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Author – Dede Rittman

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Dede is a 37 year veteran English/ Theater teacher from Pittsburgh, PA, teaching 35 years in the North Allegheny School District, where she also was Varsity Head Boys’ Golf Coach for 33 years, directed the spring musical and talent shows, worked with student council, and contributed to many district initiatives. Dede served on the board of the North Allegheny Foundation, WPIAL Golf Committee, the Women’s Golf Association of Western PA, the West Penn Golf Association, and many other groups.  She was a PA TOY semi-finalist in 2011, the year she had to retire when her husband, Scott, was dying from stage four colon cancer. Dede’s award-winning book STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER was published in September, 2014. The book is required reading in several universities, and Dede enjoys speaking engagements around the country, focusing on education, best practices, teacher burnout, and motivation.  Dede’s new children’s’ book GRADY GETS GLASSES is for kids 2-8.  Written in verse with beautiful illustrations by Lauren Givens Wood, Grady is a rabbit who explains both near and farsighted, as well as wearing and care of glasses.

Grady Gets Glasses
Grades: K-2ndLength: 30 MinCategory: LiteracyTimes: March 12, 2018 10:10 am ESTMarch 12, 2018 1:10 pm EST

Grady is a rabbit- with glasses! Grady thinks that wearing glasses makes a person (or a rabbit) extra-special, and he explains how much his glasses help him to see everything better- from tiny flowers to the sky! This program will also emphasize how much glasses help a person to see better- to read better! Kids love the rabbit and the rhymes, which makes them love reading! (grades K, 1, 2)

Download the preplanning worksheet here! Grady worksheets FTZ

Mar 12, 2018 at 10:10 am EST
Mar 12, 2018 at 1:10 pm EST

Author – Kenn Nesbitt

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Kenn Nesbitt is the author of many books for kids, including Kiss, Kiss Good Night, My Hippo Has the Hiccups, Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, and many others. In 2013 he was named Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. His poems have appeared in numerous bestselling anthologies, including every book in the popular Kids Pick the Funniest Poems series, and anthologies with nearly two million copies in print. His work has been published in hundreds of school textbooks around the world, as well as national television programs, and numerous children’s magazines. His website, poetry4kids.com, is the most visited children’s poetry website on the Internet.
Kenn travels the country and abroad, visiting more than 60 schools each year, sharing his wacky brand of poetry with kids around the world, and helping to create a new generation of poetry lovers. He has also been providing online school assemblies and workshops for over ten years.

Poetry with Kenn
Grades: K-5thLength: 45 MinCategories: ELA, LiteracyTimes: March 22, 2018 11:10 am ESTMarch 22, 2018 1:10 pm EST

Kenn Nesbitt, Children’s Poet Laureate (2013-15), will perform his hilarious poetry and picture books and answer questions from students and teachers. This upbeat, funny program encourages students to have fun reading books and writing their own poems.

Mar 22, 2018 at 11:10 am EST
Mar 22, 2018 at 1:10 pm EST

Author – Valerie Marsh

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Author Valerie Marsh
valeriemarsh@juno.com
4314 Hope Plantation Drive
Johns Island, SC 29455
317 441 0158

Valerie Marsh is the author of 13 storytelling books, a writing teacher, and storyteller. She uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including:”Paper-Cutting” (fold and cut), “Mystery-Fold” (draw and fold), “Story Puzzles” (creating tangram figures), Sign Language, Food Puppets, Heroes & Heroines. Workshops and/or performances for students, teachers. Her stories are easy, involve audience participation and are fun for everyone!

Storytelling/Writing Empowering Children to Write and Tell Stories
Grades: K-3rdLength: 45 MinCategories: ELA, WritingTime: March 21, 2018 10:10 am EST

Are your students ‘reluctant writers’? Involve your students in telling and writing stories with these hands-on methods. Valerie will cover the basic parameters of a story and how to get started writing a story. Then, Valerie will tell a paper-cutting story and show your students how to create their own. Students can also share their ideas with other classes via the document camera. Valerie will teach a draw and tell story, sign language story, story told using puppets made out of food, or story told with tangrams. Students will interact with this story as well. Valerie will choose stories pertinent to your grade level, themes you are covering in your classroom and academic standards or school improvement goals that you are focusing on. Valerie will send you an informational packet before the program. Your students will be able to tell and write a story using these fun, easy methods. Valerie will give suggestions to the teachers on how to continue these reading/writing activities in the classroom and turn them into finished products for individual portfolios, young author books, or classroom books. Valerie’s books include True Tales of Heroes and Heroines, Paper-Cutting Stories A to Z, A Treasury of Trickster Tales, Paper-Cutting Stories for Holidays, Stories That Stick, Puppet Tales, Storyteller’s Sampler “Paper-Cutting Stores A to Z”.

