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The first thing Lisa Bullard wanted to be when she grew up was a shoe sales clerk. When that didn’t work out, she pursued her dream to be an award-winning writer. Her first publication came in grade school with a letter to a local newspaper. It took almost thirty more years for Lisa to see her first book in print. Not Enough Beds!, a picture book, was published in 1999. Two years later she won a Children’s Choice Award for Trick-or-Treat on Milton Street. Lisa has also won a Teacher’s Choice Award and been listed on Science Books & Films’ Best Books of the Year list for her nonfiction titles. Her first novel, a mystery for middle grade readers called Turn Left at the Cow, is slated for fall 2013 from Harcourt.
Lisa began her acquaintance with the bookmaking process by working in the publishing industry for sixteen years. That background, combined with her own writing experience, gives her a unique perspective on how the book business combines artistry with industry. Now a full-time writer, Lisa also coaches new writers, teaches writing classes, and helps other writers to market their work more effectively.
Lisa enjoys visiting schools to talk with students about writing and publishing. Her book You Can Write a Story: A Story-Writing Recipe for Kids features many of the activities she has developed while working with these hundreds of student writers. It takes young writers step-by-step through the story creation process.
Lisa lives in Minneapolis with a tailless cat who is shaped like a bunny.
Lisa says: “One of the best reviews I've received came from a five-year-old. Her grandmother explained to me that the little girl had enjoyed my first picture book so much that she had memorized the entire textall 225 words!and happily ‘read’ the story all by herself. Halfway through reading the book one day, the girl stopped. ‘But Grandma,’ she asked, ‘just what is a hubbub?’ ‘Hubbub’ is a celebration-dazed, noisy, overfull, lovely-to-say-out-loud wordthe one perfect word for that point in my storyand the word I had to work hardest as a writer to make fit. What a tremendous feeling for me to know that I have introduced a word like ‘hubbub’and many other equally wonderful wordsto kids I might never meet face-to-face.”
|Holidays and Special Days Series
Millbrook Press, 2012
grades K to 2
It's time to celebrate! Learn about holidays and special days, including how they're celebrated and their history, through the personal story of a young narrator.
Marco’s Cinco de Mayo
Brandon’s Birthday Surprise
Chelsea’s Chinese New Year
Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr
Daniela's Day of the Dead
Planet Protectors Series
Our planet needs help! Here come Trina and Tyler to the rescue. These enthusiastic kids show readers how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and more. The appealing artwork and picture book design make learning about protecting the planet fun.
Watch Over Our Water
Choose to Reuse
Earth Day Every Day
illustrated by Wes Thomas
Look Out for Litter
Power Up to Fight Pollution
Rally for Recycling
Awards and Recognition
Nina and Nolan Build a Nonsense Poem
Follow along as Nina and Nolan learn to write poems that are funny and playful.
Find out about the amazing changes that animals and trees undergo every fall.
Leaves Fall Down: Learning about Autumn Leaves
Busy Animals: Learning about Animals in Autumn
What’s the Difference? Series
Young readers can learn the differences between two animals that share common traits but also have unique distinctions.
What’s the Difference Between an Alligator and a Crocodile?
What’s the Difference Between a Leopard and a Cheetah?
Lightning Bolt Books—Famous Places
Each title explores a high-interest topic through simple text and reinforcing photographs.
The Empire State Building
The Erie Canal
The Gateway Arch
The Redwood Forests
Friends Forever Girls series
Nika Needs Your Vote
Election Day is coming soon, and Nika the bookworm is about to find out if she really has a chance to become class president. But no matter how the vote turns out, Nika knows she can count on the support of the Friends Forever Girls. Or can she? Suddenly it seems like Nika is facing friendship trouble everywhere she turns.
Kristina Takes the Stage
Being in a play is one of the best things about Kristina's new school. Even better are the new friends she’s made, the Friends Forever Girls. But Kristina does have one big problem. One of the special hats for the play is missing, and Kristina knows it could be her fault! Follow along as Kristina discovers that the mystery of the missing hat is hiding a much bigger secret: a secret that teaches her what it truly means to be a “friend forever.”
Ace Your Oral or Multimedia Presentation
Young readers can learn how to create and present an oral or multimedia presentation.
Crocheting for Fun!
Full-color photos and an informative text help young readers learn how to crochet.
Pull Ahead Books – Forces of Nature
Each title explores a high-interest, action-packed topic through simple text and reinforcing photographs.
Fast Cars Series
Learn all about some of the world’s most head-turning, high-performance cars.
|You Can Write a Story!
A Story-Writing Recipe for Kids
illus. by Deborah Haley Melmon
Two-Can Publishing, 2007
grades 1 to 4, ISBN978-1-58728-587-5
This easy-to-follow story-writing recipe will take young writers step-by-step through the creative process. They will learn how to mix ingredients like characters, settings and action. They will stir them up to create conflict. They will cook up a beginning, a middle, and an ending to a story. Finally, they can follow the book’s advice on how to treat their family and friends to a feast of the imagination. It's a recipe they can use again and again!
Classroom activities are available for this title.
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