Quiet Sunday Reading


I think Jennifer Chiaverini’s true gift as a writer is bringing historical fiction to life. I much prefer her books that are set in the past (The Runaway Quilt was a winner for sure), and I seek them out when a new one is published. The Sypmistress one of the her latest. I’m spending my quiet Sunday reading it. It looks good and I can’t wait to dive in.

What’s your quiet Sunday reading?



Highlights from CCIRA 2014


This year’s conference was outstanding. Friday was full of thrills and revelations. Here are the highlights:

– I sat in on a session led by Sharon Draper. I loved her book, Out of My Mind, but who hasn’t? She was a great, dynamic advocate for literacy. I appreciated how she writes for a wide age range. After her presentation I picked up copies of Tears of a Tiger and one of the Sassy books. The last one will be for my niece’s birthday.

Sharon Draper @ CCIRA

Sharon Draper @ CCIRA

– Lunch was with the Fonz. Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver were the guest speakers and they were fantastic! They had great rapport with each other and with the audience. I enjoyed hearing about their writing process and how collaborative it is. It was so rewarding listening to these great, funny individuals.


– In the afternoon I spent two hours with Donalyn Miller, reading advocate and teacher. Most of her presentation involved points from her newest book. I spoke with her afterward and asked about how to approach parents who think “reading all the time” is a waste of class time. She pointed me in the direction of the the book Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers by Penny Kittle for research to support my discussions with those one or two parents. I can’t wait to read it.

Donalyn Miller listening patiently to my fan-girling.

Donalyn Miller listening patiently to my fan-girling.

Donalyn Miller

Donalyn Miller

What a great conference! Can’t wait until 2015!

Surviving NaNoWriMo: CCIRA 2014 Presentation

One of the great things about CCIRA is being able to learn from other professionals. I decided to share my experiences using National Novel Writing Month with students at this years conference. Below you’ll find the slide show presentation I used minus pictures of people. Feel free to comment or email me if you have questions. I’ll also be doing a separate post regarding the writing games I use. Watch for that!

Ccira 2014 surviving na nowrimo from Beth Claycomb

The Thursday Three – CCIRA Edition

Today’s highlights:

-Common Core was the theme of the day

Divergent won the Colorado Blue Spruce Award (that was my guess)

-Patricia Polacco autographed my copy of Pink & Say



CCIRA – Literacy Conferences and You


Who’s ready to Embrace the Future, Respect the Past?

I sure am.

That’s the theme of this year’s CCIRA (Colorado Council of the International Reading Association) Conference on Literacy.

I’m going to be there. Maybe even with bells on.

I’ll be presenting on Friday, so I’ll have a report about that.

Stay tuned and keep reading.

Guess Who’s A World Book Night Giver?

This girl!!!! I just found out today! This will be the third year I’ve been a giver. I’ll be handing out copies of Code Named Verity by Elizabeth Wein. It’s a stellar book! Check it out if you haven’t read it yet.

World Book Night

World Book Night

More to come about World Book Night. Check out the links below for more information about this great literacy event.

World Book Night U.S.A.

Quiet Sunday Reading – Super Bowl Sunday Version

True confession: I’ve only watched one Super Bowl in my life. I think the Cowboys were playing?

Another confession: I don’t even really care for the commercials.

Since my hometown team is in the big game this year, I’m going to listen to the game via streaming and I am interested in the winner. Go Broncos!

But watch the game? Afraid not.

So what am I doing on Super Bowl Sunday? Reading a mystery novel! This one is from my all time favorite mystery writer, Elizabeth Peters. Here’s why she’s worth checking out:

– She creates great female characters. Not just sleuths, but women you’d like to get to know or be friends with or be in your book club. My favorite is Jacqueline Kirby. She’s got so much confidence! She just oozes it. Check out this description from Naked Once More, the novel I’m currently reading:

“She had enough ego to remain unscorched by the withering winds of abuse that would undoubtedly assail her.”

– Ms. Peters has a way with words. I love how she crafts a sentence.

– Exotic settings abound! Her most famous character, Mrs. Amelia Peabody Emerson, travels through turn-of-the-century Egypt. Vicky Bliss, another fantastic character, globe-trots from her home in Germany.

– There are exciting mysteries and plot twists in every book. I love a good mystery, and I can always rely on Ms. Peters for a nice cozy story. . . with a dead body at the center of the plot.

Naked Once More by Elizabeth Peters

Naked Once More by Elizabeth Peters

I wonder if Jacqueline would have watched the big game or found something else to do?

What’s on your Super Bowl Sunday reading list?