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Linda Glaser has been writing ever since she learned to readwhich wasn't until third grade. She sometimes feared she'd never get the hang of reading. In second grade, she was placed in the "slow reading group." It was not called the Bluebirds or the Robins. It was called "The Slow Reading Group." She was a "slow reader." And, actually, she still is. She is still catching up reading all the children's books that she had a hard time reading when she was a child. And she loves it!
As soon as she learned to read, Linda discovered that she could use those same skills to write down whatevercame into her head. She immediately loved writing. And she still does. Starting in about third grade, she dreamed of becoming a children's book writer.
In 1978 she took her first Writing Children's Literature class through Adult Education. For the next twelve years, she wrote many stories and received just as many rejections. Finally, in 1990, her easy reader Keep Your Socks on Albert! was accepted for publication. It took another year of revisions before it was actually published. Though she continues to receive rejections, happily, she now also receives acceptances.
In addition to writing, Linda Glaser does author presentations in schools; speaks at conferences and conventions; leads writing workshops for people of all ages; and is an REA writing consultant. She particularly enjoys sharing writing games and activities with educators to help them make writing more fun for their students.
Most welcoming, treat-you-like-royalty, school district that she's had the pleasure of visiting? Faribault, Minnesota.
The most rejections she's gotten for any story? About 25 for Keep Your Socks On Albert!
The farthest conference she's presented at? An SCBWI conference in Fairbanks, Alaska.
The most unusual and gratifying teaching she's done recently? Memoir Writing Workshops for incarcerated teens.
The most relaxing classes she leads? Journal and Memoir Writing Workshops at McCabe Renewal Center in Duluth.
The best audience she's had thus far? Minnesota Spotlight on Books (teachers and librariansof course!)
illustrated by Adam Gustavson
ages 4 to 8, ISBN 978-0761351375
After Papa loses his job during the Depression, Hannah's family moves to rural Minnesota, where she is the only Jewish child in her class and still hasn't made any friends. When her teacher tries to arrange carpools for a Saturday class picnic, Hannah is upset. Her Jewish family is observant, and she knows she cannot ride on the Sabbath. Yet, she is determined to go to the picnic -- her chance to make a friend.
Awards and Recognition
|Not a Buzz to Be Found: Insects in Winter
illustrated by Jaime Zollars
ages 4 to 8, ISBN 978-0-7613-5644-8
Where do insects go when it's icy and cold? What do they do to survive? If you were a little insect, What would you do to stay alive? In this simple and beautifully illustrated picture book, young readers learn about 12 insects that have different ways of surviving the winter. The factual, lyrical text invites children to use their imaginations. The illustrations by Jaime Zollars are enchanting. Additional information about each insect is included in the back.
|Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow:
A Compost Story
photographs by Shelly Rotner
Millbrook Press, 2010
ages 4 to 8, ISBN 978-0761349112
What is that garbage doing next to the garden? It's not garbage. It's compost! Amazing things happen inside a compost bin. In go banana peels, grass clippings, and even an old jack-o'-lantern. Out comes compost. The compost goes into the garden to make the soil rich for new plants. Compost is good for the earth. Composting also helps us make less garbage. In this book, you can watch as one family makes compost for their garden and also learn how to start your very own compost bin!
Awards & Recognition
|Emma's Poem—The Voice of the Statue of Liberty
illustrated by Claire A. Nivola
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010
ages 4 to 8, ISBN 978-0547-17184-5
Give me your tired, your poor,
Emma's Poem, The Voice of the Statue of Liberty portrays Emma, a young girl raised in a wealthy Jewish family who grew into a passionate humanitarian and well-known writer. Her deep caring for immigrants inspired Emma to create the powerful poem that gave the Statue of Liberty a voice of welcome for immigrants. Emma Lazarus never imagined that her small sonnet would—with time and the help of a friend, a composer, and the voices of schoolchildren across the country—shape the hearts and minds of the whole nation.
A teaching guide is available for this title.
Awards & Recognition
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