Make fantastic pop-up books with your students using Dan Santat's Beekle for inspiration. Robert Sabuda is well known for his amazing pop-up books.  I wanted to use his pop-up techniques to show my students how paper may be manipulated.  But what should the book be about? Everyone who loves picture books knows Beekle, from Dan Santat.  Beekle is about an imaginary friend

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Teaching students to make inferences is a core component of thinking critically.  Using visual writing prompts encourages students to think divergently, and when given time to look and think about the image, students partake in debate about the meaning of the work.  This goes way beyond, "What do you see?"  It asks students to justify their thoughts and develop a

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Want to know what happens after you submit your picture book to a publisher? Last week I attended The A to Z of Picture Books, presented by author Kat Yeh and Rotem Moscovich, Editor at Disney-Hyperion.  The presentation was true to the event description: "explore how a picture book gets made—from initial conception to submission, from finding an editor and

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"Kids can't think anymore," is something I hear quite often in teaching.  Between Common Core, governmental control over curriculum minutia, and parents who micro-manage, over-schedule and simply do too much for their kids, there is no time for children to actually make decisions and think for themselves. Teachers can get kids to think critically by reflecting on how they teach:

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Use this Story Starter Illustration as Your Next Writing Prompt. Looking for something to write about? Use my illustration, Vegetable Medley, to inspire your next story!   Use the following written story starters and incorporate one or more into your next amazing tale: As the sun went down, he held on to the one thing he loved the most. With every note, life grew out

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