All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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A video interview with

Emma Walton Hamilton

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A former actress, Emma Walton Hamilton worked in theater, film, and television for 10 years before turning her attention to directing, producing, educating and writing. She is one of the founders of Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York. She served as co-artistic director for thirteen years and now focuses her energies on the theatre's education and young audiences programs. Emma directs the Young American Writers Project, an inter-disciplinary writing program for middle and high school students.

Emma is also the editorial director for The Julie Andrews Collection, a publishing program dedicated to quality books for young readers that nurture the imagination and celebrate a sense of wonder. In addition to writing and editing children's books, Emma writes articles for magazines, newspapers, e-zines, and periodicals. Her most recent book is Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment.

Emma travels frequently across the country, speaking to groups about the value of, and synergy between, the arts and literacy. She lives in Sag Harbor, NY, with her husband, producer/actor Steve Hamilton and their two children, Sam and Hope.

Selected Books

from Emma Walton Hamilton

Dragon: Hound of Honor

Age Level: 9-12

The murder of a young knight, a white wolfhound, and a faithful page in medieval France all come together to create a fast-paced, gripping mystery.

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Great American Mousical

Age Level: 9-12

Theater mice perform in a space just out of human sight in a venerable old New York theater. Alas! The leading rodent taken to Brooklyn before she performs in the final play before the theater is destroyed. Humor abounds in this satisfying tale.

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Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

Age Level: 9-12

A range of poetic styles, some rooted in the authors' family, are shared in this handsome, easily accessible collection. Attractive illustrations are sprinkled throughout, building the joy when the poems are shared, even when listening to the beautifully read CD.

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Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment

Age Level: Adult

Useful information and a range of surefire strategies to make reading a pleasure for adults and children are presented with lots of book suggestions. When combined with an informal approach, parents and teachers are likely to find joy in engaging young readers.

Buy Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment

Simeon's Gift

Age Level: 9-12

Simeon loves a noblewoman from afar and seeks to find the music from deep inside him. His quest turns to despair until a series of events allow him to discover his real worth. Well told and strikingly illustrated, this modern fable resonates with readers.

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Thanks to You: Wisdom from Mother & Child

Age Level: 9-12

Children learn from their mothers and mothers learn from their children. Photographs from the authors' extended family combine with gentle language to convey universal emotions and universal wisdom.

Buy Thanks to You: Wisdom from Mother & Child