Five on Friday
1) Mother’s Day is approaching. The only gift I need that day is to spend it with my family. However, children are usually in search of the perfect item to give. One way to help kids understand it doesn’t take something grand to satisfy their mom is by sharing a story. Enter A Gift for Mama, a new book written by Linda Ravin Lodding and illustrated by Allison Jay.
A Gift for Mama is one of my daughter’s favorite titles. The illustrations are exquisite and unique. They draw you into the world of the story, which is set in the Vienna in the late 1800′s, and make you want to stay.
2) Tracy Mercier’s “The Hot Seat” is an article about an an idea she adapted from Jeffrey Wilhelm. In essence, one student plays the role of a character from a book or a time period the class is studying. The rest of the students ask the person in the hot seat questions, which encourages them to think critically about whatever they’re learning. It’s an interactive way to deepen content area learning and a way to engage students with characters from read aloud books. Click here to learn more about it.
3) I’m a left-brained person who is constantly trying to make the right side of my brain work a bit harder. Recently, my husband caught me mapping out the manuscript I’m revising in Grids & Guides: A Notebook for Visual Thinkers. “Are you drawing?” he asked (perplexed). Kinda. I told him I was pushing myself to story board the climax of my picture book manuscript as a way to help me think it through in another way. I’m finding Grids & Guides is an effective way to push me as a writer since it helps me envision my writing away from the computer screen.
This giveaway is for a copy of A Gift for Mama. Many thanks to Random House Kids for sponsoring this giveaway. For a chance to win this copy of A Gift for Mama please leave a comment about this post by Sunday, May 11th at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The following day I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner whose name I will announce at the bottom of this post by Monday, May 12th. Please be sure to leave a valid e-mail address when you post your comment, so I can contact you to obtain your mailing address if you win. From there, my contact at Random House Kids will ship the book out to you. (NOTE: Your e-mail address will not be published online if you leave it in the e-mail field.)
Comments are now closed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment. Jen B.’s commenter number was selected so she’ll win a copy of A Gift for Mama. Here’s what she said:
It sounds so sweet! I would love to have a copy of this one!! And I LOVE the Five on Friday idea — might have to try that out!