Author, 1986-Present Education Consultant, 1987-Present Founder/Director, Booking the Future: Reader to Reader™, 1993 Founder/Director, Pee Wee Poetry™ (ages 2-9), 1979-1989 Administrative Consultant, Westshore Montessori Association, Cleveland, Ohio, 1983-4 Instructor and University Teacher-Training Liaison, Department of Special Education, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1981-3 Instructor and University Teacher-Training Liaison, Department of Special Education, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1978-80 Instructor, Rocky River, Ohio Community Education, Parenting Education, 1981-2 Director of Special Education Services, Northville, Michigan Public Schools, 1973-5 Director of Special Education Services, Putnam-West Hendricks Cooperative (Five School Districts), Greencastle, Indiana, 1972-3 Teacher, Mental Retardation, Brazil, Indiana Public Schools, 1968-72 Teacher, Elementary Education, Terre Haute, Indiana Public Schools, 1965-67 Teacher, Elementary Education, Great Neck, New York Public Schools, 1967-8
Hajdusiewicz’s teaching career led her to seek publication of her thousands of original concepts, poems, songs, and lesson plans. Her publications for major publishers include 100+ books for children (newborns through age 12 years) and 400+ poems and songs: CD Today's Song by Babsy B & Friends (Ages 0–5+; Reading Realm, 2016); Babsy B Board Book Series (Ages 0–3+; Reading Realm, 2014); WOW! Words: Building Children’s Powerful Oral Vocabularies, Ages 4-7 (GoodYearBooks, 2011); Sputter, Sputter, Sput! (HarperCollins, 2008); The Bridge is Up! (HarperCollins, 2007); Little Books of Nouns (GoodYearBooks, 2000); Little Books of Verbs (GoodYearBooks, 2000); Listen! Listen! Letter Sounds in Rhyme (3 poster kits): Vowels, Consonants, Blends and Digraphs (The Wright Group/McGraw-Hill, 2000); MORE Phonics through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry (GoodYearBooks, 1999); Phonics through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry (GoodYearBooks, 1998); Video: Developing Oral Language and Phonemic Awareness through Rhythm and Rhyme (The Wright Group/McGraw-Hill, 1998). Don’t Go Out in Your Underwear! (Dominie Press/PearsonLearning, 1997); Words, Words, Words: A Reference Book for Beginning Writers Ages 5–8 (GoodYearBooks, 1997); Words and More Words: A Reference Book for Young Writers Ages 9-11 (GoodYearBooks, 1997); biography Mary Carter Smith: African-American Storyteller (1999, 1995); Peaceful Me: Poems and Activities to Help Children Resolve Conflicts Peacefully (2001, 1996); Sometimes I Feel Happy, Sometimes I Feel Sad: Poems and Activities to Help Children Understand Their Feelings and Deal with Death and Other Losses (1996); Rhythm ‘n’ Rhyme Readers (1996): Gobble! Gobble! Munch!; My Faces; When I Grow Up; Bed Rest; Questions & Answers Series (1996): How Can I Help?; Who Can Hop?; How Do I Feel?; Who Has Wings?; What Hangs from the Tree?; Who Lives Here?; What Plays Music?; Who Works Here?; When Do Cars Stop?; Why Do I Feel Safe?; Where Does It Go?; Which is Heavier?; ScottForesman Series (1996): Winter Play; Annie’s Plants; Who Went Up?; The Big Hand-off; Kenny’s Day Off; The Wrong Hat; Rigby/Mimosa Series (1996): A Mighty Knight; Six Speckled Hens; Bee and Us; Squirm, Squirm; Messy Mud; Stores; Pop! Poppity! Pop!; Who-o-o-o-o Am I?; Roll Over Rover; Jacks and More Jacks Hardcover (1993); Busy People (1993); Poetry Works! The First Verse (1993); Poetry Works! The Second Stanza (1992); Fix It, Frannie! (1992); Poetry Works! (1991); Stepping Stone Stories Big & Little Books (1991): Fluffy Snowflakes; Kanga’s Stew; I Would If I Could; Rico’s Shadow; Home On a Bench; Please Do Feed the Animals; Shape Up, Curvy Snake!; 38 Big Books Exploring Math (1991). Author of dozens of stories and articles for children, parents, and teachers, Hajdusiewicz has contributed to and edited numerous elementary school textbooks, and been guest columnist or featured in the media, including: Atlanta Journal Constitution; Gainesville Times Dispatch; Houston Chronicle; Cleveland Plain Dealer; Grown Ups Magazine.
Teacher's Choice Award Preschool 2017: Babsy B Board Book Series I The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval 2016: CD "TODAY'S SONG by Babsy B & Friends" Creative Child Magazine's Kids' CD of the Year Award 2016: CD "TODAY'S SONG by Babsy B & Friends" National Honor Society Four year academic scholarship Outstanding Young Women of America, 1968 Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz is a best-selling children’s author and poet whose works have invited attention from children, parents, and teachers for nearly three decades. Her first publications, the 12-book Dainty Dinosaur series (1987), continue to delight young readers and elicit flashbacks for caregivers. “They’re just as fresh today,” remembers a fan when her grandchild shared the books. With a masters degree in elementary education, and special education administration, from Indiana State University, Hajdusiewicz taught early childhood, elementary, and all special needs children of all ages and abilities, served school districts in Indiana and Michigan as director of special education, and taught teacher-certification courses at both Eastern Michigan and Cleveland State Universities. She is a frequent conference keynoter and popular visiting author in schools around the country. An Outstanding Young Woman of America in 1968, Hajdusiewicz has founded various outreach programs for children and families, from teaching kids to sew to her original and oral language pioneering program, Pee Wee Poetry™ for ages two through nine, (1978). Without a doubt, her passion for children and teaching led her to write for kids. Hajdusiewicz founded Booking the Future: Reader to Reader™, a community-involvement literacy program that placed books in the hands and homes of 16,000+ four-, five-, and six-year-olds. Hajdusiewicz’s work includes “Literacy Lunch & Learn” outreach to businesses and corporations where Hajdusiewicz motivates employees to practice her easy, practical, and fun ways to use vocabulary and knowledge when interacting with children.
M.S. Ed.S., Elementary Education & Supervision, 1969, Indiana State University and Indiana University B.S. Ed., Elementary Education, 1965, Indiana State University Specialist’s, School Administration, Special Education, 1971, Indiana State University
Parent of two, Hajdusiewicz became a grandmother in 2013. At age 70, Hajdusiewicz not only established a new publishing imprint; she also began piano lessons. See additional information at babsyb.com, Babsy B YouTube channel. Pee Wee Poetry, Focused Talk, and Booking the Future: Reader to Reader are trademarks of Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Graphing, Numbers, Science, Other (Science), Arts & Music, Music, Career and Technical Education, Education, Professional Development, General Science, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Poetry, Mental Math