Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Children’s Author Sally O. Lee

SALLY  O  Lee Today, I’m hosting Day 3 of a 5-day virtual tour (sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center) for Sally O. Lee’s new book, Pop! Pop! Bam! Bam!

Sally offers some tips that teachers can use to create a discussion after a classroom read-aloud.

Sally’s Tips for Teachers

I think my books are very good as teaching tools but not in a preachy way. Pop! Pop! Bam! Bam! helps start a discussion about how to deal with disabilities, how to accept people for who they are, how to accept ourselves, how to deal with bullying, how to deal with school shootings.

The truth is we all have to find our way in the world. Here are some discussion questions about that:

How do you do you find your way in the world?
How do you live an independent life?
How do you deal with people who can’t accept you?
How do you accept yourself?
How do you move on if a situation is unacceptable?
How do you find people who and accept you for who you are?
How do you deal with the loneliness that is inevitable for all of us from time to time?
How do you become your own best friend?
How do you report abuse?
How do you trust?
Who do you trust?

There are a million questions that are worth asking, these are just a beginning.

Sally LeeAbout Sally O. Lee

Award-winning author, Sally O. Lee earned her BA in Studio Art and Art History (with distinction) from Colby College and then went on to study graphic design and painting in Boston (Art Institute of Boston) and in New York City (New York Studio School). She has had several shows of her work and received an art grant from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology to conceive and create a series of paintings, and from this came her 2002 exhibition- A Journey Into Abstraction. Some of Ms. Lee’s paintings are in various private collections in the US.

In recent years, Ms. Lee has begun to write and illustrate children’s books. Some of them deal with the struggles of living with some form of handicap…or, as the author prefers to call it, imperfection. Many of her illustrations have been published and she has earned both academic and public recognition for her important work in children’s books. She has had illustrations published in Worldlink Magazine, IEEE Magazine, and several other publications. Sally has illustrated and written 29 books for children.

About the Book

School shootings are a topic no one wants to talk about, especially with young children. Yet, they do occur, so many young children are fearful. This is the story of an angry man who goes in to a school with a gun and hurts people. It is also a story about those who survived and how they coped.

Find out more about Sally O. Lee and her books at

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6 thoughts on “Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Children’s Author Sally O. Lee

  1. Sally has taken on a difficult subject, but unfortunately needed. Having worked in a school system, I know how things can get out of control fast. I hope her book helps parents pass along this needed information in a non-threatening way. Much luck to her.

  2. These are all very important topics, and it’s important that not only teachers but parents know the best way to discuss them with their children. It sounds like Sally’s books are a great place to start a discussion on these topics, and for that, I give her high praises.

    • Andrea, discussing school situations and disabilities are certainly topics parents and schools should want to be involved in. Sally’s books sound like they’d be a helpful beginning. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Suzanne,

    That’s so true. Hopefully, the school systems will take more preventive methods to help ensure these horrendous situations don’t happen.

  4. Unfortunately, school shootings are something parents and teachers need to talk about with very young children, but in a way that isn’t so scary. I think Sally’s new book will help parents and teachers answer questions that kids have about this. And when kids have these answers, they won’t be so scared and they will be better prepared if something like this does happen at their school.