011 in New Orleans, the Annual Conference is the world’s largest event for the library community. Bringing together more than 25,000 librarians, educators, authors, publishers, literacy experts, illustrators and the leading suppliers to the market, the Annual Conference gives you a once-a-year opportunity to advance your career and improve your library.”

I’ll be there with my Nonfiction Book Blast panel. The ten Nonfiction Book Blast panel authors will each booktalk their books and provide a handout of an activity to accompany the book. We invite everyone at ALA to attend our panel presentation–it’s going to be a blast!

Nonfiction Book Blast: Booktalks and Activities for Your Library

Start school with new booktalks and activities from ten nonfiction authors: April Pulley Sayre (Rah, Rah, Radishes), Kelly Milner Halls (In Search of Sasquatch), Deborah Heiligman (Charles and Emma), Loree Griffin Burns (The Hive Detectives), Carla Killough McClafferty (The Many Faces of George Washington), Christine Taylor-Butler (Magnets), Shirley Duke (You Can’t Wear These Genes), Darcy Pattison (Prairie Storms), Carla Mooney (Explorers of the New World) and Anastasia Suen (Read and Write Sports). (Handouts)

Sunday June 26, 2011 8 am – 10 am
Morial Convention Center Room 243

After the panel, I will be signing my new 2011 books!

10:30-11:30am: ABC-Clio, Booth #2740

Read and Write Sports: Readers Theatre and Writing Activities for Grades 3-8

After years of helping students prepare for the state writing test, I have created a sports “reading and writing” book for classrooms and libraries. There are ten sports in Read and Write Sports: Readers Theatre and Writing Activities for Grades 3-8, so you can use it once a month during the school year. The chapters are filled with short mentor text examples for narrative, expository and descriptive writing exercises and the appendix has printables for all of the graphic organizer charts and student instruction pages.

1-2pm: Kane Miller, Booth #1147

All-Star Cheerleaders (Book #1) Tick Tock, Taylor

I’ll be signing the first book in my new sports series for girls, All-Star Cheerleaders (Book #1) Tick Tock, Taylor. (Books 2 and 3 are being illustrated now, and I’ll finish writing book 4 in July. These 6-8 year old girls are all on the same squad at the Big D Elite gym. Each book features a different girl.)

2-3pm: Lee & Low, Booth #1132

I have 2 new easy readers with Bebop Books, the school imprint of Lee and Low Books. The first one is a Level A book about healthy eating:

Can You Eat a Rainbow?

Can You Eat a Rainbow?

¿Puedes comer el arco iris?

Also available in Spanish: ¿Puedes comer el arco iris?

This Level B easy reader is about the Chinese New Year parade. (2012 is the Year of the Dragon!)

Golden Dragon Parade

Golden Dragon Parade

El desfile del dragón dorado

In Spanish: El desfile del dragón dorado

Two more in September!

My first Boxcar Children book, The Zombie Project, comes out in September, so I have my Silly Zombie Story Writing Workshop page ready for schools and libraries to use in October. (It’s NOT about the zombie in the book. It’s a silly writing prompt: When I saw the zombie on Halloween… with printable graphic organizer charts for you to use.)

The Zombie Project

And last but not least, my new picture book with Viking will also come out in September!

Road Work Ahead

The illustrator, Jannie Ho, and I have created a Road Work Ahead Facebook page so we can share book news and activities once a week until the book comes out. I have the first activity up right now, and Jannie will share a new one next week (a coloring page from the book!) Yay!

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