Welcome to the May issue of our newsletter. If you'd like to have each issue delivered to your email address you can sign-up for a subscription.
On the web site I (Rebecca) have shifted to a new advertising service (Burst) for our bulk banner ads. Let me know if you have any comments such as noticing inappropriate or misleading ads. I am screening all the ads myself but I want to make sure none slip by. We understand banner ads can be a nuisance but they help to keep us "on the air" so we appreciate your tolerance. In contrast to bulk banner ads we have some sponsors who buy directly from us. They are marketing directly to teachers and we recommend you check them out. Current advertisers include: MariInc.com which has a great selection of literature teaching guides, Plough publishing which publishes "Sing Through the Day" a great songbook for young children full of many of the classics and Arlene Brown author of The Legend of Fairy Tale Trail, first in the Fairy Tale Trail Series.
There are also more and more cross links being added to the site to help you find what you're looking for.
Since the last newsletter I (Carol) have done a workshop for Literacy Corner (http://literacycorner.com/) in Albany, NY on April 4th. This was the first workshop through Literacy Corner and we are looking forward to more workshops with them in the near future.
I (still Carol) spent a hectic but interesting week at International Reading Association in Indianapolis. Thanks for all of you who dropped by either at my sessions or at the Teaching PreK-8 booth to tell me how much you enjoy and use the website.
The storytelling session for Sharron McElmeel and Jane Kurtz's Pre-Convention Institute went well, as did that entire day -- good speakers and good topics.
Our own symposium on the works of Phyllis Naylor was also a success. We were, I think, the only session at the conference that had kids on their panel. Add to the mix a parent, a teacher, a critic and the author herself and you're bound to be successful. We were.
On May 11th we worked with students, teachers and parents in Colrain, Massachusetts.
Next on the road is a trip to the Children's Literature Museum in Findlay, Ohio on June 19th for a talk on picture books and then on to Birmingham, Alabama for MaryAnn Manning's Conference on June 23rd and 24th.
After that the summer stretches out as a time for writing and relaxation before the workshop schedule picks up in the fall. All day workshops for the Literacy Corner are scheduled for Albany, Boston, and Syracuse. These are interspersed with a trip to Victoria, British Columbia on October 20th called Read 2000, Literacy Across the Spectrum and one to Kansas City to talk to forty school districts there on November 8 - 10.
That's it for now. See you on the road.Go to Next Section of Newsletter, Featured Book: Walk Two Moons.
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In Times Past
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