Debbie Dadey, Children's Author

Issue # 113 - February 2018 

Happy St. Valentine's Day! I hope you get a special treat. You are, after all, a wonderful person who cares about creating good literary experiences for young people. You rock! And if you need a fun heart-filled read, may I suggest these? Happy reading, Debbie
On a school visit, a lovely parent made a cartoon sketch of me. I thought it was pretty fun. Here's a site (Fiverr) that does fun cartoon portraits (sadly for a small fee). It might be fun to let students draw their own cartoon sketches of themselves as a St. Valentine's gift for someone at home! Or are you brave enough to let kids draw you? Scholastic's Graphix has a fun site where you can make your own graphic novel. Scroll down just a bit to see it.
"There's a point, around the age of twenty, when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities." -from The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin who passed away January 22, 2018. 
On February 19th, I'll be presenting at an Sevier County Librarians Inservice Day about my writing process and how to implement it in the classroom. If you'd like me to speak at your next inservice, contact me here. I'll be chatting about writing at two upcoming events: The Rose Glen LIterary Festival (free event) on Feb. 24th and the SCBWI Southern Breeze Conference (wik'18) on Feb. 10th. Hope to see you there!
It's always a joy to visit a school, especially so when Mrs. Jeepers visits too! Kudos to Jana Strader who went above and beyond. Not only did she encourage her students to meet me during last spring's Girls Read Tour (so Tates School could win a free visit from me), she dressed up as a certain scary teacher to make things even more fun! 
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Every month I proclaim an honorary Mermaid Queen or King. I look for someone who is dedicated to providing wonderful literacy experiences to children and/or encourages ecology. This month's Mermaid Queen does both! She is the founder of AUTHORS FOR EARTH DAY, of which I am a part. Authors for Earth Day visit schools to share their writing experiences, books, and touch on ecology. The best part? They donate all, or a portion, of their fees to the Earth Day cause the school selects. I hope your school will participate. (The visit can be anytime the rest of this school year). I'd love to be your Author for Earth Day selection, just contact me directly and we'll set it up with a great discount!  Let me know your recommendations for Mermaid Queens or Kings.