Sunday’s Bits and Pieces

SOLC 2011 13.31

My day began with breakfast at Sarah Stewart‘s author table. What a delightful lady.We each received a copy of The Money Tree which she wrote in the back seat of a car after saying her last good-bye to her mother. The story poured out of her word by word in about 15 minutes. The book gives opportunity to ask, “What is the most important thing to you in the world?” Her husband, David Small, illustrates her books and sat a few tables down. Her next book is going to make some people squirm she confided to us, “but I like making people squirm.” The discussion turned to education. Teachers need to be loving rebels and show them what is right…all this testing is dangerous. I love the concept of a loving rebel.

From Sarah Stewart to Jacqueline Woodson…can it get any better? She wrote on everything as a child including walls of buildings. It will surprise you that she was a slow reader unlike her older sister. Stories…”I read them over and over until they became a part of me. I realized later that I was reading as a writer.” This lady has a gift of being able to recite text from memory. Her books are must buys.

When you think it can’t get better you find you are sitting in the audience captivated by Matt Faulkner. His latest book, A Taste of Colored Water was inspired by images he remembered as a child…death of President Kennedy…death of Martin Luther King…death of Robert Kennedy…April 5, 1976, Boston.  Surprise! Surprise! A book, Road to Freedom, and not the internet was used as a resource for his illustrations.

Kelly Gallagher: Schools value the development of test takers rather than the development of readers.

Today’s buy:

Steve Layne

Steven Layne

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7 Responses to Sunday’s Bits and Pieces

  1. Tam says:

    Thanks for the information. Post some of your other findings from the conference!!

  2. Tam says:

    Ah,ha! Just noticed your new picture at the top! That is your bench then? Love the sunshine and his words!!

  3. Linda Baie says:

    It has been nice to hear who you saw, the finds you made, & what you appreciated/learned. Thank you for taking the time to tell us. More is always welcome!

  4. Cathy says:

    So, can I borrow that book to read to my class? 🙂

    What great words – loving rebels.

    Hoping to be a loving rebel with you!

  5. Ruth says:

    Cool Slice from the conference. Does it surprise you that when I read, “loving rebel,” I thought I like that idea, and then I see you think the same thing. 🙂

    Hi Steve . . . you should check out this post I wrote. It’s about Deb. 🙂
    http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/processing-my-learning-ruths-sols/

    Also, I’m wondering if the TODAY’S BUY is going to be a daily feature? (hehehehehe)

    • Steve says:

      “Loving rebels”. Yes that fits! 🙂

      Ruth, Thanks for the post and your leading Deb into the Blog world. I am addicted to the posts! 🙂

      BTW, she doesn’t need any emcouragement on the TODAY’S BUY. LOL
      There are worse vices to have though, right?!

  6. Steve says:

    Oops. I meant encouragement. 🙂

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