I'm thrilled that my middle-grade novel manuscript, Zach Hammerkop and the Summer of Doom, was a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing.
Eleven-year-old Zach Hammerkop dreams of being like his namesake, the powerful hammerkop shark--also known as the hammerhead. After he's forced into a summer Shakespeare acting camp and discovers that a hammerkop is actually a dumb, clumsy bird—just what he feels like most of the time—he’s doomed. When disaster strikes on opening night, it's up to Zach to rescue the play, but only if he can find his true hammerkop power inside him.
Books about Writing for Kids and Teachers
Some books that have inspired my teaching.
Have Fun with Poetry!
Poetry is a great way to encourage kids
to play with language.
Don't Forget to Write for the Elementary Grades: Ages 5 to 12 by 826 National, edited by Jennifer Traig
Don't Forget to Write for the Secondary Grades: Ages 11 and Up by 826 National, edited by Jennifer Traig
Guy-Write: What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know by Ralph Fletcher
How Writers Work: Finding a Process That Works for You by Ralph Fletcher
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
Mythology by Edith Hamilton
Our Stories: A Fiction Workshop for Young Authors by Marion Dane Bauer
Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing by Karen Benke
Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter
What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction by Marion Dane Bauer
Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink by Gail Carson Levine
A Writer's Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You by Ralph Fletcher
Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly by Gail Carson Levine
The Young Writer's Companion by Sarah Ellis
The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems compiled by Jackie Morris
A Crow Doesn't Need a Shadow: A Guide to Writing Poetry from Nature by Lorraine Ferra
Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems edited by Georgia Heard
A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms selected by Paul B. Janeczko
Poetry Everywhere: Teaching Poetry Writing in School and in the Community by Jack Collom and Sheryl Noethe
A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko
Seasons by Warabe Aska, with poetry selected by Alberto Manguel
Some Gems Especially for Teachers
From Reader to Writer: Teaching Writing Through Classic Children's Books by Sarah Ellis
How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig
No More "I'm Done!": Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades by Jennifer Jacobson
Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling by Emily K. Neuburger
What It Is: Do You Wish You Could Write? by Lynda Barry