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Vocabulary

Top 5 Tips for Meeting an Author at a Conference

One of my favorite parts of being an English teacher/librarian is going to conferences and meeting authors. Over the years, I have honed my “author...

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5 Ways to Use Author Interviews to Enhance Vocabulary Instruction

I love how amazingly approachable and kind authors are, especially those who write for children, middle schoolers, and teens. I am lucky enough to...

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Let Author Veronica Roth Inspire Your Students to Learn Vocabulary

If your students haven't read the Divergent book series, then they've seen the movies! The best-selling books turned movie blockbusters not only tell...

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Author Interview: Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer is among the amazing number of incredibly kind and talented young adult authors who have graciously allowed me to accost them for...

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Author Interview: Lauren Oliver

Yes, I am a HUGE fan of Lauren Oliver ever since I read Before I Fall; it absolutely blew my mind.  Essentially it is the story of a snotty...

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Author Interview: Brandon Mull

 Last spring, my favorite bookseller, Tami, at Fundamentals Bookstore in Delaware, Ohio, called to ask if I wanted to go to dinner with children’s...

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Author Interview: G. Neri

Greg Neri goes by the elusive “G” Neri as an author, but I feel pretty cool that I can now call him Greg.  I think Greg’s books are outstanding, and...

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Author Interview: Libba Bray

I just love Libba Bray’s insightful analysis, quirky characters and her ability to write such diverse yet equally fantastic books! 

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Author Interview Recap: Vocab Gal (almost) Interviews President Obama

In honor of President’s Day earlier this week, I’d like to say that I have interviewed President Obama.  Unfortunately, he is a bit hard to reach, but...

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Author Interview: Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña comes from humble beginnings and has achieved a modicum of success that would make many authors a bit supercilious, but he remains ...

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Author Interview: James Dashner

My students are obsessing over James Dashner right now. If one of them picks up The Maze Runner, as soon as they finish, they must grab the sequel...

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Author Interview: Veronica Roth

All of my students and I have been talking nonstop about the Divergent trilogy.  The second book in the series, Insurgent, was recently released, and...

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Author Interview: Laurie Halse Anderson

Seminal. Touchstone. Bellwether. These are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Laurie Halse Anderson; she is in my mind, the...

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Author Interview: AS King and Jackie Morse Kessler

A.S. King and Jackie Morse Kessler are not only amazing authors, but also speak out against bullying. Plus, their books send an anti-bullying message...

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Author Interview: Kathryn Erskine

Pickle is one of author, Kathryn Erskine’s favorite words, and I don’t blame her-it’s a great word to say! However, that’s not the only word that...

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Author Interview: John Green

John Green-wow!  I was exhilarated to sit down with John at the ALAN workshop back in November for a quick interview.  He is one popular fellow who...

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Author Interview: Allan Wolf

I want to bring Allan Wolf to my school-his energy and enthusiasm are catching. Not only is he is a great writer who can discuss all the books he’s...

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Author Interview: Ilsa Bick

Ilsa Bick is the definition of cool; she’s ex-air force and knows how to survive in the wilderness, is a child psychiatrist by day, and has written 15...

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Author Interview: Jack Gantos

I have been a huge Jack Gantos fan for many years now, and so I am thrilled that he won the 2011 Newbery Award for his latest novel (and pseudo memoir)...

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Author Interview: Ned Vizzini

Ned Vizzini is a literary rockstar; his three books are HUGE! His first book, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, was just released as a movie,  Be More Chill ...

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Author Interview: Ally Condie

I was so excited when I learned that Ally Condie was coming to St. Louis, as I loved her book Matched and couldn’t wait to read its sequel, Crossed....

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Author Interview: Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr is AWESOME!  I interviewed her in St. Louis and then saw her at NCTE and she was so cool-she introduced me to her husband, and we chatted...

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Author Interview: Maggie Stiefvater

I have been thinking about when my tough students will "buy in" to learning vocabulary, and I think what is most important is having teen celebrities...

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