Dublin Literacy Conference

I attended the Dublin Literacy Conference last weekend. I had the opportunity to meet a few children's authors and illustrators. I fell in love with Denise Fleming because she made me laugh. She is such an amazing and talented author and artist. I learned some "secret things" about her books that I am sharing with my students this week. She got the idea for Mama Cat Has Three Kittens when a cat decided to have kittens under her porch. So be on the lookout...you never know where you might find an idea for your next story.
Ask your child where Denise Fleming got the ideas
to write these three books.

At the conference I also met
Carole Gerber. She wrote two of my favorite books that we read when we studied trees...

Other highlights of the conference were listening to Ann Marie Corgill, author of Of Primary Importance: Essentials For Teaching, Learning, and Celebrating With Young Writers and author and illustrator Melissa Sweet. Ann Marie Corgill has 6 A's that she follows during her writing workshop: Ask, Analyze, Assist, Assess, Applaud and Advocate. I am looking forward to reading her book. I bought the book The Sleepy Little Alphabet this summer and I was excited to discover that Melissa Sweet was the illustrator. This was a very popular book at the beginning of the year because it has the word underwear in it:)


  1. So glad you got to go, Jonelle. Sounds like a great experience.

  2. How delightful to find another kindergarten teacher!!!!