5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Lane Smith

Jory John and Lane smith are quite a pair! I am pretty confident that the kids in our homes, classrooms, and libraries are going to be BIG FANS of their new book Penguin Problems.

I got a chance to ask Lane Smith a handful of questions. It must be my lucky day!

5,4,3,2,1 Interview

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  1. Can you tell us a little bit about PENGUIN PROBLEMS?

 Let me see if I have this right. I’m supposed to answer in 5 sentences? I don’t know if I can explain the book in just five sentences. Okay, let me give it a shot. It’s about a penguin with problems. Oh, and it also has some great life lessons. And it’s really funny! And… oh dear. That’s too much isn’t it? I went over 5 sentences, didn’t I? Oh dear. Okay, I’ll stop now. Really. I’m so sorry for going over. I have so many problems.

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  1. What is best part about being a book illustrator?

 Staying. A. Kid. Forever.

  1. What’s the hardest part of being a book illustrator?

 There is nothing hard about being a book illustrator. It is the greatest job in the world. Except maybe being a teacher.

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  1. If you could spend one day living in the world of a book, which book would you pick?

 The History of Chocolate. Okay, I guess I should say, The History of Chocolate (and Broccoli).

  1. What advice do you have for the young creators in my classroom?

Always listen to your teacher.

#ClassroomBookADay : August 2016

This year my students are participating in #ClassroomBookADay. At the end of each day we read a picture book together. We read other texts during the day as well, and I’m going to include them in my end of the month #ClassroomBookADay round-ups. I’ll also share the books guest readers read to my students. Feel free to call me out on any holes in the texts I’m sharing with my squad. I’ve already noticed some holes myself. Yikes!

Hopefully sharing the texts I share with my students each month will help me hold myself accountable. My students deserve to be exposed to lots of different types of books. I know that I need to read more nonfiction aloud. I know that I need to introduce my students to more diverse authors. I’ll get there. I promise.

Below you will find the books read to my students the first seven days of the school year.

 

Reading Without Walls Blog Tour

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I think that Gene Yang”Reading Without Walls” platform as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is extremely important. Gene Yang’s Secret Coders series is wildly popular in my classroom and my home. Each time I get a new book in the series, my 9 year old son disappears into his room, only to reappear after he has read the new book at least twice. If you haven’t seen these books, you are really missing out.

I love pushing my readers to step outside of their comfort zone, and try books that are a little different from what they normally read. Gene Yang’s Reading Without Walls Challenge has been a great tool in helping me push my students.

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Below you will find 6 great 2016 STEM books that I think can help readers discover and fall in love with science, technology, engineering, and math.

 

READING WITHOUT WALLS BLOG TOUR 
September 1Jess at Reading Nook Reviews
September 2: Samantha at Forest of Words and Pages
September 5: Jennifer at YA Book Nerd
September 6: Maria at Maria’s Mélange
September 7: Gigi at Late Bloomer’s Book Blog
September 8: Jen at Starry Eyed Revue
September 9: Cheyenne at The Hollow Cupboards
September 12: Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings
September 13: April at Good Books and Good Wine
September 14: Cindy at Charting by the Stars
September 15: Erica at The Book Cellar
September 16: Sandie at Teen Lit Rocks
September 19: Asheley at Into the Hall of Books
September 20: Daphne at Gone Pecan
September 21: Mary Ann at Great Kids Books
September 22: Kathy at The Brain Lair
September 23: Michelle & Leslie at Undeniably (Book) Nerdy
September 26: Laurie at Reader Girls
September 27: Margie at Librarian’s Quest
September 28: Victoria at Art, Books, & Coffee
September 29: Cee at The Novel Hermit
September 30: Amanda at Forever Young Adult

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Aaron Zenz

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Aaron Zenz is as nice as anyone I have ever met. He cares deeply about kids and reading, AND he is a super talented author/illustrator. I’m thankful that Aaron throws himself into Nerd Camp each year. He comes the entire time, and doesn’t stop learning and sharing until camp is over.

Aaron was kind enough to answer my interview questions about his new book Monsters Go Night-Night. Before we get to the interview check out this awesome drawing my daughter drew, and Aaron’s version of her monster.

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AJ’s Monster

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Aaron’s version of AJ’s monster

5,4,3,2,1 Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about Monsters Go Night-Night?

The book is a fun guessing game, turned on its head. For each bedtime ritual (taking a bath, brushing teeth…), we try to pick which of the four items on the page the monster will use. Of course, the correct answer will be the wrong-est one. And while the answers might be obvious, it’s fun shouting out the nonsense words. And it’s even more fun turning the page to see the monster actually using the ridiculous things!

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2. What is best part about being a book creator?

Crafting worlds! Bringing characters to life! Knowing that before I came on the scene, these personalities and places didn’t exist, but now they do.

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3. What’s the hardest part of being a book creator?

All the things that don’t have to do with book creation, like paying rent and feeding hungry mouths.

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4. If you could spend one day living in the world of a book, which book would you pick?

I think I could be pretty happy exploring Perelandra. I’d have a blast hopping floating islands, eating exotic fruits, and checking out all the fantastic creatures.

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5. What advice do you have for the young creators in my classroom?

Create all kinds of things. Make drawings and photographs and stories and sculptures and games and jokes and music and plays and characters and maps and codes and snowforts and experiments and comics and puppets and machines. Don’t be afraid to make messes. Don’t forget to clean them up when you’re done (so you have room to make the next one).