It's almost time for the Caldecott. Read about it at the grog blog!
I'm over at the Pens & Brushes blog, if you'd like to see some ideas for "writerly" inspiration for this new year. Happy 2016!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I've been so busy teaching 1st grade, that my writing has been squeezed to Saturdays. What a difference--going from a full-time writer to a Saturday writer. I miss my FT writing life!
My good friend, Laura Sassi's new picture book is out and is a fun read for the Christmas season.
Here's my book review I just posted at Good Reads:
In Goodnight, Manger, Laura Sassi wrote a sweet, rhythmic, creative story of a possible scenario of Jesus’ birth. Mary gets baby Jesus ready for bedtime, but distractions and noises from animals and songs from the angels keep the baby awake. Then the three kings arrive, adding to the noisy night. Mary has everyone sing a soothing song to get baby Jesus asleep. I used this book with my 1st graders for our science unit on sound during the Christmas season. They really enjoyed it, and their favorite part was everyone singing. I also liked Jane Chapman’s colorful spreads and patterns on clothing and blankets. A fun read for the Christmas season!
God bless you and your family during this holiday season!
Happy Fall! This is a busy week for me. I'm at my Pens & Brushes critique group blog trying to persuade you to join PiBoIdMo 2015, and I'm at the Grog blog interviewing children's science writer, Mary Kay Carson. If you have time, please join me.
I'm so sorry I've ignored this blog for a month. Yikes! But as you know, I'm back to school in 1st grade. But I'm making up for it this month with 3 posts for the Grog blog, and I have something to post here later. Meanwhile, today I'm at the Grog discussing how to write a lesson plan for your book. Hope to join you there!
My post on Gelatin Minds is at my critique group's blog, Pens and Brushes, if you have time.
It's back to school time, which means time for educational writing, too. I'm interviewing my wonderful friend, Ev Christensen at the grog blog.
My summer is over, and I'm back to school, this time as a first grade teacher at Uijongbu International Christian School in South Korea. My children and I just finished our first day, a successful-after-being-nervous-hardly-any-sleep night! Below is my classroom reveal with an apple theme of red and lime green colors. Definitely teaching and decorating a classroom overseas presents its challenges. I'm missing my old teacher stores from the states! But thank God for Teachers Pay Teachers and Pinterest! As a writer, I'm loving being surrounded by more picture books! I recently caught up on some reading such as Locomotive by Brian Floca, Back to School Splat by Rob Scotton, and hot off the press--Dr. Seuss' newest book, What Pet Should I Get? If you have some favorites I need to read, let me know in the comments!
If you'd like to know a trick of what to do when you're stuck in writing, head on over to my critique group's blog, Pens and Brushes, where I have a great suggestion. Happy Summer Writing!
How is your summer going? Are you getting much writing done? I'm at the Grog blog discussing this very thing--thinking like a writer in summer! Join me if you can!
Tina M. Cho, children's author
I'm a children's author and freelance writer for the educational market. Welcome!