Sandy Brehl

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Books have been a central part of Sandy's life since bedtime read-alouds with siblings. Reading and writing with and for her students during her long teaching career led to some publications in magazines and journals.
When Sandy retired from teaching and joined SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) she gained a critique group and took part in professional workshops and conferences. The development of her writing craft and extensive research led to the publication of Odin's Promise.
She writes picture book text, poetry, early reader paneled text, and professional articles on developing reading with quality literature.
Sandy hosts a blog about the use of picture books for all ages at http://UnpackingPictureBookPower.blog..
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Sandy Brehl It always seems I have more ideas than time, so I wish there were some way to block the clock- a magical power to start writing and not have to walk…moreIt always seems I have more ideas than time, so I wish there were some way to block the clock- a magical power to start writing and not have to walk the dog or fix a meal or run an errand. (less)
Sandy Brehl Having readers who care about and connect with my characters. I write for my own sake, to slow down my thinking, to dig into history or other projects…moreHaving readers who care about and connect with my characters. I write for my own sake, to slow down my thinking, to dig into history or other projects and really focus (I'm a bit of a flibberty-gibbet). But the bottom line is that I love knowing that what was in my head has somehow, through the magic of the written word, found its way into someone else's mind/life/heart. That is truly gratifying.(less)
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An Overdue Post, Sharing Some Sad News

I was overdue to post updates here and in a spring newsletter. There has been news to share. I’ve attended events, enjoyed school visits, with new ones coming soon, and I’ve moved ahead in my journey to serve as a Holocaust educator for a local organization. All the while I’ve been writing, revising, preparing blog posts, reading widely, and more. 


For now, though, that will wait. 


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The Fox Wife by Beatrice Deer
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Noah Builds an Ark by Kate Banks
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In this layered story the young boy Noah is a devoted naturalist who appreciates the various wildlife in his urban backyard. Banks writes a direct but appealing narrative, interspersed with lyrical word choice, strong verbs, and delightful figurativ ...more
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Count on Me by Miguel Tanco
Count on Me
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The number of things to enjoy about this book nears "infinity"!
The main character who loves math is a mixed-background female.
She notices differences in everyone around her, not in their skin tone or hair, but in passions!
She recognizes and explore
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A Nest Is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston
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This is yet another astonishingly informative and breathtaking books in a series that every family, classroom, and child should know. The illustrations are both scientifically detailed and accurately labeled, but also aesthetically delightful and pro ...more
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Homes in the Wild by Lita Judge
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This is a lovely, straightforward, and appealing look at how and where animals make their homes. It’s global perspective and emphasis on protecting babies/young will engage toddlers to adults.
It also makes the point, without ever stating it, that al
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The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems by Paul B. Janeczko
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This is a must-have poetry anthology of HOW TO poems, ranging from clever to hilarious. The first poem and illustration feels like the launch pad for a current picture book by Kwame Alexander and Melissa Sweet: HOW TO RED A BOOK. From that first poem ...more
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An Owl at Sea by Susan Vande Griek
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As a former wildlife Rehabilitator, this book called to me. I was not disappointed. There are loads of vibrant and smile-inducing picture books about birds, but this nonfiction, poetic narrative based on a true story is well suit d to subdued hues an ...more
The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Winn Heider
"The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Winn Heider is a middle grade novel. Fovea Munson is nobody's Igor. True, her parents own a cadaver lab where they perform surgeries on dead bodies. And yes, that makes her gross by association, at least a..." Read more of this review »
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