I am an elementary Reading Specialist and the author of five books for children, with another on the way. "Reading Specialist" is a designation you get for taking some extra courses, but I have actually taught nothing but Language Arts (usually four classes per day) for most of the last 15 years. I am particularly interested in strategies for teaching beginner and struggling readers. My first two books, the middle-grade novels “Zombiekins” and “Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger,” are generally labeled “reluctant reader” titles because their edgy humor and cool illustrations appeal to kids who aren’t otherwise keen on reading. As a primary reading teacher, I thought, Why isn’t anyone making books like that for beginner readers? You know, to hook kids (especially boys) on reading at the starting line, before they become “reluctant readers”? So now I am combining my two passions to develop a series of beginner reader books with reluctant reader appeal for HarperCollins. The first two books, "Gran on a Fan" and "Lazy Bear, Crazy Bear," are collections of zany cartoons that teach short and long vowels, respectively. I guarantee they are like no phonics primer you've read before! Illustrator Ben Hodson and I plan to make available here on TPT some printable activities featuring the characters from those books that will reinforce these foundational reading skills. We hope you and your young readers enjoy them.
"Make the work interesting and the discipline will take care of itself."--E.B. White
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B. Ed., Reading Specialist, completing my Special Education Specialist
Author of the middle grade novels "Zombiekins" and Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger," and the beginner reader books "Gran on a Fan" and "Lazy Bear, Crazy Bear," two books of zany cartoons that teach short vowels and long vowels, respectively.