Writer for children and young adults and creator of quality, affordable, project-specific, supplemental materials connecting people with literature. As an educator and fellow author, I am skilled in navigating the needs of both worlds.

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    Ten Rules of a Super Hero

    Click image to purchase bookAuthor/Illustrator: Deb Pilutti

    Genre: Picture Book

    Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books - Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

    ISBN: 978-0805097597

    Click here to download the Common Core State Standards aligned Educator's Guide created for grades K-2.

    Overview: In order to be a real superhero, you have to follow some important rules:

    Rule #1: A superhero must ALWAYS respond to a call for help.

    Rule #2: Saving the day is messy. But everyone understands.
    In this handy guide, Captain Magma and his trusty sidekick, Lava Boy, take young readers on an adventure to learn all ten rules of being a good superhero (Amazon.com).



    The Battle of Darcy Lane

    Click on image for publisher's informationAuthor: Tara Altebrando

    Genre: Middle-grade

    Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers

    ISBN: 9780762449484

    Click here to download the Common Core State Standards aligned Educator's Guide created for grades 4-6.

    Overview: It is summertime, and twelve-year-old Julia Richards cannot stand the anticipation. Everyone on Darcy Lane seems to be holding their breath waiting for the cicadas to emerge, but what Julia and her best friend, Taylor, want is some real excitement. Which arrives in the form of a new neighbor named Alyssa, who introduces a ball game called Russia . . . and an unwelcome level of BFF rivalry.

    Suddenly nothing stands unchallenged—not Julia's friendships, her crush, or her independence. But while Julia realizes that she cannot control all the changes in her life, she hangs onto the hope that everything will go in her favor if she can just win one magnificent showdown.

    Acclaimed author Tara Altebrando's middle-grade debut features a voice that is true to the adolescent experience, where everything is felt acutely in a whirlwind of all-or-nothing emotion (Running Press).


    Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life

    Click on image to purchase bookAuthor: P. J. Hoover

    Genre: Middle-grade

    Publisher: Starscape

    ISBN: 9780765334688

    Click here to download the Common Core State Standards aligned Discussion & Book Trailer Guide created for grades 4-8.

    Overview: Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life is a funny, fast-paced novel for young readers by P.J. Hoover which chronicles the mischievous adventures of King Tut, now an immortal eighth-grader living in Washington, D.C..

    You’d think it would be great being an Egyptian demigod, but if King Tut has to sit through eighth grade one more time, he’ll mummify himself.

    Granted the gift of immortality by the gods—or is it a curse?—Tut has been stuck in middle school for ages. Even worse, evil General Horemheb, the man who killed Tut’s father and whom Tut imprisoned in a tomb for three thousand years, is out and after him. The general is in league with the Cult of Set, a bunch of guys who worship one of the scariest gods of the Egyptian pantheon—Set, the god of Chaos.

    The General and the Cult of Set have plans for Tut… and if Tut doesn’t find a way to keep out of their clutches, he’ll never make it to the afterworld alive (Indie Bound).


    The Dino-Sports Series

    Click on image for publisher's informationAuthor: Lisa Wheeler

    Illustrator: Barry Gott

    Genre: Picture books

    Publisher: Carolrhoda Books

    Titles included in guide: Dino-Soccer - ISBN: 9780761367895, Dino-Hockey - ISBN: 9780822561910, Dino-Basketball - ISBN: 9780761363934, Dino-Football - ISBN: 9780761363941, Dino-Baseball - ISBN: 9780761344292, Dino-Wrestling - ISBN: 9781467702126

     Click here to download the Common Core State Standards aligned Discussion & Project Guide created for grades K-3.

    Overview: Play-by-play sports action series of picture books for 4-8 year olds featuring teams of Carnivorous dinosaurs against plant-eating dinos (Good Reads).


    Travels with Charlie: Down South

    Click on image for publisher's informationAuthor: Miles Backer

    Illustrator: Chuck Nitzberg

    Genre: Non-fiction Picture book

    Publisher: Blue Apple Books

    ISBN: 978-1-60905-353-6

    Click here to download the Common Core State Standards aligned Discussion & Project Guide created for ages 6 to 9.

    Overview: Part travelogue, part I SPY, part Where’s…Charlie!

    Find a pirate museum. Look for Key West. Then find Miami where the beach is the best!
    Is he on a Bourbon Street balcony? Riding the Ferris wheel on Atlantic City’s Steel Pier? Hiding out in a Nevada ghost town?