I am the author of four professional books for school
librarians, classroom teachers, and literacy coaches. My most recent book is Maximizing School Librarian Leadership: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy (2018). The focus
of the three previous books is using coteaching approaches to teach reading comprehension
strategies. The books include standards-based sample lesson plans
that highlight ways to lower the student-teacher ratio at the point
of instruction. The lessons also integrate research-based instructional
strategies. Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Elementary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact (2013), which is a revision of Collaborative Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension:
Maximizing Your Impact (2007), and Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Secondary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact (2012).
My fourth professional book Maximizing School Librarian Leadership: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy is currently in production with ALA Editions (anticipated publication date in early 2018).
I am also a published children's book author. My most recent picture book Ready and Waiting for You (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2013) is a welcome to school book for kindergarteners and primary-age children who are starting in a new school. My second book (written
for families), Read to Me/Vamos a leer, is available in English,
Spanish, bilingual Spanish-English, and Vietnamese in hardcover
and board book formats from Star Bright Books (January 2004). My
first children's picture book, Sing Down the Rain (Kiva Publishing,
1997), is currently out of print; I am searching for a new publishing home for this book.
Author and Storyteller School Visits
Desert Duets is the companion Web site for my book of two-voice poems: Desert Duets: Sonoran Desert Poems for Two Voices. This book is still serching for a publisher. I authored and illustrated the Sabino Canyon: The Web of Life
Web Site and facilitated the work of preservice educators and
graduate students on the Southwest Children's Literature Web
I maintain a poetry page with
samples of my own poetry and poems students have written. It also
includes poetry resources for educators.
I conduct research on issues related to classroom-library collaboration for instruction.
My curriculum vitae and presentations wiki archive lists my professional
publications and presentations.
As an educator, poet, and storyteller - I am always on the trail
of new stories...