Drawing Information-Lovers into Fiction and Vice Versa

Today I have the privilege of speaking to educators at the The Write to Learn Conference in Osage Beach, Missouri. Below are the digital handouts for attendees of my second session, “Drawing Information-Lovers into Fiction and Vice Versa.” Handouts for Pam...
Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Once every year, the school bell releases an eager torrent of kids into our arms for months of summer fun. They leave behind the homework hassles and school tensions. As we spend more relaxed time with them, they float comfortably back into our sphere of influence. So...
Learning a new language = insight into encouraging kids to read

Learning a new language = insight into encouraging kids to read

I often joke that I like to learn foreign languages because it feels so good when I stop. It’s not a process that comes easily to me; whatever side of the brain it requires isn’t my strongest. But I recently came across a website that offers tips on learning a...
Celebrating good news on literacy

Celebrating good news on literacy

News worth celebrating: In 1800, almost nine of 10 people in the world were illiterate. Today, 90% of people can read. “Within a decade and a half, all girls and boys can complete primary and secondary education for free.” (a U.N. Sustainable Development...
Authorfest 2016

Authorfest 2016

  I’m looking forward to speaking to 325 teacher candidates on Monday, Nov. 21 at Authorfest 2016 (a University of British Columbia Education Library and Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable event). I’m privileged to share the stage with...