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Parents and teachers of preschoolers through beginning readers, check out some of my favorite websites for inspiring your young reader! - This site contains useful material to assist  in educating for character - This site teaches letters, sound and reads stories to your child as they follow allow with highlighted text. - Features animated talking picture books that teach young children the joy of reading in a format they love. - Family fun crafts, games and parent blog - Learning site with the latest techy activities! - Many websites from animals to science to history - Teachers! Parents!  Check out this great site for free teaching resources including lesson plan and seasonal ideas, printables and more!

Happy Birthday Author - a fun website for parents and teachers to use when studying authors!

Seussville - Calling all Dr. Seuss lovers to this great website.  (Remember to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday every Mar. 2 and join the NEA celebration of Read Across America)

Media News

Henry! You're Late Again! - the iPhone mom

Mary Bleckwehl shares here school-age memories - The Standard, Allamakee County

Author Sits Down and Reads to Fans in Duluth - Northland's Newscenter, Duluth, MN

Blogtalk Radio Interview With Renee Hand Nov. 3, 2011

Henry! You're Late Again! - the Woman today

Evanson-Bleckwehl provides lessons for young children - Wartburg College Winter Magazine 2011

Northfield Teacher Publishes First Children's Book -

Waterville native publishes first children's picture book - The STANDARD, Allakamee County, Iowa

Bleckwehl publishes first book - Northfield News, Northfield, Minnesota


Click on the links below to view illustrator, Brian Barber, in action as he discusses his process of illustrating for children's books.  Notice he is drawing the dog and Miss Timberlane
characters from Henry! you're late AGAIN!

Brian Barber


Related books on being late for school

If you are a teacher and are interested in doing a themed reading/writing unit on books that have a theme of "being late for school" you might want to check these books out as well.  It's fun when students can compare and contrast characters, plots, humor, and action from one book to another.

Late for School by Steve Martin, published Sept 2010 for ages 4-8.  The famous actor/comedian has teamed with artist C.F. Payne to tell the adventures involved in getting to school.  Enclosed with the book is a CD of Martin on banjo and vocals, singing the book's story with bluegrass music.   

Almost Late for School by Carol Diggory Shields, published July 2003 for ages 4-8.  Illustrated by Paul Meisel.  A compilation of 22 poems. 

Late for School!  By Stephanie Calmenson, published Sept 2008 for ages 4-8.  Illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa.  This story is about Mr. Bungles, a teacher who overslept and is going to be late for school.  He tries rushing by car, train, bus and many other means of transportation. RhymingText