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Welcome to the world of Cynthia Rylant Favorite Series Children’s Books Young Adult Award Winners Sample Chapter Activities Poetry Young Readers Information About Cynthia Rylant Resources
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History <ul><li>Cynthia Rylant was born in 1954 in Illinois. </li></ul><ul><li>She moved to West Virginia when she was four and a half years old. </li></ul><ul><li>She was left with her grand parents while her mother persued a degree in nursing. </li></ul><ul><li>During her formative years her idols were The Beatles and Bobby Kennedy. </li></ul><ul><li>Her education history is on a different slide </li></ul><ul><li>She didn’t read much growing up, mostly comic books and dimestore novels. </li></ul><ul><li>She started writing after getting a job in a library and working in the children’s section. </li></ul><ul><li>Her first manuscript sold in two months. </li></ul><ul><li>She has written over 100 children’s books. </li></ul><ul><li>She loves animals, taking walks, movies (while eating lots of popcorn and chocolate), collecting teapots and quilts. </li></ul><ul><li>She rearranges her furniture A LOT! </li></ul>
Education <ul><li>Morris Harvey College </li></ul><ul><li>Marshall University-Master’s in English </li></ul><ul><li>Kent State University-MLS </li></ul>
What Kids Think <ul><li>When a class of First Grade children were asked if they had ever read Henry and Mudge all 21 kids had read at least ONE Henry and Mudge book, most had read more than one. Here is what the kids said about why they like to read Henry and Mudge books. </li></ul><ul><li>Mudge does goofy stuff </li></ul><ul><li>I like Mudge, “He’s Cool” </li></ul><ul><li>They are funny </li></ul><ul><li>They go on trips and stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Some were funny and interesting, expecially when they went out West. </li></ul><ul><li>Because they had good endings </li></ul><ul><li>Cause Mudge keeps getting stuck and has fun </li></ul><ul><li>They always have an adventure </li></ul><ul><li>They are fun to listen to. </li></ul><ul><li>They were always friends and cared for eachother. </li></ul><ul><li>They are not just about Henry and Mudge, it’s about everyday life. </li></ul>
What Teachers Think <ul><li>In a recent poll of six Kindergarten and First Grade teachers all six teachers said they use Cynthia Rylant books in their classroom. When asked what early reader books they use in their rooms, four of the six teachers responded Henry and Mudge books without being prompted. Here is why they use Henry and Mudge books. </li></ul><ul><li>Kids like them </li></ul><ul><li>They are realistic fiction – kids relate to them </li></ul><ul><li>The books capture the kids interest </li></ul><ul><li>They get used to the patterns of the books </li></ul><ul><li>There is a real story in each book </li></ul><ul><li>They don’t read like early reader books </li></ul><ul><li>Laugh out loud funny </li></ul><ul><li>Appeal to both children and adults </li></ul><ul><li>The books use high frequency words and fit into the writing programs we use in school. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a natural progression from picture books to chapter books that allows the children to feel successful with their reading. </li></ul>
Her Dog Actually, Cynthia Rylant has several animals in her life. The dog in the picture is her dog Martha Jane, she also has another dog named Leia, and two cats named Blueberry and Edward Velvetpaws. Martha Jane- loves pizza, chasing tennis balls and sleeping on the couch. Leia - is a black and white dog that loves running in circles. Blueberry - loves food and that’s about it! Edward Velvetpaws- loves chipmunks, unfortunately they don’t love him back.
