Hello all! I am beyond excited to welcome back Maria Dismondy as she wraps up her virtual blog tour introducing her wonderful new book
Can I tell you my students LOVED this book!!
Be sure to enter the giveaway to win a copy for your classroom:)
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!