Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Adventures in Nonfiction - February 16th

Back in November we heard about exciting things happening in nonfiction picture books from resident Red Clover nominee Lead Schubert (read notes on what she said here). Now we're moving up to slightly older (middle grade) readers with:

Adventures in Nonfiction 
Saturday, February 16th, 11:00 am at Bear Pond Books

Join authors Tanya Lee Stone and Rebecca Rupp (bios below), who will show how they use multiple sources, from first person accounts to pictures to personal observation, as they craft their stories for young readers.  Discussion will include how activities built around creative nonfiction books can support skills from the Common Core, like critical thinking, analysis of source material, and reading comprehension in history, social studies and current events.  

Even though this talk has some educator-specific information, we promise it will be fun for anyone interested in how middle grade readers learn through books!

There will be plenty of time for conversation, refreshments (surely there will be Valentine's Day treats available), and browsing the shelves at 20% off your purchases.

This event is part of a series of Saturday morning talks in the Children's Loft at Bear Pond that bring together local authors and local educators to explore books in the classroom. We began in January with picture book author David Martin (see notes here) and will continue on March 16th with authors Natalie Kinsey-Warnock and Jenny Land for Exploring Family and Place.

Want to receive updates about events like these and new resources for educators? E-mail jane@bearpondbooks.com with "Add to List" in the subject line.

Author Bios:

Tanya Lee Stone is a former editor and the Robert F. Sibert Award–winning author of Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream. Her newest book, Courage Has No Color, was seven years in the making, as she did extensive original research and tracked down archival photos. Courage Has No Color is already receiving wonderful buzz, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus calls it, “an exceptionally well-researched, lovingly crafted and important tribute to unsung American heroes.” Tanya lives in the Burlington area.

Rebecca Rupp has a Ph.D. in cell biology and biochemistry, and likes chemistry sets, giraffes, fireworks and fountain pens. She has written nearly two dozen books - fiction and non-fiction - for both children and adults, has been an educational consultant for the America Library Association’s Book Links and the Vermont Center for the Book, and is the author of “Good Stuff,” the educational resources column in Home Education Magazine. She is a homeschooling advocate and publishes a blog of resources for homeschoolers and educators called Rebecca Rupp Resources. Rebecca lives in Swanton, VT.

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