Growing up, The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton was my favorite children's book. Born in Sendai, Japan, I attended thirteen schools around the U.S. and then graduating from East Anchorage High School. Just like The Little House, I understood how some things remain constant even as one's surroundings change.
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book, Anita Silvey (2009), was the inspiration for my introduction. When we show students how to "read like writers," we help them craft and structure their own writing." By sharing our own writing, we demonstrate the writing process in an authentic way.