Saturday, April 11, 2020

Pandemic Productions: The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, Chapter 1, Part 1

The other day I forced myself to change into Real Clothes (not PJs), comb my hair, and put on lipstick so that I could continue with my Pandemic Productions: this time making an "author readaloud" of my historical novel for young readers, The Riddle of Penncroft Farm.

(Note: there is a free teaching guide available for this book. I have posted it on my website, on the "For Teachers" page. Here's the link:

Here is the first part of the first chapter: enjoy!

If this video does not play on your device,  use this Vimeo link to watch it directly:

Pandemic Productions: A Buss from Lafayette, Chapter 1

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm as trapped by this pandemic as the rest of the world. I've decided to create readaloud vids of my books for parents and or tele-teachers to use these during this extraordinarily challenging time. Or just to enjoy.

Here is the first chapter of my historical novel for middle graders, young adults, and older: A Buss from Lafayette.

(Note: this book starts with a diary entry: Tuesday, June 21, 1825, which is also posted on my websites:  and

For anyone who would like to help their students/kids understand the historical bits of this book, you might want to take a look at A Buss from Lafayette Teacher's Guide, available as both paperback and e-book. This guide contains bulletin board ideas, vocabulary exercises, varied student handouts, puzzles, games, reading comprehension quizzes, discussion questions, and both individual and class projects. Its cross-curricular activities include language arts/reading, social studies, mathematics, health/safety, art, music, dance, drama, recipes, and suggestions for real and virtual field trips. A full answer key is provided. The main topics covered are the American Revolution, Lafayette's role in our War of Independence, Lafayette's Farewell Tour of America in 1824-5, and everyday life and customs in rural America in the 1820s.

Here are a couple of buy links for the guide:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

Anyway, enjoy the story!

If this video does not play on your device, here is the Vimeo link to watch it directly: