Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How to Steal a Dog Movie Pics

The movie of How to Steal a Dog premieres in South Korea on December 18. 

Here are some photos from the movie:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Saying Goodbye

As part of Operation Purge (i.e., getting rid of stuff), I'm sending all of my old drafts and manuscripts off to the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota.

LOTS of stuff in my closet

Sorting, sorting, sorting


Packed and ready to go

I confess to feeling a wee bit sad because most of those manuscripts have Frances Foster's handwriting on them.

But now, hopefully, others can read and enjoy her amazing wit and wisdom.

And that's a good thing.

And now I have much more room in my closets, so maybe I should go shopping!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

I love kids who say things like this [true story]:

I  like writers who know what I like... and make their writing seem like it's written for me.  How do they know?  I mean, aren't most writers really old?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My Gift to Teachers

I've been on a purge-bender recently, getting rid of STUFF in my office.

Now I've decided to downsize my stash of my books.

What better way to do it than give some to a teacher or school librarian?


Are you a teacher or school librarian?

Want some of my books?

Thirteen books: 11 of them hardcover; 4 of them biographies; most appropriate for grades 3-6
 Here's how:

Just post your name, email address, and the name of your school in the comments section of this blog post (or email them to me at barbaraoconnor at mac dot com).

I'll draw a winner on Friday, November 21. 

And if you don't win, don't worry. I plan to have more drawings in the near future.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Way to Stay in Destiny

I've been dying to get my mitts on an ARC of Augusta Scattergood's latest middle grade novel: The Way to Stay in Destiny.

Well, I finally did....and boy, oh, boy.....what a colorful cast of characters pulled me into this one!

**A piano-playing, baseball loving boy

**A tap-dance hating, baseball loving girl

**A good-hearted former Rockette, now running the Rest Easy Rooming House and Dance Academy

**An angry Vietnam War veteran fighting a whole heap of demons

Set in the steamy heat of tiny Destiny, Florida ("The Town that Time Forgot"), Scattergood's latest is packed with heart, humor and Hank Aaron.

What's not to love? 

Coming from Scholastic January 2015

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

I love teachers who do things like this:

Fourth grade teacher, Saul Ruiz, at Carver Academy Elementary in
Amarillo, Texas, organized a wonderful project with his students after reading How to Steal a Dog.

"You have inspired us to take our eyes off ourselves and realize that someone else always has it worse than we do," Mr. Ruiz told me. 
"We are teaming up with a local homeless shelter for mothers and their children.  We are making 'After Dinner Bags' for the kids who show up to these shelters.  Just like Georgina, they sometimes just arrive with a plastic bag full of only a few of their belongings.  We are making bags full of snacks and activities for children to do after dinner…the most boring part of the night for kids at the shelter." 

How great is that?!

And I love that they are calling this wonderful activity Project Georgina in honor of the main character.

High five to Mr. Ruiz and his students!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

I love cool stuff for book nerds!

(The holidays will be here before you know it. Just sayin')

Like a library card phone cover:

And banned books socks:

And a Goodnight Moon onesie:


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Three Days of Children's Literature

Just got back from three days being immersed in my favorite thing: children's literature.

After speaking to education students at the University of Richmond, I headed to St. Christopher's School to speak to the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

(l to r) Librarian Lucinda Whitehurst, me, Librarian Laura Sabo

(l to r) 5th grade student (and reader/writer extraodinaire) Lois Sabo, me, Librarian Laura Sabo

In the library was a terrific display of some projects the students had done for The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. They were required to use specific materials to create a free-standing figure to represent a character. There had to be on moveable part that helped show the character traits or interests. Here are a few of them:

The next day I headed to The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg to speak at an amazing conference for teachers and reading specialists: The Joy of Children's Literature.

It was organized by the amazing Dr. Denise Johnson, Professor and Director of the Literacy Leadership Program. Denise and I met at a conference a number of years ago and quickly became friends who share the same passion for children's literature.

Denise Johnson (left) and me

Monday, October 13, 2014

Shout-Out to Oakview Middle School

All students at Oakview Middle School in Lake Orion, Michigan, read How to Steal a Dog.

Media specialist Alicia Pearce sent me these great photos of some of the activities and discussions surrounding the book.

Bulletin Board Display

Interview Questions

Ms. McGran's class

Students discussing the book

Thank you, Oakview!!!