Young Readers Miss Maggie Every Living Thing All I See Appalachia: The Voice of Sleeping Birds An Angel for Solomon Singer The Blue Hill Meadows Gooseberry Park Silver Packages Thimbleberry Stories The Whale The Eagle The Turtle The Storm
Poetry Soda Jerk Boris Waiting to Waltz God Went To Beauty School Something Permanent
Favorite Series Books Cobble Street Series High Rise Private Eyes Series Henry and Mudge Mr. Putter and Tabby Annie and Snowball
Henry and Mudge Henry and Mudge in the Family Trees (September 1998) Henry and Mudge and the Sneaky Crackers (February 1999) Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night (May 1999) Henry and Mudge and Annie's Good Move (January 2000) Henry and Mudge and the Snowman Plan (October 2000) Henry and Mudge and Annie's Perfect Pet (February 2001) Henry and Mudge and the Tall Tree House (December 2003) Henry and Mudge and Mrs. Hopper's House (January 2004) Henry and Mudge and the Wild Goose Chase (April 2004) Henry and Mudge and the Funny Lunch (April 2005) Henry and Mudge and a Very Merry Christmas (October 2005) Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas (June 2006) Henry and Mudge and the Tumbling Trip (October 2006) Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover (May 2007) Henry and Mudge: The First Book (1987) Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble (1987) Henry and Mudge in the Green Time (1987) Henry and Mudge Under the Yellow Moon (1987) Henry and Mudge in the Sparkle Days (1988) Henry and Mudge and the Forever Sea (1989) Henry and Mudge Get the Cold Shivers (1989) Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat (1990) Henry and Mudge and the Bedtime Thumps (1991) Hanry and Mudge Take the Big Test (1991) Henry and Mudge and the Long Weekend (1992) Henry and Mudge and the Wild Wind (1993) Henry and Mudge and the Careful Cousin (1994) Henry and Mudge and the Best Day of All (1995)
Mr. Putter and Tabby 1994 Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea 1994 Mr. Putter and Tabby Walk the Dog 1994 Mr. Putter and Tabby Bake the Cake 1995 Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears 1997 Mr. Putter and Tabby Fly the Plane 1997 Mr. Putter and Tabby Row the Boat 1998 Mr. Putter and Tabby Take the Train 1998 Mr. Putter and Tabby Toot the Horn 2000 Mr. Putter and Tabby Paint the Porch 2001 Mr. Putter and Tabby Feed the Fish 2002 Mr. Putter and Tabby Catch the Cold 2003 Mr. Putter and Tabby Stir the Soup 2004 Mr. Putter and Tabby Write the Book 2005 Mr. Putter and Tabby Make a Wish 2006 Mr. Putter and Tabby Spin the Yarn 2007 Mr. Putter and Tabby See the Stars
Annie and Snowball Annie and Snowball and the dress up Birthday Annie and Snowball and the Pink Surprise Annie and Snowball and the Prettiest House Annie and Snowball and the Teacup Club Annie and Snowball and the Shining Star Annie and Snowball and the Cozy Nest
Cobble Street Cousins Summer Party Special Gifts Wedding Flowers Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen Some Good News A Little Shopping
High Rise Private Eyes The Case of the Climbing Cat The Case of the Fidgety Fox The Case of the Puzzling Possum The Case of the Missing Monkey The Case of the Troublesome Turtle The Case of the Baffled Bear The Case of the Desperate Duck The Case of the Sleepy Sloth
Children’s Books When I was Young in the Mountains This Year’s Garden Night in the Country Christmas in the Country The Relatives Came Birthday Presents Children of Christmas Mr. Griggs’ Work Best Wishes The Old Woman Who named Things Dog Heaven Cat Heaven The Bookshop Dog The Whales Bear Day The Bird House Bless us All Scarecrow Tulip Sees America Bunny Bungalow The Cookie-Store Cat Give Me Grace In November The Wonderful Happens Good Morning Sweetie Pie The Great Gracie Chase Let’s Go Home The Ticky-Tacky Doll Long Night Moon The Stars will Shine Tonight Puppies and Piggies If You’ll Be My Valentine
Little Whistle Little Whistle’s Christmas Little Whistle Little Whistle’s Dinner Party Little Whistle’s Medicine
Poppleton Poppleton Everyday Poppleton Forever Poppleton and Friends Poppleton in Fall Poppleton in Winter Poppleton in Spring Poppleton Has Fun Poppleton
The Everyday Series Everyday Town Everyday Garden Everyday Children Everyday House Everyday Pets
Award Winners Missing May : Newberry Medal/Boston Globe/Horn Honor Book A Fine White Dust : Newberry Honor When I was Young in the Mountains : Caldecott Award The Relatives Came : Caldecott Award/Boston Globe/Horn Honor Book Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds : Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book A Kindness : Best Book for young Adults by ALA Soda Jerk : Best Book for Young Adults by ALA A Couple of Kooks : Best Book for Young Adults by ALA
Young Adult A Blue-Eyed Daisy A Fine White Dust A Kindness But I’ll Be Back Again: An Album A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories About Love Soda Jerk Missing May I had Seen The Dreamer The Van Gogh Café Margaret, Frank, and Andy: Three Writer’s Stories The Islander The Heavenly Village Old Town in the Green Groves Ludie’s Life
Resources <ul><li>http://www.kidsreads.com/authors/au-rylant-cynthia.asp </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.harcourtbooks.com/authorinterviews/bookinterview_rylant.asp </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.orrt.org/rylant/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://speccoll.library.kent.edu/children/rylant.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_Rylant </li></ul><ul><li>Peach Plains Elementary School, Grand Haven, MI, for interviews of teachers and children. </li></ul>
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