As growing writers, we are all students. Learning only stops when we adopt fixed mindsets. Reviewing a piece of literature helps us look through critical, explorative eyes, learning from the strengths and weaknesses of each piece. Imagine the ownership that takes place when elementary writers try their hands at reviews. Like getting a drivers' license for the first time, students appreciate this freedom to express their opinions and excitement.
Lori Degman's newest book, Like a Girl, releases today and with it comes a grand feeling of empowerment. What better way to celebrate this amazing picture book than to allow students' to speak on its behalf. Happy Book Birthday to Lori Degman!
We can learn a lot from our readers. Have you considered putting the process of inquiry to work by adopting a test-group of students for your work-in-progress? Or allowing them to review your newly published material? Their insight might surprise you, as witnessed from the second, third, and fourth grade girls below. Read and review on, girls!
Carrie Charley Brown
As a children’s writer, and a teacher, my goal is to help you carry on. Sometimes learning is challenging, so why go it alone? Your journey will be more meaningful and comfortable with friends to share it with. Together, we'll get up close and personal with authors, illustrators, and the best of picture books. If we work together, great things will follow!