Caroline Starr Rose is back, and she’s joining me today to talk about her historical fiction, plus she’s sharing inspiration for young authors and tips for introducing novels in verse to our kids.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- the picture book she wrote about the wetlands after Hurricane Katrina
- what research looks like for a historical fiction author
- 4 novels in verse to share with younger children
- the book Sarah read-aloud… to herself!
Kids will be so inspired to hear about Caroline’s research and writing process, so gather ’round!
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Books from this episode:
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**Description from Amazon: With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and o...More info →
**Description from Amazon: Referring to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, H. L. Mencken noted that his discovery of this classic American novel was "the most stupendous event of my whole life"; Ernest Hemingway declared that "all modern American literature stems from this one book," while T. S. Eliot called Huck "one of the per...More info →
My favorite novel in verse. This book makes me want to write poetry, but mostly it just leaves me gobsmacked with what a good story and beautiful language can do to the heart. Especially wonderful on audio.
Recommended for ages 12+.
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.More info →
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
I'm a fan of everything written by Caroline Starr Rose, but this one is my favorite yet! Follow Jasper and his brother on their search for gold during the Klondike Gold Rush. It's a page-turning mystery your kids don't want to miss! Best for 10+, though younger kids can certainly listen in.More info →
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
According to legend, Will Cody (later known as America's greatest showman, Buffalo Bill) rode for the Pony Express at the age of fifteen. His most famous ride, recounted in this lyrical verse story, covered 322 miles, required 21 horses, and took over 21 hours to complete.More info →
**Description from Amazon: Publishing in time for the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, here is a beautiful read-aloud about animal families preparing for an impending storm in their bayou habitat. Journey to the Louisiana wetlands and watch as all the animals of the bayou experience one of nature’s most dramatic ...More info →
**Description from Amazon: A “wholly satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) novel in verse starring a boy, a lost dog, and a lonely old man, from Newbery Honoree Marion Dane BauerMark is a boy who needs a dog. But he can’t get his mom on board with his plan. Buddy is a dog who needs a boy. Buddy has an owner alrea...More info →
**Description from Amazon: When Eleanor's beloved babysitter, Bibi, has to move away to take care of her ailing father, Eleanor must try to bear the summer without Bibi and prepare for the upcoming school year. Her new, less-than-perfect babysitter just isn't up to snuff, and she doesn't take care of things like Bibi used to....More info →
Links from today’s show:
- RAR #15 Poetry Read-Alouds for Parents Who Are Intimidated by Poetry (Caroline’s previous episode!)
- To Build a Fire by Jack London
- More about Forrest Fenn’s Riddle
- Book darts!
- Caroline’s site
- A fun poem Caroline wrote about the Jasper research process
- Don’t miss Caroline’s picture book, Over in the Wetlands, written after Hurricane Katrina:
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