Devil in the Details: Affiliate Linking and Stuff
Amazon has this requirement-thingy about using affiliate links. So I'm telling you now, if you click some/many/most? of the book links on this site, you will go straight to h@ll. Kidding. You will go to that book's page on Amazon with the added bonus of my affiliate tag. If you buy said book, I will get something like two molecules of a penny and some pocket lint.
So yeah, why do I bother? Because with Squarespace it's easier to link to a book using their handy-dandy-Amazon-built-in form than to link manually. I'm all for easy, so that's what I do. Plus, I just really love pocket lint. If you DO want to buy a book, but DON'T want me to get your pocket lint, just delete my "ref=" part from the url. I won't be offended. I won't even know! (Or will I, BWAHAHA!)
Yes, to celebrate the release of my third picture book, A Year With Mama Earth, I’m creating a nature journal inspired by Rebecca Green’s illustrations and the book’s lyrical text. I’m aiming the printables at PreK-3rd graders, and plan to include an abundance of STEAM activities: loads of natural science, art, creative writing, and so much more.
Making a book trailer can be as easy or as complicated as you want. I’ve made all of mine with nothing but iMovie, photo editing software, and an internet connection. I’m not a video expert by any means, but here’s a brain-dump of everything I know about creating a video trailer yourself, for free!
I created these school planning pages out of desperation. I SO needed to get back on track! Did they help? Some more than others. But I can say for certain that they are 100% cute. In this free download you’ll find a weekly lesson plan, semester schedule, grade report sheets, and book/media record sheets. All can be sized for any planner, including my particular fave, the Happy Planner.
I first started thinking about tension when I heard Donald Maass speak at a conference some years ago. He described how the simple scene of a man looking at his watch while waiting for a bus can go from bland to Bang in a matter of words. Since then I have often noticed the varying levels of tension, both in books I have enjoyed and in those I haven’t. Here I'll discuss the ten levels of tension, and what they mean to the writer.
Nearly every elementary school teacher will need to prep a lesson on fairy tales, specifically comparing fairy tale versions. Many wonderful options exist, and many we’ve used ourselves. One of my favorites has always been Little Red Riding Hood. Of course when it came time to write a fractured fairy tale of my own, I picked one of my favorite tales! Find a FREE comparative literature printable unit study based on Violet and the Woof and Little Red Riding Hood.
How do children learn creativity? Creativity requires courage, and courage requires risk. This lesson is especially vital for children of Apraxia of Speech and their families. Plus discover the inspiration behind the hit retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Violet and the Woof!
I created free printable goal planning pages that can easily be sized and printed to fit your Happy Planner. Everything from monthly planning to year-end-review, and even project planning for those multi-faceted projects.
I’ve created a set of Violet and the Woof stick puppets—complete with a puppet stage. Print (card stock is best for this), cut, paste onto craft sticks to retell the story of Violet’s adventure again and again. And be happy knowing you’re helping develop the love of literature and early reading skills.
A book trailer, a contest, and more! All for my newest release, picture book Violet and the Woof!
Carry the new release, Violet and the Woof, with you everywhere with these adorable free wallpapers! Made for iPhone, iPad, and desktop/laptop, you can smile every time you unlock your device.