Email Project 2006 -2007

We're well on our way with this year's project.  We have already received 140 emails, including several  from England,  Ireland, Spain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, New Delhi, Israel, the Netherlands and even one from South Africa.  We have also begun to read some of the recommended books.

1. Where the Wild Things Are by: Maurice Sendak

2.Joseph Had A Little Overcoat by: Simm Taback

3. Officer Buckle and Gloria by: Peggy Rathman

4.  Make Way for Ducklings by: Robert McCloskey     

 5.  Owl Moon  by: Jane Yolen

6.  Diary of a Wombat  by: jackie French and illustrated by: Bruce Whatley (This was read to us by our visitor, illustrator, Jane Bready.

7. Two Bad Ants by: Chris Van Allsberg

8.The Stinky Cheese Man  by: J.Scieszka, and illustrated by Lane Smith

9. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by: J Scieszka, and illustrated by: Lane Smith

10.  The Giving Tree by: Shel Silverstein

11. The Wreck of the Zephyr by: Chris Van Allsburg

12.  The Polar Express by: Chris Van Allsburg 

13. Make Way for Ducklings by: Robert McCloskey 

14. Tuesday by: David Weisner

15. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by: Mo Willems

16. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig


Several authors and illustrators from past years have been in touch over the summer months.  I have provided links to their websites below.


Visit the website of Andrea Hazard at  She has added many pages for the children to investigate, and promises to keep us updated with the progress of her book.


Be sure to visit the website of Chica Brunsvold, another friend from  the past year at

Special thanks to another old friend George Scheber, who sent us additional copies of his books so we would be able to read them in small groups.  Be sure to visit his website, which has many activity pages included.


Another  big thank you to Bumble Bee Productions , Dawn Matheson, Pamela Barcita and Elizabeth Aumua for sending us the book, Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee .  We learned a wonderful lesson from it and hope you will visit their website at  You can see us with the books they sent each of us in the pictures below.


Thank you to illustrator, Jason Trivett, who sent us a colorful illustration from the United Kingdom. 

Below are listed the websites of some of the new friends we have made this year.

We really loved the art work in the book, R is for Race, illustrated by Jane Bready.  To see more of her work visit her site at:  Be sure to visit our special page about this illustrator's visit to our class. Click on the link below


We loved the books Arlene Alda sent us and were inspired by her book, Did Your Say Pears? to try writing our own book about homonyms.  Be sure to learn more about her at her website.


A special thank you to Janie Jasin who sent each of us an authographed copy of her book, Heart in Hands.  She also sent us several other gifts including hearts for our hands. Because of her book we were inspired to create our own version called "First Grade Hands."  Be sure out check out her website.


Be sure to visit the homepage of Susie Snowflake and learn about Jan Daniel.  A very special thank you to her for her kindness to our class.                

Thank you to Donna Napoli who sent us two books.  To learn more about her visit her website at:


We were really excited to hear from Dave Gunson who sent us his books all the way from New Zealand.  Be sure to check out the webpage of this exciting illustrator.


Patrick shows us the book sent to us by Nada Meeks.  Thank you Nada!


We were thrilled to receive books from Grandma Janet Sinke.  Be sure to take a few minutes to visit her website and learn more about her and her books.  She even treats us to pictures of her grandchildren.