I wrote a book. And I’m excited about it. That may seem like an obvious thing – anyone would be pretty stoked to have a book published, right? Well, yes and no. When you work for a publisher, most of the mystery is taken out of the process. I know I got the gig because I work here, and not because someone “discovered” me in the slush pile. I’ve written other books for my company, too, for various reasons. (I wrote a book about Siberian Huskies because I have two of them. I also wrote one called Needs and Wants, dedicated to my husband, which is another story.)
But this one is near and dear to my heart. I’m a horror fan, and my new book is all about monsters. The best part for you, though? It’s oozing Common Core.
It’s part of a series of books called Language on the Loose. We delved into the standards and created some picture books that are silly, wry stories first and clever teaching devices second. Fantastic art adds to the fun.
All monsters need a good walk. At least that's what Frankie's mom says. But why "walk" when you can LURCH or MARCH? CLOMP or STOMP? With so many kinds of walks, which will Frankie choose? Learn about shades of word meanings with all your favorite ghosts and goblins.
A teaser page from inside:
Introduce the four basic types of sentences -- declarative, exclamatory, imperative, and interrogative -- through a story about a family picnic that's anything but ordinary. Hop into this book to hear the story, and meet four special members of the Sentence family along the way.
Mark doesn't say much and never uses punctuation. He just doesn't see the need. Will he ever ask a question? Shout? Or pause? His new teacher, Mrs. Weatherspoon, knows! Introduce five of the most common types of punctuation -- apostrophe, comma, exclamation point, period, and question mark – in this adorable story.
WHO is the beaver? WHAT is that horse building? WHERE will they go next? Introduce the question words How, What, When, Where, Who, and Why with your new friends beaver and horse, as they go on a flying-car adventure.
A teaser page for this one, too:
In the back of each book is a page of more information on each of the subjects to drive home the concepts.
Gillia Olson, Assistant Editorial Director