Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Some Free Resources Out There...

Beneath the Sun  (library) was just named "Highly Commended" by the 2015 Zolotow Award committee, administered by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, recognized for "outstanding writing in a picture book for young children."  

But what are some ways to use a title like this in the library, classroom, or home?

In addition to your favorite bloggers (like Two Writing Teachers, who include Beneath the Sun in their 10 Math and Science Topic Choice Mentors for read alouds and writing prompts) and Pinterest searches, the Peachtree website and blog shares some great resources, too.

We've shared a Teacher Guide for Beneath the Sun as well as Melissa Stewart's other titles When Rain Falls  and Under the Snow. (Check out all of our Teacher Guides here.)  If you really want the book to come alive, consider doing a Readers Theater, script available here.

Stewart also shares a wealth of fabulous activities on her Science Clubhouse Website for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and homeschoolers, including a Teacher Guide and Mini Video Lesson. Speaking of your favorite bloggers, check out Stewart's Celebrate Science Blog for innovative resources for teaching science and tips for writing nonfiction. She's on Pinterest, too, and shares plenty of teaching ideas and resources for using the title in the classroom.

What are you favorite bloggers and resources?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Spring 2015 Preview of Titles

President & Publisher, Margaret Quinlin, hosted a little Afternoon Tea/ Preview at to share our exciting Spring 2015 Frontlist.  Original artwork was on display, our editors spoke about select titles in a Round Robin format, and special guest illustrator Thomas Gonzalez shared his storyboarding process for future release Toad Weather with guests.

For those of you who could not make the trip to Atlanta and who won't be making the trip to Chicago for ALA Midwinter, check out all the highlights from Peachtree Friend, Elizabeth O. Dulemba!