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Summer of the Wolves has a life of its own. It is a nominee for the South Carolina Book Award. How did that happen? As a result a wonderful little promotions video was made that you can watch by clicking here.
SOTW was also a nominee for the Delta Kappa Gamma Society’s Jeanette Fair Book Award. Delta Kappa Gamma Society is a professional, honorary Society of Women Educators. The Society promotes professional and personal growth of its members and excellence in education. What an honor to be nominated. We are hoping the nominations will open up some opportunities for the book to be used, as intended, in classrooms! The free Common Core Teacher’s Guide (see below) has been used very successfully in Minnesota schools. More about that soon@
FOR TEACHERS !
This cross-curricular guide for grades 5 – 7 makes it easy to meet your required standards in Reading,
Science and Language Arts while exploring SUMMER OF THE WOLVES! Many objective adapt easily to grade 4 or for older grades. Download the 60 page guide for free.
(I do sell printed copies at cost for $10 plus shipping.)
Click for Free Common Core Teacher’s Guide for Summer of the Wolves
Save the PDF copy to your computer and print as needed.
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This is a list of non-fiction books for young people
of all ages about wolves. If you have a suggestion for
a book to be added, please contact me.
A little about me:
I am an author/illustrator, a nature lover, a wilderness lover, a wife and mother, a book lover, a retired teacher… as least those are some of the things I do; who can say what a person “is.” My dream is to have my books in libraries everywhere where children, parents, grandparents and teachers will use them to pursue and deepen a love for the remaining wilderness and the natural world.
I have built upon those values in my second book Summer of the Wolves was released by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt on May 5th, 2012. (which would have been my belated mother’s 100th birthday!) It is a novel written for ages 10 and older, a story about a young girl whose encounter with wolves in the northern woods leads her unexpectedly to surprising discoveries about herself. I have provided a readers’ discussion guide to help readers share their thoughts about the issues in the book.
Those values also compelled me to write and illustrate Someone Walks By, The Wonders of Winter Wildlife published by Raven Productions, Inc. That is also why I put an extensive curriculum guide on the publisher’s website at www.ravenwords.com. We know that children who spend time in nature and those involved with the arts also do better academically, so lets let others know, too!
I would love to continue to connect with others involved in the creation of art and writing for children. I admire and respect each person doing what they can to learn about and share the beauty of the natural world. It is the natural world we must preserve, since it is the natural world we all depend upon. There is so much to learn. I hope we can be resources for each other.