“Every family’s different–each family is just right!”
Laura Purdie Salas
Welcome to the latest stop on the Blog Tour for Laura Purdie Salas’s beautiful new book, Meet My Family: Animal Babies and Their Families (Millbrook Press, 2018). When I first read Laura’s heartfelt words and saw Stephanie Fizer Coleman‘s lively illustrations, I knew this book was a perfect mentor text for student writing.
Laura was inspired to write Meet My Family by feelings she had about her own family growing up. In her interview with Kirby Larson (the link is listed below), Laura says that “my family felt very different from other families.” She hopes “this book might erase some of the shame so many kids feel about their families.”
One of my colleagues is the most amazing Kindergarten teacher on the planet, and she welcomed me into her classroom to share Laura’s book with her students and work on this writing project with them. After reading Meet My Family to the children, we talked about all the different kinds of animal families in the book. Then we talked about all the ways our own families are different. After brainstorming together, the kids wrote a sentence about their own family.
The next day, we reread the book, this time looking closely at the subtext on each page. Again, using Laura’s text as a mentor, the students added details to their writing about their family. Some chose to write about activities they do together, others wrote about favorite foods. Everyone gained an appreciation for all the different kinds of families we have!
Illustrations are a very big deal for Kindergarteners, and they couldn’t wait to start drawing their families. We even used the cover layout as a model for the cover of the book we created.
I live with my mom and dad in my house. We love to babysit my baby cousin.
I am the only child. And sometimes I go out to walk with my family.
I have three sisters. I watch TV with my sisters.
I moved across the country. Sometimes we go on hikes!
I live with my family. We go to Five Guys for burgers.
I am the smallest in my family! My family likes to bike together! I like my family!
I am the youngest in my family. I went with my family in the forest. We had fun.
I live with my brothers and my baby sister. My family likes to go to the beach.
I live with my mimi and poppy. We like to go out to dinner.
I have one sister. After school we go to gymnastics. It is tiring and it is fun.
I live with my mom and my brothers. We play Manhunt outside. I am fast.
My brother is eight and I am five. My baby sister is two. I live with my Nana and my PopPop, my puppy and cats.
I live with my mommy and dad and my baby sister, too. After school I help mom and dad make chicken for dinner.
These Kindergarten students are very proud to share their work today, and are already busy planning their next writing project. Thank you, Laura, for writing this informative, inspiring book!
Thanks to Laura’s generosity, one lucky reader will win a copy of Meet My Family! Just leave a comment before midnight, Thursday, March 22nd, to be entered in the drawing.
To find out more about Laura and this wonderful book, be sure to visit the other stops on the Meet My Family Blog Tour:
- February 23: Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
- March 2nd: Kirby Larson
- March 5th: Melissa Stoller at This Writing Life
- March 7th: Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
- March 15th: Colby Sharp at One Question
The tour has two more upcoming stops! Don’t miss them!
- March 28th: Susan Apps-Bodilly will share student work on Laura’s blog, Writing the World for Kids.
- April 11th: Melissa Stewart at Celebrate Science
A Classroom Guide is available to download here.
Thank you to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Melanie, and Lanny for creating this community and providing this space for teachers and others to share their stories every day in March and each Tuesday throughout the year. Be sure to visit Two Writing Teachers to read more Slice of Life posts.