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Recently, I gave a behind-the-scenes peak at a project I am working on. It’s an adventurous writing prompt journal for kids I hope to create and publish within the next few months.
Unfortunately, I haven’t done much work with it since writing the behind-the-scenes peak post, but I hope to get back to work on it again soon.
In the meantime, I did attend my SCBWI monthly writer meeting, wrote about 5 interactive educational children’s books, wrote my monthly post for Hands On As We Grow, compiled a list of 55 books about dads for Father’s Day (which will be published next week), wrote and submitted 3 short poems to a children’s magazine, revised a manuscript which I had critiqued at my writer meeting, revised that manuscript again and submitted it to a few literary agents, and researched a couple of publishers and submitted a different manuscript to them.
I also read Making a Living Writing Books for Kids by Laura Purdie Salas, which I highly recommend for anyone interested in “earning a livable income through writing, editing, and speaking about writing and books” (as stated in the book). I ended up highlighting quite a bit of text within the book to refer back to later.
I really haven’t made much money on my writing adventure yet, but I hope to gradually increase my income as I continue my writing journey. After reading Making a Living Writing Books for Kids, I decided to implement a few ideas right away. I hope to share more about some of those ideas in a future post, but the one that I wanted to share with you today is a teacher’s guide I created for Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles.
In Making a Living Writing Books for Kids, Laura Purdie Salas mentions creating teacher’s guides for other people’s books to make some money. Although it won’t bring in any additional money for me, I thought it would be fun to create a teacher’s guide for Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles. So, I did.
The teacher’s guide is 21 pages long and offers activities for reading, science, math, social studies, and art that correspond with the book Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles.
It also includes the How to Make Pickles cut and paste activity with an answer key and all four coloring pages.
I wish I would have created the teacher’s guide before Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles was chosen for the 2019 Read Across Connecticut program, so it could have been used in the classrooms at that time. But, I didn’t have it done then. I hope there are others who are able to get some use from it in classrooms and at home now that it is available.
You are welcome to print a free copy of the Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles Teacher’s Guide. It is also available on the Fun Extras page along with some other activity ideas to do along with Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles.
If you do print a copy of the teacher’s guide, please let me know your thoughts about it and if you have any suggestions for improvements.
Who knows…maybe I will create teacher’s guides for other author’s books in the future if anyone is interested.
Do you think having teacher’s guides for children’s books are beneficial?