I’m excited to have Chrys Fey’s Mom (an author grandma–yay!), Elaine Kaye, as my guest today on WordDreams. She writes the Gregory Green Adventure children’s series and has her story newest out, Halloween Ride, just in time for the holiday. Elaine today discusses how she got started reading books to kids, using her friend, Sammy, to help:
When my kids were in elementary school, there was a program called Apple Core for volunteer parents. That’s how I started working as a volunteer in the school’s media center. I was given the chance to read to classes. But not just any books. My books! The ones I wrote, illustrated, lamented, and bound into small books myself. I would also bring Sammy, a Cabbage Patch Doll that inspired the teddy bear in my stories. As I read to the children, I would play with Sammy, letting him act out the things the characters did in my stories.
I also read other stories to these classes, not just the ones about Gregory and Sammy. Slow Poke was a story I read often, and I even gave the children a project to do afterward, allowing them to draw the characters in the story.
I went from being a volunteer to a teacher’s aide at two schools. Later, when my youngest daughter was in fourth grade, I visited her class to do a special reading of the original version of Pea Soup Disaster. Sammy came with me then, too, but he had an embarrassing moment. His pants fell down in the middle of the story. Just image the uproar that caused among a room full of fourth graders.
Blurb on Halloween Ride
One Halloween night, Gregory and his teddy bear Sammy go trick-or-treating, hoping for lots and lots of candy. But Sammy is scared of everything and is constantly asking, “What’s that?” Gregory gets annoyed until one of those things turns out to be a flying broomstick. And this broom wants them to go for a ride. Where will it take them?
*Story picture book for ages 4-8.
Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup. Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and Born in a Treacherous Time, first in the Man vs. Nature collection. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Survival of the Fittest, Spring 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.