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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Current Issue

Miss Colfax's Light Interview Aimee Bissonette Eileen Ryan Ewen Nancy Johnson Visiting Brigadoon Writing Road Trip with Lisa Bullard

Bookstorm™: Miss Colfax’s Light

Miss Colfax's Light

  We are pleased to feature Miss Colfax’s Light as our June book selection, in which author Aimée Bissonette and illustrator Eileen Ryan Ewen tell the fascinating story of a woman who served as the Michigan City Lighthouse keeper from 1861 to 1904. Captains and navigators on Lake Michigan relied on her lighthouse to keep them from [...]


Aimée Bissonette

Aimée Bissonette

In this interview with Aimée Bissonette, author of Miss Colfax’s Light, our Bookstorm™ this month, we asked about writing and researching this nonfiction picture book biography.  Aimée, thank you for sharing your experiences and discoveries with our readers. We’re excited about this book that showcases an Everyday Hero, one of America’s female lighthouse keepers. When you were writing [...]


Eileen Ryan Ewen

Miss Colfax's Light

Miss Colfax’s Light is a perfect example of the text and illustrations enhancing each other to make a picture book biography that is more than the sum of its parts. With our interview, we hope to help you look more deeply at Eileen Ryan Ewen’s illustrations.


Wolf Sighting

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It is not often that I get a call such as I just did. The call came Larry McCoy, who holds a doctorate in theology, and teaches philosophy at the Steamboat, Colorado Community College. He also builds log houses and has a dog named “Helen.” That’s the way folks are here in Routt County.  He [...]


No, Thank You

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“Thank” “You Jason.” Three simple words on a cake … an analogy for one of my greatest inner conflicts as an educator. One morning in March I stopped at Sam’s Club on my way to school to pick up a cake. A celebration honoring a colleague was taking place that day. I quickly found a [...]


Gardening and Farming Delights

Farmer Duck

  Jackie: At last—we made it to spring and all the usual accoutrements have shown up—lilacs, violets, the smell of apple blossoms, and thoughts of sprouting seeds and growing vegetables.  How could we not look at picture books about gardens and farming this month? I have to confess, Phyllis, I did not know of Miss [...]


I must go to Scotland

Lynne Jonell

In which our heroine suddenly realizes she must get to Scotland to research Castle Menzies.


WHY ???

Lynne Jonell

Whenever I write, this happens. WHY ???


Dear Poet: Notes to a Young Writer

Charles Ghigna (photo: Scott Pierce)

This month Charles Ghigna, well-known as the poet Father Goose, offers “Dear Poet: Notes to a Young Writer.” There is much to ponder here, no matter what your age might be, but young writers especially will find these words of encouragement to be useful and inspirational. For example: Trustyour instinctsto write. Questionyour reasonsnot to. How [...]


Look at how we’re teaching nonfiction!

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As another school year winds to a close, I’m feeling encouraged about the state of nonfiction reading and writing in elementary classrooms across the country. In 2010, when the Common Core State Standards were introduced, educators began asking me for ideas and strategies for implementing the Reading Informational Text standards. And they were hungry for [...]


Skinny Dip with Nancy Johnson

Nancy Johnson

We are pleased to share a Skinny Dip with Nancy Johnson, professor, children’s/young adult literature and English/ language arts education, Western Washington University.


Skinny Dip with April Halprin Wayland

April Halprin Wayland

Today we welcome author and educator April Halprin Wayland to Bookology. Her most recent picture book, More Than Enough, is a story about Passover. April was one of nine Instructors of the Year honored by the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, Creative Writing. Which celebrity, living or not, do you wish would invite you to a coffee shop? I [...]


Driving Past Effingham

Lisa Bullard

A surefire revision tactic: reading something out loud ensures that students will hear mistakes they have never noticed before.


The Sandwich Swap

The Sandwich Swap

Normally, I spurn picture books written by celebrities, be they actors or royalty or what have you. If it’s a person in the headlines, I quite assume they could not possibly write a worthy picture book. The only exception on my shelves, I believe (and I realize there are other exceptions! Feel free to leave [...]


Visiting Brigadoon

Vermont College of Fine Arts

Steve and I returned earlier this week from Montpelier, Vermont, where we spoke at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, specifically to the alumni of their Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program. We were there to talk about “Marketing as Storytelling,” with the goal of making these typically introverted writers feel more comfortable [...]


Lighthouse Beef Stew

Lighthouse Beef Stew

We wouldn’t be surprised if Travis’s grandmother had a frozen version of this hotdish stored next to the state fair butterhead. This recipe is a staple across the Midwest.


Journeying Inside

Lisa Bullard

A surefire revision tactic: reading something out loud ensures that students will hear mistakes they have never noticed before.