Authors\ Illustrators 2010-2011
I've got a feeling........that this year ......
it's going to be a good, good year in the Library !!!
Laurie Halse Anderson
November 3, 2010
Laurie Halse Anderson came to visit Newtown Elementary School on Wednesday, November 3rd, to promote her new book titled, FORGE. In this sequel to CHAINS, bestseller Ms. Anderson told many stories about what it takes for runaway slaves to forge their way in the midst of the American Revolution. She WOWED the crowd of 6th graders and guests sharing how she researches her characters, settings, and historical references first hand.
Laurie is the award-winning author of many books for children of all ages including The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School, along with Speak and Chains, which were both National Book Award Finalists.
Ms Anderson lives in northern New York, where she is working on Isabel and Curzon's final adventure in book #3 titled, ASHES.
We are extremely fortunate to have Laurie visit our school on her tour and must thank Booktenders' in Doylestown for arranging all the details.
You can follow Laurie's adventures at twitter.com/halseanderson and on her blog at halseanderson.livejournal.com.
Laurie was our guest author at Newtown Elementary back in January of 2002. She is a brilliant researcher and her work proves that point. Some of the books she wrote are Ndito Runs, her first book which was inspired by an NPR story about the Kenyan Olympic marathon runners who grew up running miles to and from school every day. Turkey Pox and No Time For Mother's Day, wonderful stories one even being modeled after her own daughter's chicken pox on Thanksgiving. Fever 1793, the Wild at Heart series and Thank You, Sarah! are wonderful reads and extemely popular here at our school. She also wrote many Young Adult (YA) novels among them titled, Speak, Catalyst, and Prom .
THANK YOU, LAURIE!
October 11, 2010
Dear Parents and Staff,
Booktenders’ Secret Garden Children’s Bookstore & Gallery is thrilled to be bringing the Award winning author, Laurie Halse Anderson to Newtown Elementary School on Wednesday November 4, 2010.
Ms. Anderson will be presenting Forge, the sequel of Chains, to our 6th grade. What a wonderful opportunity for your children to meet, listen to and get involved firsthand with writing and books.
The following books will be available for sale and autographing at a 20% discount plus tax. Ms. Anderson will sign the books bought only through this order form.
Laurie Halse Anderson Books for Sale
Please make all checks payable to Booktenders'
All orders due by Friday, October 15, 2010
April 29, 2011
We are so happy that Deborah is coming back to Newtown Elementary Library to share her passion for books, research and libraries. Her enthusiasm is contagious: " I love being an author. I love to do research and I love to write both fiction and non-fiction."
RESEARCH TIPS FOR KIDS:
When you have to write a research report or paper for school...
1. HAVE FUN! BE A DETECTIVE! BE NOSY!
2. USE AT LEAST THREE SOURCES.
3. KEEP ASKING YOURSELF: WHAT DO I KNOW? WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
4. BRAG ABOUT WHAT YOU LEARNED!
1. Read, read a lot of them.
2. Write and rewrite and rewrite.
3. Read what you've written out loud.
4. Write for yourself not for others.
5. Join a writers group.
Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
1. Incidents in real life--either mine or someone's else's.
2. My children and pets
3. Children in schools.
4. Editors who ask me to write about a certain topic.
5. Teachers!! I get a lot of ideas from my own children's teachers and from teachers in schools I visit.
8. The idea fairy.
Dear Teachers, Staff and Parents,
Newtown Elementary School is so pleased in having returning author, Deborah Heiligman with us on Friday, April 29th.
Deborah will visit grades 4, 5 & 6 zeroing in on many key points like choosing good topics, taking useful notes, use of the library, finding resources plus gathering information that she will share with our budding writers and readers.
Mrs. Heiligman is a graduate of Brown University, a former editor of Scholastic News and writer of 28 plus acclaimed books including Barbara McClintock: Alone in her Field, From Caterpillar to Butterfly, and her recent winner of the 201 YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) non-fiction award for Charles and Emma.
Mrs. Heiligman is a wonderful lady that will provide many valuable tools in researching and be a guiding model for you as teachers, parents and students.
Newtown Elementary School
Deborah Heiligman Books for Sale
Please make checks payable to Booktenders’ Secret Garden. ***All orders are due by Tuesday, April 12, 2011*** Prices reflect a 20% discount with tax included.
May 11, 2011
A writer, an illustrator, and a singer all wrapped up into one. This is a wonderful opportunity for your children to love and learn about non-fiction by a master researcher and naturalist, Jim Arnosky.
FYI biographical information:
Jim was born in New York City and raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated from a high school in Philadelphia and joined the US Naval Reserves which took him from Maryland to Germany. In 1976 Jim and his wife Deanna moved to Vermont with their two daughters where they have lived in an old farm house for the past 29 years. Eighteen of those raising sheep. He began writing in the early 1970s while living in a cabin in rural Pennsylvania and keeping a journal. He is a self-taught artist, who paints directly with watercolor and without the pencil line. He began his career as a freelancer for children's magazines like Ranger Rick, Cricket,and Jack and Jill.
Jim is self taught in writing, art and natural sciences. He has written and illustrated over 86 books on nature subjects and has illustrated over 46 other books written by other authors. He has been awarded the Christopher Medal, Orbis Pictus Honor, ALA Gordon Award, and Outstanding Science book awards from the National Science Teachers Associations.
Jim loves to fish, boat, and play his guitar and he is inspired every day by something he sees or does outdoors.
Please visit his excellent web site and enjoy all the activities . www.jimarnosky.com