CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Christy Mihaly of Calais, VT. Christy writes fiction and nonfiction, plus poems and articles, for all ages. CLiF created the outline below to help students of all ages think about the kind of books Christy writes.

CLiF is focusing on these three books out of the more than 20 she has written:

  • FREE FOR YOU AND ME: What Our First Amendment Means
  • HEY, HEY, HAY! (A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make them)
  • DIET FOR A CHANGING PLANET: Food for Thought (young adult non-fiction)

Do you think these books are fiction or non-fiction? What do you think they have in common? Here Christy writes about what inspired her to write Hey! Hey! Hay!

Things to think about:

  • What is the difference between fiction and non-fiction?
  • How much research do you think Christy has to do to write her books?
  • How does she do that research from Vermont?
  • What is interesting about writing about your environment?
  • How do you turn non-fiction into fiction?
  • Read about the different jobs Christy has had. How do you incorporate your experiences into writing?

Here are a few ways to get to know Christy’s work better:

CLiF has created literacy activities for students of all ages here. Here are some that would go nicely with Christy’s stories:

For younger kids reading Hey! Hey! Hay!:

  • Dictionary Words – find pictures, draw pictures, or write words that help explain the farming terms in the book.
  • Paint Chip Poetry – What colors inspire you? Use crayons and markers to create your own paint chips.

For older kids: review the First Amendment rights.

  • Favorite TV Show Challenge – think about TV shows, movies, books you have read lately. Can you think struggles the characters have had with fighting for their rights?
  • November Election – which of your favorite characters would make the best president and would best defend your rights? Hold a mock election.
  • Christy found inspiration in the fields around her. What story could you tell about something in your neighborhood?
  • Check our the democracy comic project This is What Democracy Looks Like by our friends at the Center for Cartoon Studies!

For families:

  • Books and Ballots – share some books that everyone can enjoy and set up an election for best book or favorite character.
  • Extra! Extra! – create a family newspaper.
  • Wonder Wall – find a spot where you can write questions, paste observations or images, or jot down story ideas. Talk about them!
See the recording of Christy’s May 19 storytelling for CLiF.

3 responses to “Christy Mihaly, Author

  1. I’m really looking forward to our Zoom time! I love meeting with kids through CLiF, and though we can’t do it in-person right now, I’m so excited that CLiF has created this opportunity for us to get together online and share some ideas and stories. So bring your questions! Thanks, and see you soon.

  2. I am pleased to have met the dynamic Christy Mahaly twice… For our 2019 Brownway River Trail Story Walk in Enosburg Falls, Christy came and read the story for the season opener as her book Hey, Hey, Hay! was book #1 of the season. Secondly we were fortunate to have had Christy visit for our CLiF Year of the Book library event. She showed some pages from this book FREE FOR YOU AND ME: What Our First Amendment Means and it was then that I became very interested in learning more about it. Seeing the preview here was satisfying. It was wonderful to see how her idea of incorporating poetry helps the content to really come alive! Thanks Christy, and thanks CLiF for this virtual opportunity.

    1. Joanne, thanks so much for your kind words. I love the positive energy and enthusiasm for books that you bring to your whole community. Best wishes for a good summer, for you and all the kiddos — filled with books.

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