AASL: Revving Up to Write Bibliography


The AASL conference was a fun blur of activity. I saw some dear old friends and met lots of new people, too. Thank you to everyone who attended my signings and concurrent session. Thanks especially to media specialist Debra Heimbrook, who presented along with me.

Debbie shared some books at the end of our session that she recommends for teaching and talking about writing. Since we didn’t get to include those in our online handout, I’m listing them here:

Brown, Marc. Arthur Writes a Story. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1996.

Allen, Susan and Jane Lindaman.  Written Anything Good Lately?  Minneapolis, MN:  Millbrook Press, 2006.

Rylant, Cynthia.  In November.  New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2000.

Wong, Janet.  You Have to Write.  New York:  Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2002.

Clements, Andrew.  Frindle.  New York:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1996.

Bruel, Nick. Who Is Melvin Bubble? New Milford, CT: Roaring Brook Press, 2006.

Anything in the Dear America series for writing letters, diaries, journals

Pictures from AASL to follow.

Two Book Signings Friday, November 6 at AASL Conference


So I now have two signings on Friday. The first is from 9-10a.m. at the Boyds Mills Press booth at the exhibit hall. The second is from 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. at table 9, the Author Pit Stop. Please come say hi, and don’t forget to sign up for my concurrent session on Saturday at 10:15 a.m.

Revving Up for the AASL Conference: November 5-8, 2009 in Charlotte, NC


The national conference for the American Association of School Librarians will be held here in Charlotte, NC next month. I will be signing books at the Author Pit Stop on Friday, November 6 from 12:45-2:15 p.m. on the exhibit floor.

I will also be presenting, along with librarian Debra Heimbrook, a concurrent session from 10:15-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 7 in room 213D.

Our session is entitled Revving Up to Write: How One Author Fuels Writing by Reading, Plus: How an Author Visit Can Rev Up Writing at Your School.

Revving Up to Write emphasizes ways of collaborating with teachers to create writing assignments. I will also give suggestions for leading students in pre-writing exercises driven by reading. The program is also designed to encourage students to think creatively about using various library resources. Ms. Heimbrook will speak about using the library as a fueling station for writing, for those laps around the track as well as trips outside the raceway.

Come join us for an interactive session, including writing exercises designed to get you going.

Stay tuned for more details. I will also be signing books at the Boyds Mills Press booth at some point.