Cursed Dishes by Jennifer Lott

I recently enjoyed interviewing Jennifer Lott about her first chapter book. As an early childhood educator, she had insights into writing for children and teaching as well. Cursed Dishes is based on a ‘revenge’ story Lott wrote when she was sixteen about her uncooperative younger sisters. Ten years later this completely reworked version is volume one in the Family Magic series, published by Reality Skimming Press. Told with humour and with illustrations by Doriano Strologo, the story dramatizes conflict between three sisters entangled in a messy little curse.

I hope you find Jennifer’s story inspiring. This was my first Skype author interview and hers as well. Using Skype to connect your classes with authors is free and simple and requires only that you and the author both have a Skype account, and that you ‘add’ each other to your Skype address books. I used a H2N Zoom microphone but most newer computers and laptops come with built-in microphones and cameras that make the process easy. Read Kate Messner’s article in School Library Journal for more information about setting up Skype for author visits. You can also read up about it on the Skype website.

Creative Teacher Librarian Newsletter – Work in Progress

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Welcome to Creative Teacher Librarian. My goal is to save you preparation time while sparking ideas to make teaching fun.

I love creative writing, technology, video, drama, languages and brain-based learning. I hope you will find this monthly newsletter of  lesson ideas, links, favourite books and tips helpful.

I have taught K-8, library, home room, French, ESL, gifted and special education classes; in private, inner-city and suburban school settings. I hope my  classroom-tested ideas and resources will be of use whether you are a homeroom teacher, librarian or the teacher of a small group.

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Your patience and feedback are appreciated.

Maaja

Writing from Toronto, Canada.