your students on an online author scavenger hunt. Use the author
sites on this page to answer these questions.
1. Find a
photograph of Judy Blume's cabin.
2. What author
is a pilot?
3. Who is
Henry in the book Henry Hikes to Fitchburg?
4. What author
trains dogs and has written essays about them?
5. Who wrote
6. When did
R.L. Stine begin writing stories?
7. Who wrote
for Seventeen magazine during her high school years?
8. How did
Jean Craighead George get the idea for Julie of the Wolves?
9. Where did
Avi get his name?
10. Who tells
up Avi listened to radio adventures that greatly influenced his
writing. In the All About My Books section, he tells interesting
tidbits about the stories he has written. Ask questions and discuss
topics related to Avi and his books through the online bulletin
board. It can be quite fun, especially when you want to know
Avi's real name.
Did you know
that Judy was scared of dogs, the dark and thunderstorms just
like Sheila Tubman in Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great? Or
that Judy's daughter took the family cat to college? These and
other fascinating facts are part of the Kids area called Did
you Know. Have your students sign the guestbook and read the
comments others have written. All of Judy's books are listed
with a brief quote. Judy also supplies funny yet candid remarks
Enter the world
of Jan Brett and you won't want to leave. Not only does she share
her beautiful artwork for printing, but complete background information
about her books like Armadillo Rodeo and Comet's Nine Lives.
Listen to her monthly hedgigram designed as a response to the
email letters she receives from students. Watch a delightful
streaming video of Jan as she demonstrates how to draw a hedgehog.
Still haven't found enough to engage your students? Then, print
out the colorful masks from her books like The Mitten or The
Hat and have your students act out the stories or browse through
the lessons in Piggybacks for Teachers. Jan Brett is truly a
teacher's dream come true.
own cartoon timeline of her life. View photographs of her early
years. Under the books section on the page you can click on any
title and read the plot along with commentary written by Betsy
Byars called Betsy Says. Writing tips and a guestbook are also
Although tragedy struck Lois Duncan's family in 1989 when her daughter Kaitlyn
was brutally murdered, she has continued to write. Anyone who has heard her
speak at conferences has learned about the parallels between the book she had
just completed and her daughter's murder. Duncan kept a journal that became
the book, Who Killed My Daughter, as the family attempted to solve the murder.
Because it had no ending, her agent didn't think it could be published. When
it was printed, many students thought it was fiction even without an ending.
Now, there is a Website, Who Killed Kait Arquette, devoted to solving this
real life mystery.
message on this page is from the author and her Alaskan Malamute,
Qimmiq, via a QuickTime movie clip. In another movie segment
George describes how she approaches her writing in the morning.
You can listen to a couple of audio clips taken from One Day
in the Woods, a release by Harper Children's Audio and based
on George's book of the same title. For students she gives hints
on how to work through the writing process. Her entire book list
is linked to Amazon.com for easy ordering.
Did you know
Virginia Hamilton collects frogs? Visit her Web site and contribute
a frog joke or listen to hers. Hamilton's personality certainly
shines through as she tells her own story and describes a picture
taken of her at age five. You can also find the latest about
her books and upcoming publications. Be sure to e-mail her at
Henry and his journey to Fitchburg. Play a matching game and
discover the wildlife illustrated in the book. This is the first
children's book D.B Johnson has written, but you would not know
it. His illustrations are fabulous with so much depth. In fact,
you will want to studey each one carefully so as not to miss
any details. Hike over to this Website and enjoy the walk.
At The (sort
of) Official Daniel Pinkwater Web, tongue-in-cheek humor rules.
Outrageously funny, Daniel Pinkwater responds to forum mail,
a good place to follow all kinds of dialogue. There are RealAudio
excerpts from Dog essays, sound clips for your Macintosh or Windows
computer, and a list of Pinkwater's books.
to life as you roll your mouse across the foreboding tombstones.
It is a clever navigation trick for Stine's Website. His immensely
popular scary stories serve as the backdrop for some great activities
at the Goosebumps fun house. You'll never look at your hand in
the same way after you engage in palm reading. Kids will love
whipping up a batch of slimy stretchy stuff to squeeze and bounce.
A brief biography about the author and a comprehensive list of
his books round out the page.