Today, CLiF would like to introduce (or re-introduce) you to Jo Knowles of Hartland, VT. We congratulate her on her first picture book, Ear Worm!, as well as her new chapter book for early middle grade readers, Meant To Be.

We’re so excited Jo wanted to share her debut picture book Ear Worm! with young readers and writers as part of World Read Aloud Day 2022.

Things to think about:

  • What would your dance move and lyrics be?
  • How different is it to write young adult and middle-grade chapter books than a picture book?
  • How much do stories draw on the author’s own life or experiences?
  • Read an interview with Jo. What would you ask her?
  • How is writing songs similar and different to writing poems or stories?

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

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

For younger kids:

  • Musical Books – play the game with attention to certain words – can you make up a dance move?
  • Grab a Word – try using interesting words as inspiration for your own tune

For older kids:

For families:

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