Terrific Teacher Resources

It’s back to school time, and I’ve got some great resources related to my books for teachers!

She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World

This unique nonfiction picture book highlights 14 women who raised their voices and changed the world! Learn about these heroes and hear their inspiring words in their own voices at the touch of a button. Each entry features discussion questions ideal for the classroom.

Speak Up! Listen Up!: Using She Spoke in the Classroom: guest post at Pencil Tips: Writing Workshop Strategies from Children’s Authors and Illustrators

She Spoke Pinterest board – More links, clips, and recordings of the amazing women profiled in the book and more heroines you should know.

21 Printable Coloring Sheets That Celebrate Girl Power by Emily McCombs

 

Nita's First Signs final coverNita’s First Signs

Nita’s First Signs teaches ten essential signs for every parent and child to know, including eat, more, hungry, milk, all done, ball, play, love, please, and thank you. A simple story about Nita and her parents teaches each sign in context, and repetition throughout each story makes them easy to practice. Even better, each page slides open to reveal accurate instructions on how to make each sign, plus tabs on the side of each page make it simple to locate every sign for later reference.

Nita’s First Signs Teacher/Librarian Guide

Little Hands Signing Storytime & Craft Ideas

Teaching Sign Language to Kids with Nita’s First Signs at Babies to Bookworms

Also by Kathy MacMillan: Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together

Resources for Signing with Babies and Young Children

Resources for Signing in Storytime or the Classroom

Picture Books about ASL and Deaf Culture

Online coaching sessions for affordable, personalized professional development.

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July and August Appearances and Events

Come away to a land of kings and dragons, queens and castles, and learn signs through stories and songs of magic. Bring the whole family (and your fairy godmother too) for American Sign Language fun! Free programs for all ages. Click here for more information about each location.

Monday, July 1:

  • 10:30am: George Mason Regional Library
  • 2:30pm: Herndon Fortnightly Library
  • 7:00pm: Sherwood Regional Library

Tuesday, July 9

  • 10:30am: Chantilly Regional Library
  • 2:30pm: Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library

Wednesday, July 10

  • 10:30am: Pohick Regional Library
  • 2:30pm: Patrick Henry Library

Tuesday, July 16

  • 10:30am:  Oakton Library
  • 2:30pm:  Lorton Library

Thursday, July 18

  • 2:30pm:  Burke Centre Library
  • 7:00pm: Centreville Regional Library

Tuesday, July 23

  • 10:30am: Dolley Madison Library
  • 2:30pm: City of Fairfax Regional Library

 


Little Hands Signing at the Eldersburg Library

Location: Eldersburg Library, 6400 West Hemlock Drive Eldersburg, MD 21784

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.

  • Saturday, July 6 at 10:00am: Transportation Signs
  • Saturday, August 3 at 10:00am: Animal Signs 

 


Book signings at Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt

  • Wednesday, July 24 from 6-8 PM: Catonsville location, 825 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, D 21228

Come on in to purchase signed copies of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Nita’s First Signs, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, Sword and Verse, and Dagger and Coin! Make a sign language craft and learn to write your name in the language of the gods. Purchase a book and receive 20% off your Sweet Frog yogurt purchase! All book sale proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund.

 

 

 

 

 

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NITA’S FIRST SIGNS is a 2018 Foreword INDIES Silver Winner!

Nita’s First Signs has been named a winner in the 21st annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

Foreword Reviews, a book review journal focusing on independently published books, announced the winners of its INDIES Book of the Year Awards earlier this month. The INDIES recognize the best books published in 2018 from small, indie, and university presses, as well as self-published authors. You can view all of the winners here.

“Being surrounded by the year’s best books from independent writers and publishers is a humbling and invigorating experience that we take seriously at every step of the judging process,” says Managing Editor Michelle Anne Schingler. “As the INDIES progress, our editors, and our librarian and bookseller judges, have the honor and the privilege of discovering and rediscovering independent titles that give us hope about the future of publishing and that, at their best, make us consider the world around us anew.”

Nita’s First Signs, written by Kathy MacMillan, illustrated by Sara Brezzi, published by Familius Press is the 2018 Silver Winner in the category Picture Books, Early Reader.

Over 2,000 entries were submitted in 56 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing approximately 10 finalists per genre. Those finalists were then mailed to individual librarians and booksellers charged with picking the Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners.

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Founded in 1998, Foreword Magazine, Inc. is the publisher of the only review journal completely devoted to independent publishing: Foreword Reviews, a Folio: award-winning bimonthly print review journal. Foreword exclusively covers university and independent (non “Big 5”) publishers, the books they publish, and their authors. Foreword is based in Traverse City, Michigan, with staff based worldwide.

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Enter a SHE SPOKE giveaway hosted by author Lindsay C. Barry!

Thank you to Lindsay C. Barry for hosting a giveaway over on Instagram for a signed copy of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World! It was great to meet Lindsay recently when we spoke together at the Kensington Day of the Book, and even better to learn about her books, Journey to Constellation Station and The Backpack,  and her blog, which features “Book Reviews for Busy Parents”.

