It’s through writing that I’m able to merge my passions for teaching, learning, and a sheer delight in story.
My children’s books include picture books: A Net of Stars and Moon Sandwich Mom, a beginning reader series (Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle is the first), an award-winning middle grade novel: Small as an Elephant , and young adult novels: Stained and The Complete History of Why I Hate Her.
Many of my professional books are resource books for teachers – the most well known is undoubtedly The Big Book of Reproducible Graphic Organizers, a title that sounds like a giant coloring book, but is happily in its 24th printing! It can also be purchased with a disk for use with interactive white boards.
Perhaps the book I'm most proud of is No More, "I'm Done!" Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades published by Stenhouse Publishers. In addition to guiding teachers in establishing a successful writer's workshop, it provides a full year of minilessons. You’ll be able to read many of the ideas and tips for nurturing independence in my blog: Growing Writers.