Winter Issue
November/December 2012
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Dear ,

Welcome to our first newsletter.  If you have topics you would like to have addressed - just send us a note at .
We will also have a FAQ section in coming newsletters so if you wish to ask any author/illustrator related question about ANY author or illustrator; we will attempt to answer your question.  We have extensive files about many children's and young adult authors and illustrators and a research team that is willing to help find the information you need. 
Thanks, Sharron 
Literacy and Common Core
Common Core's overarching goal is literacy.

Learning how an author utilizes research and primary source material emphasizes the role of informational text and primary sources.


Students meeting an engaging author/illustrator can help meet Common Core Standards with activities designed to:

* spark creativity

* encourage innovative thinking
* promote multicultural awareness
* inspire readers and writers of all ages

Future newsletters will focus on specific strategies for bringing literacy and common core standards into every area of the curriculum.


Authors/Illustrators - Check these out!
Author Visits
We are booking author visits to schools and libraries for the 2012-2013 school year and welcome your inquiries.  The authors/illustrators have a great variety of programs.  You can read all about each of them at
Find the Authors
Two authors/illustrators are pictured on this page.  Send an email to McBookwords identifying the authors pictured and if you are the 50th correct responder you will receive our "surprise" literacy gift bag (value $150 plus) for Winter 2012.   You must be registered as a subscriber to the McBookwords Newsletter in order to receive this winter's literacy gift bag.
In This Issue
Literacy and Common Core
Author Visits
Find the Authors

Our Author panel will be presenting:

February 7, 2013

Wisconsin Reading Association

Authors Speak: Common Core State Standards and an Author's Role


March 15, 2013

Illinois Reading Conference

Research Fuels the Authors' Fire

Favorite Author Birthdays
Nov/Dec. 2012

Nov 9 - Lois Ehlert
Nov 12 - Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Nov 13 -Jez Alborough
Nov 14 -William Steig; and Nancy Tafuri
Nov 20 -Marion Dane Bauer
Nov 25 -Marc Brown
Nov 27 -Kevin Henkes 
Dec 1 - Jan Brett
Dec 11 - William Joyce
Dec 19 -Eve Bunting
Dec 22 -Jerry Pinkney
Dec 23 -Keiko Kasza
Dec 30 - Mercer Mayer

Dec 31 - Cynthia Leitich Smith  


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Green Frog Gifts
Unique gifts - books and other items with literacy connections.
Green Frog Gifts
Green Frog Gifts
Booking Author Visits at 2011-2012 prices
For the remainder of this calendar year we are allowing school/library visits which are finalized before December 31 to be booked at the 2011-2012 school year prices. All author visits require an honorarium and expenses (meals, travel, hotel).  For information regarding costs please contact McBookwords.
Thank you
If you have colleagues interested in literacy and the curriculum, common core standards, or news about new books, authors, illustrators, please forward this newsletter to them so they may subscribe to receive their own copy.
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