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tradition of the past two years, we are wrapping up the spring
semester with a Spellbinders Lunch, except in this case it happened to
be a dinner with our other IRA author panelists. We all gathered at Mity
Nice in the Water Tower on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago the
night before our all day panel.
From left to
right: Caroline Starr Rose, Kimberley Griffiths Little, Esther
Hershenhorn, Carolee Dean, and Lisa Schroeder, Uma Krishnaswami, April
Halprin Wayland, and Carolyn Meyer. Kersten Hamilton couldn't join us
but showed up Sunday morning in a cowboy hat and boots. The author panel was a great success. Here are some of the comments we received on the evaluations:
"Very interesting presentations with practical, motivating ways to teach writing and content areas."
"The lecture came full circle as ideas for developing stories were shown put into practice by published authors."
my first IRA and I could not be happier with my first institute. I was
actively engaged all day and I literally drank up every word. Thank
If you missed our author panel, you can still find some of the highlights online.
From Carolee's poetry
panel there is an entire power point taking examples of literary and
poetic devices from her novel TAKE ME THERE and putting them into a fun
format for middle and high school students. Look in the TEACHER
RESOURCES section of Carolee Dean Books.
issue we will be going on a newsletter haitus for the summer so we may
work on our book projects. That gives you three months to catch up on
past issues of Spellbinders you may not have had time to read during the
busy school year.
Dean has made numerous appearances as a guest poet/author at schools,
libraries, poetry events, and teacher/library conferences. She holds a
bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in
communicative disorders, and she has spent over a decade working in the
public schools as a speech-language pathologist.
Her first novel, Comfort,was
nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults, was named the Best YA Novel
of 2002 by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was on the TAYSHAS (Texas
Library Association) reading list. Take Me There is a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Her upcoming paranormal verse novel, Forget Me Not, will be published by Simon Pulse in October of 2012.
She conducts teacher trainings on
inspiring reluctant writers including "The Secret Language of Stories"
and "Random Act of Haiku."
Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New
Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other.
She's taught English and social studies to upper elementary and
middle-school students in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana.
Back in New Mexico, Caroline now writes middle-grade novels and picture books full time.
To find teacher's guides, writing activities, and information about author visits, go to my website.
Griffiths Little is the recipient of the Southwest Book Award, The
Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel of 2010, and the author of the highly
acclaimed, The Healing Spell and Circle of Secrets, published by
Scholastic Press. Look for her books at the Scholastic Book Fairs, as
well as two more forthcoming novels in 2012 and 2013.
lives on a dirt road in a small town by the Rio Grande with her
husband, a robotics engineer and their three sons. Kimberley is a
favorite speaker at schools around the country, presenting "The Creative
Diary", a highly successful writing workshop and has been a speaker at many conferences.