my books

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Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers (Stenhouse, 2017). In this book, I share the stories of adopting kids from foster care. This unique pairing of story and brain research allows educators to access and apply the information to help kids heal while also encouraging all students to grow as writers. The book ends with 35 practical suggestions for enticing all writers. Check out more about the book on the #EnticingWriters site.



Celebrating Writers (Stenhouse, 2013). I’m writing (with Christi Overman) about ways to celebrate writers within your classroom, local area, and global community. This book is a “weekend read” for K-6 writing workshop teachers. It is devoted to fueling writers through celebration. It isn’t a party planner for writing workshop – no, it is much more. It is a book that looks beyond published products and celebrates the lives of writers. It is a book intended to refuel both teachers and students to continue day in and day out the demanding work of living like a writer through writing workshop.

Through writing this book, I learned the importance of having others around to believe in the project and nudge you even when you don’t feel like writing.

Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice (Stenhouse, 2010). After blogging together for a few years, Stacey Shubitz and I were offered a contract from Stenhouse Publishers to write a book. In November 2010, Day by Day, rolled off the press. You can check out more about it here.

Developing the daily writing habit of making something really big (like a 300+ page book), changed me. I’ve been a blogger for years and a regular collector of stories through scrapbooking and journaling. All of this writing is like an addiction and suddenly, all of the pipe dreams of writing books seems possible. (Maybe.)

Someday I hope to include other big things I’ve written here like —

  • YA titles
  • A book about adoption to give hope and peace to parents
  • Picture books
  • Middle grade novels
  • More professional titles
However, I’m realizing being a writer has little to do with publishing and a whole lot to do with putting words on the page. I’m a writer not because I’m published, but because I collect words in order to make sense of the world. 
It’s about time I document this little adventure.

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