09 Jun Slice of Life: An Author Who is Silver and Gold
“Why does a mother leave? Like not just in this book, but in life. Why? Why would my mother leave?”
Whenever we hear Patricia MacLachlan’s name or a title of one of her books, we are immediately transported to this slice of life. A young reader asked us this question during a conference after reading the book Journey. It was one of those moments you never forget. For this student, reading Journey helped him talk about his feelings and process the questions he was holding deep in his heart.
So many of her books leave us speechless and inspire amazing conversations in classrooms. Her craft allows young readers to consider difficult issues in an accessible way. She can bring you from tears to laughter within one sentence and there is always more to each character than meets the eye. Her ability to weave layers of meaning into short texts is like no other author we know. We love using her books with upper elementary students for read aloud because we can get deep thinking about theme, purpose, perspective and symbolism in a short amount of time.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Last week we had the privilege to meet and hear Patricia and Steven Kellogg speak at the NERA 2015 conference. She shared her most recent book, Snowflakes Fall, her tribute to the children, families, teachers and community of Sandy Hook and Newtown Connecticut.
She shared her journey in writing this book and how she came to the idea of snowflakes. She moved us to tears and once again left us speechless. This video shares how this book came to life – her words are far more powerful than ours:
Patricia MacLachlan is a “go-to” author for us. We love her “tried and trues” and are never disappointed with her new titles. Her books truly reflect this quote for us:
“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”