Resources mentioned in my talks at the Brave Writer Retreat, July 2016


Hello, lovely Brave Writer Moms!

I so enjoyed meeting you all at the Retreat and hearing all your stories. Here’s the resource page I promised. 🙂 Post-retreat update in progress! I’ll be continuing to add links all week as time permits. Please feel free to ping me with any additional questions.

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“Tidal Homeschooling” Keynote

Part of this talk was broadcast on Periscopeyou can view it here.

The Tidal Homeschooling metaphor was born on this blog in 2006. Here’s a master list of my many Tidal Learning posts from the past eleven (!) years.

(resource links coming soon)


“Comics Make You Smart” Talk

Part of this talk was broadcast on Periscopeyou can view it here.

Gotham Adventures by Scott Peterson (my brilliant hubby)—Batman comics aimed at young readers. These came out monthly in the ’90s and are now available in digital editions. (The books at this link that say “by Ty Templeton” were edited by Scott; the others were written by him.)

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson—of course these need no introduction! We have several collections and have checked out many others from the library. You can’t go wrong with Calvin.

American Born Chinese by Gene Yang

Boxers and Saints by Gene Yang

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm

Babymouse series by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm

Squish series by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm

Zita the Spacegirl series by Ben Hatke

Bird & Squirrel by James Burks

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci

Owly by Andy Runton

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword and sequels by Barry Deutsch

Bake Sale by Sara Varon

Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Tintin by Hergé

Oz graphic novels — excellent adaptations by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young

(Here’s a detailed post I wrote about this series)

Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists

(Here’s a post I wrote for about this fabulous collection!)

Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists

(I interviewed one of the cartoonists here. Unfortunately it seems GeekMom’s migration to GeekDad has broken the images.)

Fable Comics


Some awesome nonfiction graphic novels:

Around the World by Matt Phelan

Lewis & Clark by Nick Bertozzi

The U.S. Constitution by Jonathan Henessey

A few recommendations for older readers:

Bone series by Jeff Smith

The Eternal Smile by Gene Yang and Derek Kirk Kim

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

(additional links coming soon)


“Books for Breakfast, Literature for Lunch” Workshop


Favorite Poems Old and New
Poetry for Young People series
Joyful Noise, Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
I Am Phoenix by Paul Fleischman

Poetry 180
Writers Almanac
Poetry Friday
Comprehensive list of librarian, reviewer, author, illustrator, and publisher blogs at Kidlitosphere Central

Resources for Finding Great Books:
Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt
The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
Cybils Awards shortlists
Good Comics for Kids

My Book Recs page
My email Bookletter (currently in hiatus but old issues are accessible)

Shakespeare in Eleven Steps (Mental Multivitamin)

Book Blogs (too many to list!):
Jen Robinson’s Book Page
Nerdy Book Club
Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac
The Niblings (Facebook page)

Some Read-Alouds My Family Loves (you’ll find many many more at my Book Recs page):

By the Great Horn Spoon
The Great Turkey Walk
Understood Betsy
The Firelings
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
The Bat-Poet

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