More about the giveaway below! Click here or on the pictures to enter.

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SHE SPOKE on Book Q and As with Deborah Kalb

Thank you to Deborah Kalb – author of The President and Me: John Adams and the Magic Bobblehead (Schiffer, 2018), The President and Me: George Washington and the Magic Hat (Schiffer, 2016), and co-author of Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama (Brookings, 2011) – for hosting me and my She Spoke co-author Manuela Bernardi for an interview at her website! Check it out here.

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June Appearances and Events

Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 11 AM-4 PM: Books in Bloom Festival, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

The festival features readings, panel discussions, children’s activities, live music, curated culinary offerings, rosé and beer garden, and a pop-up bookstore by Busboys and Poets. The festival is free and open to the public. Please take a moment to register and let us know you’ll join us.

At 1 PM, I’ll be doing a reading from Dagger and Coin followed by and Q&A and signing. Hope to see you there!

See the complete festival lineup here.

 

 


Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10 AM-1 PM: Cecil County Public Library Children’s Book Festival

Location: North East Community Park, Main St, North East, MD 21901

Authors and fun family activities! I’ll be signing She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Nita’s First Signs, Sword and Verse, and Dagger and Coin! Check out the complete festival lineup here!

 


Once Upon a Sign at Fairfax County Public Libraries

Come away to a land of kings and dragons, queens and castles, and learn signs through stories and songs of magic. Bring the whole family (and your fairy godmother too) for American Sign Language fun! Free programs for all ages. Click here for more information about each location.

  • Tuesday, June 18 at 10:30 AM at the Martha Washington Library, 
    6614 Fort Hunt Rd Alexandria VA 22307
  • Tuesday, June 18 at 2:30 PM at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston, VA 20190
  • Wednesday, June 19 at 10:30 AM: Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042
  • Wednesday, June 19 at 2:30 PM: Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre Dr., Alexandria, VA 22315

I’ll be appearing at more Fairfax County Public Library locations in July! See the full schedule here.

 


Saturday, June 22 at 10 AM: Little Hands Signing: Summer Signs at the Eldersburg Library

Location: Eldersburg Library, 6400 West Hemlock Drive Eldersburg, MD 21784

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.

 


Sunday, June 23 at 11:30 AM: Signing at the American Library Association Annual Conference (Washington, D.C.)

        

My co-author Christine Kirker will be signing More Storytime Magic at the ALA Bookstore. Christine will also be signing her newest solo ALA Editions title, 25 Projects for Global Explorers.



Friday, June 28 at 1 PM: She Spoke at the Eldersburg Library

Location: Eldersburg Library, 6400 West Hemlock Drive Eldersburg, MD 21784

How will you speak up? Join Kathy MacMillan, co-author of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World (Familius Press, 2018) and learn about real-life heroines through their own words. Copies of the book, which features an audio panel that plays clips of the subjects’ actual voices, will be available for sale and signing after the program. Free program for ages 6 and up; no registration required.

 

 

 

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SHE SPOKE on The Children’s Book Podcast

She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World was featured on Episode #511 of The Children’s Book Podcast with Matthew Winner Check it out for a freewheeling discussion spanning three continents: me in the USA, my co-author Manuela Bernardi in Brazil, and illustrator Kathrin Honesta in Indonesia! We delve into the inspirations and processes behind the book, and Matthew shares how he has used it with his students. Listen now!

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See you June 2 at Books in Bloom!

I’m thrilled to be participating in the Books in Bloom festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD on Sunday, June 2!  The festival runs from 11 AM- 4PM and features readings, panel discussions, children’s activities, live music, curated culinary offerings, rosé and beer garden, and a pop-up bookstore by Busboys and Poets. The festival is free and open to the public. Please take a moment to register and let us know you’ll join us.

At 1 PM, I’ll be doing a reading from Dagger and Coin followed by and Q&A and signing. Hope to see you there!

 

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Know Your Value: She Spoke and more!

So honored to have She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World included in this terrific roundup of “books to inspire young girls to know their value” over at nbcnews.com! List curator Ciarra Chavarria of @girlsreadtheworld says: “Having access to these women’s voices, to literally hear them saying their iconic and critical words creates a magical connection between readers and these women, and I’ve never seen (well, heard) anything else like it.”

Check out the complete list here!

 

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Speak Up! Listen Up!: Strategies for Using SHE SPOKE in the Classroom

Thank you to the folks over at Pencil Tips Writing Workshop for hosting my recent guest post full of ideas for teacher on how to use my new book She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World in the classroom! If you aren’t familiar with Pencil Tips, you’ll definitely want to check it out – it’s a treasure trove of resources for teachers, featuring the work of authors Karen Leggett Abouraya, Laura Gehl, Laura Krauss Melmed, Mary Amato, Mary Quattlebaum, and many more!

 

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