Monday, January 21, 2013

Thrilled to Welcome Author Maria Dismondy!

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Hello all!  I am beyond excited to welcome back Maria Dismondy as she wraps up her virtual blog tour introducing her wonderful new book
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Can I tell you my students LOVED this book!!
Be sure to enter the giveaway to win a copy for your classroom:)
Welcome Maria!
 
 
Hello Readers, I am thrilled to be a guest blogger on 4th Grade Frolics! This is the last day of the Virtual Blog Tour. Thank you for joining us as we hopped from blog to blog over the past two weeks!
 
My name is Maria Dismondy and I am a children's book author. I was an teacher for lower el for over a decade before I took a leave to raise my girls and grow my book business. 
When I get an idea for a new book, those ideas come from the needs I saw either in the classroom or at home in my own children. The idea for Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun, my first book, came from my experiences being bullied as a child. I researched books to use in the classroom to help my students and was disappointed with what I found. That's when I felt inspired to write a book to empower children to have the courage to be themselves. Since then, my four books have sold close to 100,000 copies, have been reviewed on teaching and parenting blogs across the country and are being used in classrooms and households nationwide. I built a platform that includes my books as well as speaking engagements to elementary students on the topics of bullying, reading, writing and character. My dream of making a difference has come true! However, I am not stopping now! I am continuing to write (check out my blog, Be The Difference) and am currently looking for a literary agent and/or large publishing house to help me take my business to the next level.  

The Potato Chip Champ has been out since December 1st and has proven to be a much needed book! The idea came from a few different situations either I had experienced or I heard about involving children who lacked empathy. After researching bullying for over four years, I found that in order to really lower the bullying statistics, we need to teach children about empathy. We can do so either by modeling or through direct instruction. The Potato Chip Champ has a FREE Reader's Guide that has lesson plans and ideas to go along with the book. I hope you enjoy this new children's book and you agree with me that it's lesson is both timeless and heartwarming!
 
 
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4 comments:

  1. Tara! I'm so happy to see Maria visiting you here. We were just talking about her during our Bully Prevention training on Friday. I'm going to have to get those books :)

    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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  2. I would love to have Maria come to my school! I guess I should start with getting the books, though!


    -Maria
    Everyone deServes to Learn

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  3. I hope Maria reads this...My 4th graders absolutely loved your book Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun! What a wonderful story and message. We have read many books this year that teach about respecting others differences and embracing them. It has been a great addition to our room. We look forward to reading your new book. Hoping for continued success with your new book :))

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  4. I am going to have to take a look at your books on bullying! I am currently studying to be an elementary teacher and I am always looking for resources that will help me prevent bullying in my own classroom someday. I will have to keep these books in mind so that I can read them to my future students someday and create discussions about bullying prevention and empathy for others:)

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