Maine Literacy Council

March Newsletter

MLC's First Digital Newsletter

"Maine Literacy Council’s mission is to facilitate literacy collaboration and learning, encourage professional growth, and support a lifetime love of reading and writing." One of the ways we work toward that mission is to communicate with other literacy-minded people. We have a WEBSITE a FACEBOOK PAGE and a TWITTER profile. We want to continue to find opportunities to reach out, connect ,and expand our "tribe"! So we'd like to share our first digital newsletter with you all.

Professional Development Opportunities

We'll try to share upcoming professional development opportunities as we become aware of them. Here are a few:
EdCamp Maine March 5th in Portland
Tanny McGregor March 11th in Portsmouth
Write Now Conference- April 2nd in North Conway, NH -Lucy Calkins (waitlist)
Reading Matters with Candace Bray University of Maine Tuesday, April 26 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Maine Dept of Ed has a Professional Development Calendar

Maine Authors' Spotlight

MLC Member Authors' Spotlight

We are so lucky to have such a talented pool of authors who call Maine home. We'd like showcase a few each month. Here are just two of many wonderful writers who are members of the Maine Literacy Council. One has just published her debut picture book and the other is a self-published writer.

Julie Falatko

Julie just published her first children's book Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) with Viking Children's Press. Illustrated by Tim Miller, Snappsy tells the story of an alligator whose "normal" day is interrupted by a meddling narrator. It's humorous, whimsical, and engaging. Perfect for read alouds! Julie has also participated in nErDcampNNE, sharing her writing craft and is available for school visits as well. Congratulations to Maine author, Julie Falatko for a fantastic debut book!

Leah Haney

Leah Haney is a self published author from Harrison, Maine. Her newest project is a children's story for the 8-10 year old age range. It follows young Ellie Woods first adventure into dog ownership. Given the responsibility of choosing a dog on her own, Ellie chooses "Muffin" a small furry Pekingese. When Ellie returns home she finds that her Dad is less then impressed with her choice and refuses to accept her new dog into the family. Will Ellie be able to convince Dad that her new dog really dose belong?

The MLC is proud to support and promote all writers. Whether you have signed a contract with a publisher, you self-publish, or you write only for yourself, we want to encourage all educators to walk the talk and be a "writing teacher".
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Read Across America

March 2nd is National Read Across America Day. The NEA (National Education Association) promotes this day of reading and celebrates the life of Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel). Many schools celebrate the entire week. Here are some resources to help you and your school.

Seussville Activities

Scholastics Top 10 Activities
Classroom Ideas

Reading Rockets Ideas

Read, Write, Think Ideas

Pinterest Ideas

March Education Challenges!

March has been host to several nationwide education challenges/initiatives that literacy-minded teachers participate in. You might want to check these out:
  • MARCH BOOK MADNESS March Book Madness is a bracket-style (think NCAA basketball championship) tournament of books.The theme of this year’s bracket will be Fantasy vs. Reality. To participate click HERE. What a great way to spread enthusiasm for reading!
  • SLICE OF LIFE CHALLENGE Since 2008, The Two Writing Teachers Blog has hosted a Slice of Life Challenge every March (#SOLC16) Teachers (or students/classrooms) are invited to blog about small personal moments that give our lives meaning. Participants are asked to sign up and post each day, as well as respond to at least 3 other posts. SOL'ers who post all 31 days will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Fill out this FORM to enter.
  • STUDENT BLOGGING CHALLENGE is for students who have their own blogs and would like to connect with other student bloggers around the world. You can register HERE and follow on Twitter #16stubc

Mainer Blogs to Follow

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The Late Bloomers Book Blog

Gigi McAllister loves to read. On her blog , The Late Bloomers Book Blog, Gigi reviews books she would positively promote. Her main interest is in middle grade novels, picture books and nonfiction that would appeal to students in K-5. Gigi is a full time teacher and mom, and she is passionate about sharing books and the love of reading. You can also follow Gigi on Twitter @GigiMcAreads

Book Buzz!

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PAX by Sara Pennypacker

Pax is a fox rescued by his boy, Peter. War causes his father to force Peter to abandon Pax. However, Pax and Peter are (as the Buddists say) "Two but not two". Can their "oneness" overcome the incredible obstacles that separate them? What truths will they discover about themselves and others? What truths will the readers discover? Pax may make you think and feel like no other book this year.

Maine Student Book Award Seeking New Committee Members

The committee meets 4 times per year (on Saturdays) in various locations around the state. They read and review MANY (100+) books appropriate for children in grades 4 - 8 all year long. Additionally they attend conferences and events around the state to promote the Maine Student Book Award throughout the year. If you are a passionate reader interested in serving on the Maine Student Book Award committee please submit a letter of introduction/interest to Jenny Stahl at

Member Suggestions

We'd love to hear from members about what is going on in Maine literacy. Contact us by email, Facebook, or Twitter and let us know your ideas.