Mar 21, 2018 at 10:10 am EST
Storytelling/Writing Empowering Children to Write and Tell Stories
Grades: 3rd-6thLength: 45 MinCategories: ELA, WritingTime: March 21, 2018 1:10 pm EST

Are your students ‘reluctant writers’? Involve your students in telling and writing stories with these hands-on methods. Valerie will cover the basic parameters of a story and how to get started writing a story. Then, Valerie will tell a paper-cutting story and show your students how to create their own. Students can also share their ideas with other classes via the document camera. Valerie will teach a draw and tell story, sign language story, story told using puppets made out of food, or story told with tangrams. Students will interact with this story as well. Valerie will choose stories pertinent to your grade level, themes you are covering in your classroom and academic standards or school improvement goals that you are focusing on. Valerie will send you an informational packet before the program. Your students will be able to tell and write a story using these fun, easy methods. Valerie will give suggestions to the teachers on how to continue these reading/writing activities in the classroom and turn them into finished products for individual portfolios, young author books, or classroom books. Valerie’s books include True Tales of Heroes and Heroines, Paper-Cutting Stories A to Z, A Treasury of Trickster Tales, Paper-Cutting Stories for Holidays, Stories That Stick, Puppet Tales, Storyteller’s Sampler “Paper-Cutting Stores A to Z”.

Mar 21, 2018 at 1:10 pm EST

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, The

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Courtney Waring
Director of Education
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Email: courtneyw@carlemuseum.org
Phone: (413) 559-6307

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, Massachusetts, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.

Hungry for Reading!
Grades: K-3rdLength: 30 MinCategory: LiteracyTimes: March 5, 2018 10:10 am ESTMarch 5, 2018 1:10 pm EST

Learn about The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, and how they celebrate reading through their exhibitions and programs. Meet popular children’s book author and illustrator Jeff Mack, who will join us live to share his books and answer questions about how he makes his books!

Download Pre and Post Materials here:

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Mar 5, 2018 at 10:10 am EST
Mar 5, 2018 at 1:10 pm EST

Hemingway Home

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907 Whitehead St.
Key West, FL 33040
(305) 294-1136
www.hemingwayhome.com

Located at 907 Whitehead Street and nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West, this unique property was home to one of America's most honored and respected authors.

Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here for more than ten years. Calling Key West home, he found solace and great physical challenge in the turquoise waters that surround this tiny island.

Step back in time and visit the rooms and gardens that witnessed the most prolific period of this Nobel Prize winner's writing career.

The Old Man and The Sea
Grades: 8-12thLength: 45 MinCategories: History, LiteracyTime: March 28, 2018 1:10 pm EST

This was Hemingway’s last novel published during his lifetime (1952). The Old Man and the Sea is the story of an epic struggle between Santiago—an aged, seasoned fisherman—and a huge marlin, the greatest catch of his life. For 84 days, Santiago has set out to sea and returned empty-handed. When he finally catches the largest marlin ever caught, he loses it to attacking sharks. Discussion: Identifying goals and desires, and the effects of losing opportunities.

Mar 28, 2018 at 1:10 pm EST
The Sun Also Rises
Grades: 8-12thLength: 45 MinCategories: History, LiteracyTime: March 28, 2018 10:10 am EST

This was Hemingway’s first novel, written in 1925 during his time in Paris. The Sun Also Rises vividly portrays the lives of the members of the “Lost Generation”: the group of primarily expat men and women whose early adulthood was consumed by World War I. The war deeply affected this generation’s standards for death and morality, and shattered many beliefs in traditional values of love, faith, and patriotism. Without these long-held notions to rely on, members of the Lost Generation suffered great moral and psychological aimlessness. Discussion: How a common event can affect diverse groups with long-lasting outcomes.

Mar 28, 2018 at 10:10 am EST

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