Author studies

Whew!  The last weekend of summer is over and I am ready for the fall!  Homemade applesauce, chili, cooler air, falling leaves, and of course FOOTBALL!!  I will miss the summer, but I do love the fall!  Also, I received the email this morning….I am officially a certified teacher in California!  While I do not plan on going back into the classroom at this time, it is nice to know that I can when/if I am ready to go back.

I have decided to create author studies this year.  I think author studies not only help readers make connections, but they can help them  become better writers.  The kids can really analyze what “real” authors do in their writing and can use them as mentors to help improve their writing.  I believe author studies are beneficial at ANY grade level.  In order to fit in multiple author studies in a school year, I have focused on picture books.  I have some authors in mind already, but would love any feedback you may have as well.  What authors have you studied in the past?  What authors are your favorite?

My list so far:


Kevin Henkes

Gail Gibbons

Patricia Polacco (could be either)

Eric Carle

Jane Yolen (could be either)

Jan Brett

Tomie De Paola

Cynthia Rylant

Robert Munsch



Patricia Polacco (could be either)

Jane Yolen (could be either)

Eve Bunting

Chris Van Allsburg

Jacqueline Woodson

Seymour Simon (nonfiction)

Jean Fritz (nonfiction)


Let me know your thoughts and ideas!  Have a great (short) week!






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