for teachers and families

For more information about Jan’s author visits please visit this blue-linked contact page.

Also, see the end zone of that Contact page for presentation details.

For artwork coloring pages from the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s outstanding

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum visit here.

From classroom connections:

The cardboard likeness of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, is by Art Teacher Sally Ash.

Traditional patterns from Seminole Tribe of Florida patchwork clothing become bookmarks.

Student-created puppets present reader theater anecdcotes of the life of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper & then look great on the bulletin board.

Student-made timeline of the historic life of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper.

With the help of students the meaning behind the colors/symbols of the
Seminole Tribe of Florida flag spring to life.

Seminole Tribe of Florida craftsmen invented an open-air house – the chickee. Students can construct a model.

With Jan’s museum-in-a-patchwork bag, pick tangible items, discover Florida history.

Lesson plan/mentor text thoughts from a children’s literature specialist.

Tips/lesson plans for SHE SANG PROMISE as a mentor text, compiled by Marcie Flinchum Atkins are at her resourceful blog.

Multi-cultural titles and powerful girl/women stories are found at: KIDLIT Celebrates Women’s History Month; on pages of the ALA (American Library Association); The Children’s Book Council; the pages of American Indians in Children’s Literature; Bookseedstudio acrhives and, by visitng The Books for Children Collection. More links for other Native American topics are here <span style=”color:#ff0000;”


Kenn Nesbitt’s Poetry Pages

Poetry Out Loud  Students recite published poetry from all times, for prizes

Letters About Literature    A trip to D.C. is possible for young readers if they also write  (also see River of Words  contests)

Poetry for Children  one-stop, ad-free, fabulous meeting place

National History Day (student videos welcome)

Florida History Fair (student videos welcome)

POETRY Camp   DSCN0260_2
EYEDEARS from others Jan Annino Bookseedstudio – jgaoffice@ gmail dot com
“Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things that eat you up.” —John Edgar Wideman
Author and poet ‪#‎LeslieBulion‬ talks about poems and how they
“force our brains to work transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, finding metaphor, capturing that elusive lyric line”,
Peachtree Publishers author of Random Body Parts – Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse new spring by Leslie Bulion
Michael Rosen, quoted in the blog of Sara Lewis Holmes.
Indeed, the poet W. B. Yeats said that poetry was a writer arguing with himself.
from Miss R effect –
Michale Rosen also, on teaching poetry to kiddos-
“So what’s our job as teachers? To help them master the forms? Oh, sure, to some degree. But more importantly, it’s to create exhilarating experiences, to afford enormous and unexpected pleasures, to make the writing of poetry a practice that nourishes and enlivens. A kid who loves the act…will continue it.
Will get better at it. “
May 2015 interview with No WaterRiver speaker is artist/poet
Douglas Florian interview from Renee La Tulippe
“I wish someone had told me to take my time more with my books. Today I spend more time revising and illustrating my poems. In fact, How to Draw a Dragon took two years, on and off, to create.”

From now and again poetry letters of Kristine O’Connell George
“If you don’t hear a poem spoken, it’s like never hearing a song sung.” -Ashley Bryan

Discover Poetry Friday

chickee model