Today, I’m pleased to be hosting children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill. This is Day 3 of her virtual book tour through the National Writing for Children Center. Susanna will be talking about how her books can be used in a classroom setting.
Trade book Tips for Teachers from Children’s Author Susanna Leonard Hill
I am in awe of teachers.
The patience, good humor, intelligence and caring that go into a career in teaching are monumental.
The job they do is one of the most important jobs there is and every teacher I’ve met is more than up to the task.
So I don’t think I have much to tell them about using books in their classrooms
As far as my own books, though, I can suggest that PUNXSUTAWNEY PHYLLIS could be included in a Groundhog Day unit for preschool through Grade 2. The story illustrates what happens on Groundhog Day, and back matter is appended for ease of lesson expansion in the classroom. I also have quite a few free downloadable activities on my website which teachers might like to incorporate including coloring pages, paper doll kits, mazes, word searches, madlibs, library activities, and classroom guides. (Please see http://www.susannahill.com/resources.html). PHYLLIS can also be fun for signs of spring activities and classroom predictions about 6 more weeks of winter or early spring.
Most of my other books can also be used in the classroom for one unit or another. APRIL FOOL, PHYLLIS!, a sequel to PUNXSUTAWNEY PHYLLIS, is about April Fools’ Day and could be incorporated into a unit on that holiday, or on spring.
NOT YET, ROSE is about a little girl waiting for a new baby and could be included in a unit on families.
CAN’T SLEEP WITHOUT SHEEP is about a child who has trouble falling asleep and could be used in conjunction with discussions about bedtime and imagination and problem solving.
NO SWORD FIGHTING IN THE HOUSE is about brothers who take their mother’s instructions a little too literally and could be used in conjunction with talking about actual meaning vs. intended meaning, puns, or language.
ALPHABEDTIME! (forthcoming from Nancy Paulsen Books in 2015) will be able to be used for younger children learning the alphabet.
As a picture book writer, I like to see parents and teachers use picture books and expand on what they have to offer. I run a weekly feature on my blog called Perfect Picture Books. Each week twenty or more new books are added to our alphabetized and themed lists. The books are always ones that are highly recommended by the reviewer and they are always accompanied by expansion activities to make life a little easier for parents, teachers, and homeschoolers looking for a way to include picture books in lesson plans or daily activities. (Please see http://susannahill.blogspot.com/p/perfect-picture-books.html) (I’m in the process of updating to a more user-friendly format, so please be forgiving as the transfer takes place – not all the books are currently on the lists.)
I hope you’ll come visit!
Susanna (Leonard) Hill is the award winning author of nearly a dozen books for children, including Punxsutawney Phyllis (A Book List Children’s Pick and Amelia Bloomer Project choice), No Sword Fighting In The House (a Junior Library Guild selection), Can’t Sleep Without Sheep (a Children’s Book of The Month), and Not Yet, Rose (a Gold Mom’s Choice Award Winner.)
Her books have been translated into French, Dutch, German, and Japanese, with one hopefully forthcoming in Korean.
To check out tomorrow’s hosting link, please visit the National Writing for Children Center site: http://writingforchildrencenter.com/