What a surprise when I found a box outside my door. I didn’t expect to find 12 copies of my debut picture book biography, since it isn’t released until Sept 1, 2021. It’s so different to hold, read and see the final product than just all the draft and preliminary illustrations along this two-year process! The illustrator, Sofia Moore, did such a fabulous job. It’s SO true that the illustrations tell at least half of the story of a picture book. Thank you Kar-Ben, especially my editor, Joni Sussman.
Ted Talks summer 2021 book list is here! Check out these fresh titles on everything from the science of sleeping together to the history of caffeine — and so much more!
I was so surprised to find 12 reviews already on Goodreads of my book, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57620557-hannah-g-solomon-dared-to-make-a-difference I discovered that the publisher had sent out digital copies to lots of reviewers. It’s gratifying that the reviews are positive. Goodreads has a summer reading section you may want to check out. Thank you Goodreads!
As a reading tutor for second graders for several years, I’ve learned that you need a lot of approaches to hook the reluctant reader. A few of my tried and true “tricks” included having them make up a story that I write down, they illustrate, and then read back to me; getting two or three kids together and we all take turns reading a 1/2 page or so; and asking the child to tell me the story from the illustrations and then pick out the hard words for which we then made flash cards.
I was so happy to discover a blog post from award-winning, former teacher Laura Candler where she shares 12 ways to motivate reluctant readers. Check it out here.