Monday, June 4, 2012

A Special Visitor for My Class

A couple years ago, one of my teacher friends introduced me to two fabulous books by Maria Dismondy. All the stars aligned recently and my class ended up winning a special visit from Maria Dismondy! You can read about how that happened by reading my recent post on TBA.

Maria is now the author of three amazing books! I've used her first two books (Spaghetti in a Hotdog Bun and Juice Box Bully) for writing lessons. I can't wait to use her newest book (Pink Tiara Cookies for Three) for a writing lesson as well. All three of her books prompted intense discussions with my students about being kind, accepting each other and fairness. You can check out her books on her website by clicking on the image below.

 Maria was so sweet to my students and explained how she became an author.  She also encouraged them to keep writing and patiently answered all of their questions about her books... while I snapped pictures like a 13 year old who just spotted Justin Bieber.  Let's face it, it's not everyday that a real author visits your classroom!

little old me and Maria Dismondy

It was an amazing opportunity and I am so grateful that Maria shared her morning with us.  She claims that she drove up to my school in our little village in a "regular" car, but I'm sure she pulled up in pink limo with her very own pink tiara.  Thank you, Maria!  We loved your visit!

Michigan teacher bloggers...stayed tuned! We're planning a Michigan Teacher Blogger Meet Up!  More details coming soon...



  1. Wow, what an awesome opportunity to meet an author. Love the gift basket idea for the silent auction. You have some generous parents.

  2. I just pinned the Juice Box Bully on pinterest actually! I cannot wait to read it to my students! Congrats on your win. How fantastic!

    Ms. Wilkie's Second Grade Class

  3. What an amazing visit! I have to check out her books. What sort of writing activities did you do after reading them? I'm always looking for writing ideas!

    Heather at TeachItToday

  4. Thank you so much for your kind words! I had a blast in your classroom...looking forward to sharing some ideas this summer! :) Maria

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