Sunday, February 24, 2013

Summer in the City Book Tour

Click HERE for a complete list of tour dates

I’m so excited to tell you about a new picture book, Summer  In the City by Kathleen Wainwright. But first I want to give you a little background on the author Kathleen. Kathleen is my blogging buddy. We started our blogs around the same time, and we hit it off immediately.  I consider her a dear friend, and I’m so honored to be asked to host one of the stops on the Virtual Book Tour. She is an amazing person with many accomplishments including being a National Board Certified teacher. I’m so proud of her latest accomplishment as a children’s book author.
Now to the book review. Summer in the City is a captivating picture book based on author Kathleen Wainwright’s childhood growing up in the city. She brings back memories of a simpler time before Wiis and IPhones. A time when kids had to invent their own entertainment. Kids and adults alike will be able to make text to self connections with this beloved picture book. The teaching possibilities for this book are endless.  Check out the book trailer. and I know you will fall in love with this book, just as I did.
You will recognize the name of the illustrator, Nancy Devard. She is the illustrator of the Coretta Scott King award winning book, The Secret Olivia Told.  Summer in the City is one of the most beautifully illustrated books I’ve seen in a long time. The illustrations will take your breath away.
There are two ways to purchase this book, and personally I want both. First, the hardback version which includes a pair of jacks and jump rope, when purchased directly from her site. Or the e-book version from TpT which includes a Teacher’s Reading Companion and Comprehension Kit. 
Kathleen is making it so easy for teachers to incorporate this book into their lesson plans.  And just for my readers she has made this great Bio Poem freebie. As a teacher herself, she knows what a teacher wants!
She is generously donating 10 copies of her book in a giveaway. To enter you need to like  the SITC Facebook page. You don’t want to miss out on this giveaway!
Kathleen is going to be Skyping with my class in a few weeks. I’m SO excited! My students don’t get many opportunities to meet real authors. If you order a minimum of 12 paperbacks, you too can have a free Skype visit with your class! Just visit her contact page to request information. 

Tomorrow Rachel Reyna will be sharing a reading comprehension resource that she designed for Summer in the City. This is a test prep resource that can be used all year round.

Be sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win!

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Kathleen Wainwright is a dedicated teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. She received her bachelor’s of Science degree in education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and her master’s in education with a focus in literacy, from West Chester University, in West Chester, PA. Kathleen also teaches literacy courses to aspiring teachers at Temple University and developmental reading courses to incoming freshman at Delaware County Community College. “This story captures a typical summer’s day for me and my friends growing up in the 80’s! Every time I read it I travel back to some of my favorite childhood memories.” Kathleen recently earned National Board Certification in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts (Early and Middle Childhood). She enjoys sharing her personal teaching experiences and educational resources in her blog, The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher (

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