Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Welcoming our Newest TeachingAuthor!

I mentioned a few weeks ago that a new TeachingAuthor will be filling in for Mary Ann while she's gone. Today, I'm happy to welcome our newest TA (drumroll please!):

Although I've only met Laura virtually, through reading her blog posts, and via email and telephone, I can already tell she'll be a wonderful addition to our team. In case you don't know Laura or her work, here's a brief bio:
Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 120 books for kids and teens, including two recent books from Millbrook Press: Water Can Be ... and A Leaf Can Be ... (Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers' Choice, Minnesota Book Award Finalist, Riverby Award for Nature Books for Young Readers, and more), and Bookspeak! Poems About Books, published by Clarion (Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable, Bank Street Best Book, Eureka! Gold Medal, and more). She loves to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate to, no matter what their age, mood, and personality, and she loves to get teachers excited about sharing poetry in their classrooms. She has also written numerous nonfiction books.
That's right, she's written over 120 books! Pretty amazing.

You can read more about Laura and her work at her website. You can also Like her on Facebook and/or Follow her on Twitter @LauraPSalas or check out her writing coaching and critiquing services through Mentors for Rent.

I hope you'll give Laura a hearty welcome when she posts here for the first time on Friday.

Also, be sure to join us again later this month when we celebrate the official release of her beautiful new book,  Water Can Be ... .

Happy Writing!


Jeanne Marie Grunwell Ford said...

Welcome, Laura! I'm a huge fan, and I look forward to reading your posts here.

Esther Hershenhorn said...

Laura Purdie Salas is my fellow TeachingAuthor!
I need to write a poem to appropriately welcome her.
I'll work on it. :)

Jill said...

Woo-hoo! Welcome, Laura!

laurasalas said...

Aw, thanks! I'm so honored to be here with these fabulous and warm writers! And, Esther, I'll be waiting for that poem:>)

Linda B said...

Wow, Laura, you are here too! This (along with yours) is one of my favorite websites! So much learning goes on! You'll be a wonderful addition to the group! Best wishes to you!

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April Halprin Wayland said...

Whoa...I'm still trying to catch my breath from..."120 books"...!!!!

Need someone to do something? Ask a busy person!

So glad you've joined us, Laura <3

Susan B James said...

Welcome to Laura! Looking forward to reading er posts.

The Pen and Ink Blogspot said...

Welcome, Laura. Know you will be a wonderful addition.

Margaret Simon said...

Love Laura and her beautiful books and her blog! So happy to see her here too. Welocme to you, Laura.

Charles Waters said...


jan godown annino said...

Teaching Authors can be...

Spilling down the page
Zinging off the screen
Scurrying into my lap

Much cheering the arrival of TA I admire, while missing bizee Mary Ann.

Brava Laura Purdie Salas.

Esther Hershenhorn said...

here's my promised Laura Purdie Salas Poem:

Laura Purdie Salas, Poet.
We're lucky you're here
and we all know it! :)

Yay! and Welcome! and Thank You!