"Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. A hilarious story that will revolt and delight bumptious, unreachable intermediate-grade boys and any other less particular mortals that read or listen to it.... Colorful, original writing in a much-needed comic vein."--Booklist.
In 2007, I held a really successful party following a series of programs in which I read "How to Eat Fried Worms" to a group of 1st-5th graders. As I recall, the movie had recently been released and some promotional materials like bookmarks and activities arrived on my desk. I planned to show the movie, but I wanted to read the book to the kids first. And then, of course, we needed a party.
Also, this was held around Earth Day and I thought that I could probably combine some ideas about how to celebrate that with this book. What better way than to make a worm farm? I'll admit, these took some preparation to prepare since I was trying to minimize the dirt mess that I envisioned if the kids were to build these themselves. But if you are outside, then of course, they could do it themselves. But we were indoors, so I had the farms ready to welcome their new worm inhabitants. The kids chose their own worms.
This wraps it up. I had to use this photo from ALA's website because it will always remind me of the adventure we shared. The weathermen noted it as the fifth worst snowstorm in Chicago. A blizzard, in fact. But did that stop the librarians? Well, yes and no. You see, the weather wasn't bad at all until it began snowing Sunday. The day my Sibert Committee meeting was scheduled. By this time the conference was in full swing, with exhibits and key notes and meetings and award ceremonies continuing from Friday. Mine was a late afternoon meeting, and since I live relatively close (my home in Ohio is normally about a 5-hour drive) I planned to drive up Sunday morning, attend my meeting, and return home Monday morning.
Well, that didn't go quite as planned.
I am a writer of Children's and Young Adult books. I received my MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and am an active member of SCBWI. I also have my MLS in Library Science with an emphasis on children and happily worked as a Children's Librarian for nearly 20 years. One of my favorite activities was reading books aloud to kids, especially to school-aged kids. Like the kids, I enjoy having stories read to me, so I listen to many of my books on audio and serve on audio judging committees.
Another favorite activity is creating fun snacks for library programs, friends, and family. I do that a lot and continually search for more ideas.
I have a tiny brown tabby cat named Gypsy, who originally belonged to my brother and sister-in-law, a very large Russian Blue mix named Bosley from the shelter who has quickly made himself at home, and a new puppy named Prince Albert. He's a Cavapoo, which means he's part Cavalier King Charles and part poodle, and adorable. I am married and live in Dayton, Ohio with my husband Rod.
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