Lynn Plourde

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I write kids' books--talk about a FUN job! I worked for 21 years as a speech-language therapist in Maine schools. When I got married, I got 3 & 4-year-old stepsons as part of my ready-made family. I read the boys picture books at bedtime. They fell asleep after 2 or 3 books, but I kept reading stacks and stacks of picture books and started to dream . . . maybe I could write picture books. I was already writing educational books (listening & speaking ideas for the classroom), but PICTURE BOOKS--that was different!

Different, and sloooooow! I had 13 years of rejections before getting my first book published, Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud, and I still get more rejections than acceptances--even after having more than 25 books

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Writing TITLES

 


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Titles are an important part of stories. They are sort of like commercials for the stories. They might make the difference between whether someone decides to read or NOT read stories. So all authors want the best titles they can think of.


In the video above (please show to students Gr. 3 and up), Lynn models ways to analyze the titles of published books. Did the...

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Published on March 22, 2013 10:27
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
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This 1972 picture book was wonderful when my kids were kids and now for my grandkids. We ALL have terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days--it helps to know others feel the same way. Perfect to pair with WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE.
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Love this! Classic Eric Carle illustrations with fun, unusual words/vocabulary. Will use as a great early "reader" with the 4 year old grandboy--he can point and "read." Perfect for preschoolers.
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Love this! Classic Eric Carle illustrations with fun, unusual words/vocabulary. Will use as a great early "reader" with the 4 year old grandboy--he can point and "read." Perfect for preschoolers.
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Can Cat and Bird Be Friends? by Coll Muir
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A simple look at a complex subject--friendship. Can we be friends with those who are different from us? Cat and bird aren't so sure, but maybe. Delightful black and white art and nice use of black and white text to show which character is talking.
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2001 picture book . . . fun, clever illustrations that have stood up well, and, yes, flatulence is still funny.
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Underwear! by Jennifer Harney
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Fun rhymes, clever--perfect for those leaving diapers behind and new to underwear.
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Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
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A classic, a wonderful "thank you" to teachers, and all the more powerful since it's based on author-illustrator Patricia Polacco's own childhood and struggles learning to read.
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“It doesn't match anything you have."

Exactly, I think. This bracelet matches nothing in my wardrobe . . . Nothing in my life. The bracelet isn't anything like who I am; it's a bracelet for who I want to be.

Carolina on p. 189 of HOUR OF THE BEES by Lindsay Eagar”
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