Friday, April 22, 2011

Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Children’s Author Diane Kredensor

The National Writing for Children Center is a showcase for children’s book authors and illustrators. Each month, they showcase up to 12 authors and/or illustrators to let children, parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians, and others interested in the world of children’s literature know about these artists’ wonderful new children’s books. I'm excited to be a host this week for their Author Showcase and welcome everyone to Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Children's Author Diane Kredensor, who will share with us how her new picture book, Ollie & Moon covers many different aspects:

Geography: get out a map or a globe and look for Paris. These little cats LOVE to travel and there’s a whole big world out there for them to see. In the second book in the series, Ollie and Moon are in New York City. My plan is to continue to take them all over the globe, with each new city serving as a backdrop, while the stories are about a kid-relatable issue between two best buds.

Language: talk about the French words in the text, such as bonjour and brie

Social Studies: talk about different nationalities, and the different holidays, foods, traditions, and languages different cultures have. I’m thrilled about Ollie and Moon visiting different countries of the world. Their travels reflect a larger theme of Global Citizenship. By modeling curiosity about the world, Ollie and Moon help kids understand diversity.

Critical Thinking: Ollie and Moon ask questions and display critical thinking skills during their cumulative guessing game, and they’re also all about creativity! They might come up with zany solutions, like Moon’s suggestion that her surprise is “an elephant playing the French horn while juggling animals.” Ollie and Moon always keep open minds and open hearts!

Adjectives—the guessing game is a great opportunity to talk about the part of speech that qualifies a noun: a descriptor, a quality, e.g., round, musical, red, bright with lights

Friendship and conflict resolution: Even though they’re best friends, Ollie and Moon occasionally hit the proverbial bump in the road. But despite everything, they eventually pedal their bicycle down the path to greater understanding. They use humor and communication to face whatever adventures arise.

A big thanks to Diane Kredensor and the National Writing for Children Center. Be sure to follow Day 4 of Ms. Kredensor’s tour tomorrow at


  1. Diane:

    To be able to tie a picture book into the school curriculumn is key is making one's book more valuable to the teacher.


    Thanks for hosting Diane today.

    Best wishes,

  2. Donna: the story and characters came first, but the curriculum hooks were there, ready to be teased out. I'm thrilled at the prospect of making a difference for kids and teachers! thanks. —Diane