Category Archives: Resources

Brain Fillers 1

As a former middle grade classroom teacher, I always had hundreds of resources to fill the time when we had 5 minutes left in an activity. I called them Brain Fillers. They also turned out to be good resources for … Continue reading

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Blog Award

Awards are great, especially when you get one. This blog has been honored by Middle Shelf Online Magazine as one of the best blogs for “for promoting and exemplifying the spirit of middle grade books.” Thank you! If you’d like … Continue reading

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Quick Reads for the Reluctant Reader

I’ve worked with quite a few kids who would rather be dragged by a fast moving snowmobile with their teeth attached to a rope than actually read a book. When I hand them one of these word filled wonders they … Continue reading

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Middle Grade Heaven

You will find it at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on Colfax Street in Denver. The building is charming and originally was home to the historic 550 seat Bonfils-Lowenstein theater. You can still see the curtain framing the stage. Two levels … Continue reading

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It’s the most important part of writing a winning novel. I didn’t do much if any rewriting on my first manuscript until the first draft was completed. Only then did I start the long process. For my second manuscript I … Continue reading

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The Book Cellar: A Real Gem

Those of you who live in the Denver area, or if you are visiting, be sure to head up to Louisville, CO (Near Boulder). Take a walk down main street and visit the charming home of The Book Cellar. Barbara … Continue reading

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