Friday, September 25, 2015

Have you thought of writing children's book? Free ebook and list of organizations & websites!

Hello Teachers and Educators!

I enjoy writing for kids and today I thought I would share with you some of the organizations I am part of just in case you want to write too!  I put in some great websites too : )

So, I am part of three organizations and there are also some FB groups as well.  One of the organizations just made a free ebook titled Teacher to Teacher: Advice for Educators who want to write for Children.  You can find my advice on page 22 : )

Here is my list of writing groups in order of my involvement and however they come to my mind.
Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles is a group near and dear to my heart since my friend founded it five years ago.  It is a non-profit organization that helps educate and inspire writers and let's everyone know they have a voice.  Although, we meet in the South Bay area of Los Angeles you are free to follow the facebook page and keep up with's official newspaper--Scribbler's Scoop (lots of good insights)!

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is an international non-profit organization that is also amazing and has been around for about 40 years!  They have two conferences a year in Los Angeles and New York and they have satellite branches around the globe.  There are a lot of things to learn and SCBWI can help the newbie to the more experienced.  There are many FB pages for the various areas, but here is the main one Fans of SCBWI

Children's Book Insider has some great insights and a handy newsletter.  They are currently giving away an ebook for Teachers interested in writing for children that gives inspiration and insights from over 75 teacher writers! has a great website with a wealth of information and they also have a Facebook group (although it is a closed group where you need to get permission to join). is a neat site that also has a closed Facebook group, but once you're in there are many things there.  The website is helpful and has great videos!

Here are also some sites that are great to know about...

  • has PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month--every November, 30 ideas for 30 picture books)
  • has you challenged to write a picture book each month!
  • reads, writes, and illustrates children's books and has a great site!
  • great author blog with tons of information!
and best website for info on literary agents...
Wow, a lot of info is out there if you want to write for kids!  Best of luck to all you teachers and teacher/writers out there!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Goodreads giveaway! Open for one month only. Enter today!

Hey everyone!

The giveaway for The Pancake Menu is under way!  Please share with friends and associates so you can be one of the lucky ten who get a beautiful hardcover copy of the book!  Enter here: before midnight on October 17th!

Thanks for your support!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Author visits at school--does anyone have them?

Hey everyone!

It has been a busy week calling and connecting with local school districts and principals near me so I can come do an author visit to the classrooms, read my book, and do a little hands-on math activity with it.  The only trouble I have is... not many are getting back to me.

Do you have author visits at your school?  When I call the schools it seems that many of them have not and some are not interested.  I am thinking I will need to go to the schools so they can see how educational and what a great resource it could be for the kids.  Here's a little video I did so people can see what the hardcover book looks like.

This is my email to the principals of specific schools...

Hello Principal ...., 

I have a wonderful, new book called The Pancake Menu which gives children the opportunity to practice math skills as they play restaurant, at home or in the classroom.  They complete sales and make change using play Menu Money and it aligns well with many Common Core Standards.

Being a fellow educator (BS Degree in El Ed 2000 from BYU) I would love to come into your school and do a few 20-25 minute presentations/activities in your 3rd and 4th grade classrooms.  It can be extended to 2nd and 5th as well, but 3rd and 4th is the target.  

About a week before my visit I would like to send out an order form if the parents of the students would like to purchase an autographed copy for their student, and on the day of the presentation I would give the purchased books to the teachers for the children to take home.  During the presentation I would loan books for the kids to use for the activity.

I would be happy to come meet with you to further discuss this and show you the book and play money.  There are a handful of reviews on Amazon and the book website is  I would also be happy to offer your school 10% back of all sales to your PTA.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to speaking with you!


Lucy Ravitch
(phone number)

So far, I haven't heard back from them, but it may be that school is still getting back into the swing of things or that my email got mixed up with the mass of other junk emails principals receive.

If any school wants a visit, I also do virtual visits where we can do a video conference call on Google Hangouts or Skype.

In other news, I finally signed onto!  I will be running a giveaway starting next Thursday that will run for one month.  Ten lucky winners can get a hardcover book!  I'll post about it once it is live.

Take care!  I'd love to hear if your school has ever had an author visit. Thanks!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Awesome posts: 1 book review & one guest post +

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying the back to school season!  I was so excited to read this fun review post of one teacher who used The Pancake Menu in her 3rd grade classroom!  Thanks Julie at Math is Elementary!

She even made pancakes for the students!  What a great teacher!  You should really go check out her pictures and fun post.

Actually, since I have the books my kids have been having me read The Pancake Menu to them and my daughter's favorite is making rainbow heart pancakes!

Also, yesterday I was a guest at a fellow children's writer's blog: AJ Cosmo!  The post is here: Media, Kickstarter, and Pancakes!

If you haven't aready seen the segment when I was on Good Morning America, you should go check it out on AJ's blog post : )

I've also been gearing up to visit schools around my area and making the money packets!

Oh, also I finally looked up from Kevin O'Leary mentioning it on my GMA segment.  It is an awesome subscription service for 6-11 year old hands-on learning activities.  I thought I might be able to make a blog post for them and then I thought: it would be really cool if my book came in one of their monthly boxes! So I have an email into them.  I'm really thinking of getting the service for my younger three kids who I think would really enjoy the fun activities.

Sorry for being all over the place with today's post--lots going on.  Have a great labor day weekend!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Why is place value so important and how can I teach it?

According to this article entitled The Impact of Place Value on Mathematics it states "Place value is perhaps the most fundamental concept imbedded in the elementary and middle school mathematics curriculum."  and why?  Because everything in computation hinges on it!

About two years ago I made a TpT/TN printable 32 page children's book to help teachers with this very subject of place value. (you can subscribe to my YouTube channel too : ))  Here is a reading of it...

If that wasn't enough for that product I also made some associated flash cards that go along with the book...

I gave a shortened freebie version, but I also have the whole pack of 1-100 cards with 4 versions.  You get 48 pages of cards...

  • 1-100 cards in B&W with numbers
  • 1-100 cards in B&W without numbers
  • 1-100 cards in color with numbers
  • 1-100 cards in color without numbers

With these cards you can do numerous games and activities!  It is easy for kids to visualize with oranges instead of the normal manipulative of little blocks and sticks.

I just felt like revisiting these products because with the start of the school year I know a lot of teachers could really use these products!  Take care!

When did/does school start for you?

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