From Teaching Middle Schoolers to Writing For Them (Plus a Special Giveaway)
I started teaching fifth grade back in 1992. (Oh sheesh, that was a long time ago. Richard Marx and Bryan Adams were popular. What were you thinking, 1992?)
Anyway. After lunch each day, I would read out loud to my students and their most common request was for me to read a funny book. At the time, they were hard to come by. So I ended up reading SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL over and over and over. They couldn’t get enough!
That was when I decided to take my childhood dream of writing and turn it into something REAL. I decided to write funny books for middle schoolers. It took many years for that dream to be realized, but I am so grateful that I get to do this thing I love. I pinch myself daily.
While I was teaching, I tried hard to get my students to not just read, but to ENJOY reading. So I had my own library of books in my classroom with books I thought they would adore. In order to do this, I would spend many weekends at the Oxford Bookstore in Atlanta, hunting for my favorites.
I still have many of those books. See some familiar titles?
I spent lots of money to keep my bookshelf full. So that’s why I’d like to give one of my books from THE CLASSROOM series to a teacher building a library. If you are a teacher–or if you know of a teacher who would love to have a copy–then leave me a comment. Let me know your grade level and if you’d like book 1 or book 2 (or both). I will select three winners!!!
Thank you to all the teachers who give our kids the most important gift: the love of reading.