Category Archives: Literacy and Education

What if life skills weren’t electives?

I walked around my brick foundation today, poking my fingers through the gaps in the mortar. My heart weighed heavy in my chest, my stomach twisting and threatening to squeeze the tamales I had for lunch back up my throat. … Continue reading

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A day at the American Writers Museum

Writers and readers alike, rejoice! Chicago is home to a new museum tailored just for us. The husband and I spent Thursday afternoon absorbing the halls and galleries of the American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave. An elevator ride … Continue reading

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A to Z: Out loud is one of the best ways to read

Throughout April, I’m tackling 26 A to Z topics related to children’s literature. We’re more than halfway through the alphabet. Today is all about O and reading out loud. How do you typically spend 15 minutes? Maybe you spend two … Continue reading

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A to Z: Childhood literacy – can your child read this headline?

Throughout April, I’m tackling 26 A to Z topics related to children’s literature. In honor of the letter L, literacy is the subject of the day. Below, you’ll find excerpts of an article about childhood literacy I wrote in April … Continue reading

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Illinois teachers, here’s an essay contest for your students

As a change of pace, instead of asking elementary school students to read, I’m asking them to write. I’m excited to announce the inaugural Sarah & Katy essay contests. Two contests are open to third- and fourth-grade students in Illinois: … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the power of children’s literature

Children’s writers have a beautiful responsibility. After all, children’s literature is the first reading material most people encounter in their lifetimes. Books written by children’s authors are the doorway to a lifetime of reading. I’ve mentioned in the past that … Continue reading

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Everyone deserves an education

Education matters. Those two words seem like common sense, but the sad truth is many children around the world (including a share in our country) lack the resources to complete 12 full years of schooling. My husband and I sponsor … Continue reading

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