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Migrant experience through writing

Last week, in a tiny farm town near Dinuba, CA (Tulare Co.), I was privileged to lead a writing workshop for around twenty Migrant students. The students ranged from grades 4-8th. My goal was to get them to write with vivid, sensory details about a work or

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Communicating to Family Night Crowds

Last week, in the wake of two back-to-back bilingual family night talks–each very well attended–I understood something that politicians must know instinctively. Namely, when addressing large audiences of widely divergent backgrounds, it’s necessary to speak in easy-to-digest terms. Not quite soundbites, but basic concepts that most everyone

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Go, TEXAS Librarians!

Again, I’m wowed by the creativity and dedication of school librarians in south Texas. Ada Mendoza, the librarian of North San Juan Elementary School posted this mash-up of an author assembly I just presented last week at her school. Keep your speakers on to enjoy to swingin’

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Give Thanks

One day after Thanksgiving, as I resist the urge to fight the crowds of Black Friday and procure an operational DVD player, I feel THANKS for my work encouraging young people to read. Specifically, I feel THANKS for my recent tour to south Texas–an 11-school march through

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Recent Trips

Just completed day one of a 10-day tour in S. Texas, which will involve author assemblies at alll 11 elementary schools in the town of Weslaco. The S. Texas-isms started before I left California. On a drizzly, bone-chilling morning in Santa Rosa, I was talking on the

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Learning About the Needs of Dyslexic Kids

This past weekend, I was privileged to speak at the Inland Empire Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. My first step in preparing was to familiarize myself with the basics of dyslexia: a neurologically-based learning disability that can affect word recognition, decoding, spelling and auditory comprehension. Regina

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Using Foreign Words

One reason why I add foreign phrases to my picture books is to welcome readers into a new world or mindset, or to acknowledge the mindset they may already share. (It’s easy to forget that millions of U.S. citizens, for example, speak and dream in both English

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