It may STILL be icy and cold out, with no salamanders crossing, but not to these amazing Brewster Pierce Elementary School students in Huntington, Vermont!
They created an entire news show broadcast about the night being perfect for the salamanders to migrate! There are newscasters, a meteorologist, umbrellas, and salamander crossing signs. It is pure joy, and an example of how teachers and students can use picture books to spark meaningful projects and creativity that can help improve the world.
Speaking of using Salamander Sky and other picture books to spark engagement, relevance, excitement in project based learning…..I’m leading a workshop for educators at the lovely Bear Pond Books next Saturday, April 28th at 11am. I hope to see you there.
It’s been a whirlwind since one nor’easter after another and the release date of Salamander Sky on March 9th, 2018. I waited with baited breath to see if we would have books in time for the launch and just barely in time they came– to the lovely Bear Pond books!
North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier
March 10th, 2018:
The book tour started with a bang with a standing room only crowd at the North Branch Nature Center. It was an all ages group that came out to celebrate salamanders, nature, and our new picture book, Salamander Sky. The event had a book talk and reading, presentations from two naturalists, hands on stations for kids, and large, gorgeous salamander cookies. Kids large and small were introduced to the beautiful spotted salamander, and promised to look out for this delightful creature this spring.
How is it that I had never visited gorgeous little Grafton Vermont, in my almost 20 years of living here?I stepped out of the car and heard one of my favorite sounds…a red winged blackbird calling in the sun. Konk-la-ree! The sun beamed down on the white, quintessential Vermont buildings. I walked toward the The Nature Museum, and stopped at the entrance. This place is straight out of a nature lover’s dream.