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Thank you to each of you for all of the support that you have given 
me over the past years both online, by attending my seminars, and by 
purchasing the books I write -- I love sharing literacy information. 
And now I am able to finally announce the forthcoming publication of 
my newest book and offer each of you -- If you are interested in a % 
off coupon just email me at and I'll send along 
a pdf coupon for you.  I hope you all like the new book.

AND if you are at the Int. Reading Association's conference in 
Minneapolis -- I will be presenting with author Carol Gorman, 
Jacqueline Briggs Martin, and Jeni Reeves on Wednesday a.m. at 9:00 
-- stop by and say "hey."

Meanwhile -- I am so excited to be able to announce the May 2009 
release date of my next book -- what fun it was to write.  When I 
first went to a large metro high school I took along several of my 
favorite picture books -- and what fun we had.  The AP science class 
enjoyed being introduced to the idea of Black Holes with Franklyn 
Branley's Journey to a Black Hole, the high school music instructor 
used Aliki's Medieval Feast as a guide for costumes for the Madrigal 
group's seasonal feast, and social studies classes got a new view of 
World War II through the eyes of Dr. Seuss.  My new book has been 
able to list some of those classic titles while introducing some 
great new titles that will spice up every intermediate and secondary 

Picture That! From Mendel to Normandy
Picture Books and Ideas,
Curriculum and Connections-for 'Tweens and Teens

by Sharron McElmeel

Fire up interest in science, history and other areas of the 
curriculum with students of all ages. Make connections with Gregor 
Mendel's work with genetics, the journey of 100 orphans from the 
Normandy battlefields, diverse cultures, and much more. Practical 
resources for involving learners of all ages in critical thinking and 
promoting curiosity. Emphasis on research, writing, and building 
schema and interest. Picture books can provide a short and focused 
stimulant and synopsis of a topic that will promote discussion and 
further investigation into the topic. Personal narratives provide a 
glimpse into the human factors present during historical periods of 
history. Other texts can provide a context through which to 
investigate mathematical concepts, science topics, geography 
(landform and locations for example) and language arts skills. Over 
350 titles-over 60 with full entries. The book is an invaluable 
resource book with many suggestions and with space for recording 
connecting ideas and strategies to infuse literacy into every area of 
the curriculum in classrooms/libraries with older readers. Grades 

Sharron L. McElmeel

McBookwords (a literacy organization)

Instructor - University of Wisconsin-Stout
Children's Literature in the Reading Program
Young Adult Literature in the Reading Program

3000 N Center Point Rd
Cedar Rapids, IA 52411-9548

ph. (319) 393-2562
fax (319) 393-4749

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