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Archive for October, 2011

Reminder: The Concrete Temple Theatre performs BYSTANDER this Friday, 11/4, in Hudson, NY

Monday, October 31st, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, Bystander, Happenings | 1 Comment »


Just a reminder for those of you in the area . . . Special thanks to the Hudson City School District Arts & Humanities Fund and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation for making this debut performance possible. I'm honored, surprised, and eager ...

I’m So Doing This: Free Lorax Pumpkin Carving Template

Friday, October 28th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web | No Comments »


Click here to download a free pumpkin carving template. This has been a pumpkin service announcement.

Fan Mail Wednesday #127 (Writing Advice)

Friday, October 28th, 2011 Posted in Bystander, Fan Mail, School Visits, the writing process | 4 Comments »


Certainly by this point, faithful readers of jamespreller.com have realized that for me, "Wednesday" is a mystical proposition rather than, say, an actual day. Fan Mail Wednesday happens when I get around to it, basically, and these days it's been ...

Photo Dump: Three Days in Williamstown

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 Posted in In the Classroom, School Visits | No Comments »


I recently enjoyed a three-day visit to Williamstown, Massachusetts. I visited three schools: Lanesborough Elementary (where we forgot to take photos), Mount Greylock (grades 7-8), and Williamstown Elementary. It was particularly fun to interact with such a large range of ...

A Family Halloween Tradition . . . Falls Into the Gutter

Monday, October 24th, 2011 Posted in Family | 1 Comment »


I've previously documented our Halloween scarecrow tradition. It's something we enjoy, keeping it alive for at least 60 years now. Well, this year, I don't know what to say . . . Here's the view from the other side (and yes, he's ...

Bystander — the Play!

Monday, October 17th, 2011 Posted in Bystander, Happenings, bullying | No Comments »


"Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand." -- Chinese Proverb And on that note, look at this amazing, full-page newspaper ad . . . Pretty cool, don't you think? The group that's putting on the ...

When Sharks Attack

Friday, October 14th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web | No Comments »


This is terrible. Just awful. That poor child, swallowed by a shark -- a land shark, if my identification is correct -- and somehow, still smiling. ' Thank you, Best Week Ever!

Poetry Friday: “In a Red Baseball Cap” by James Preller

Thursday, October 13th, 2011 Posted in Six Innings, the writing process | No Comments »


Just dug this unpublished poem out of the file cabinet, must have written it about 25-30 years ago, so might as well finally see the light of day. I always liked this one, that connection between the boy and Willie ...

Pirate Crossword: Free Teaching Tool for “A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade”

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series), In the Classroom | No Comments »


Forgive me, it's an unusual blog day here at the jamespreller.com factory. I've been unloading some stuff from a found file. Here's a nice companion for my book A Pirate's Guide to First Grade, illustrated by Greg Ruth. If you ...

VoiceThread: Another Teaching Tool

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 Posted in In the Classroom | No Comments »


Follow this link to see how one Media Specialist used VoiceThread to make my book, Hiccups for Elephant, illustrated by Hans Wilhelm, come alive for young readers through the use of puppets and children's own voices. Again, I apologize for the ...