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What participants say about Judy's workshops:


• Clearly passionate about the subject of integrating character education with Common Core! -- Primary teacher, Frontier Central Schools

• This was one of the most interesting and useful seminars I've been to lately! -- Special ed teacher, New Milford, CT

• Thank you for sharing your day, your knowledge, and your wonderful love of books with us. -- 1st grade teacher, Forsyth, MT

• This seminar was wonderful. Judy provided many excellent activities to use with Read Alouds... Great job Judy! -- Reading teacher, Enfield, CT

• Thank you for the wonderful resources and the lively discussion. One of the better seminars I have been to this year! -- 4th grade teacher, Norwalk, CT

• Your presentation was wonderful! Lots of folks mentioned to me how valuable and helpful they found your message. And the children’s books you showcased, recent and brand new, were so helpful. You have a most relaxed way of speaking and relating to a large audience. I thoroughly enjoyed my morning. -- Professor, D’Youville College

• Using poetry was a new concept for me especially in the brief supportive way Judy suggested. -- Librarian, New Canaan, CT

• Great job. The time flew by! -- Elementary teacher, Brewster, MA

• Judy is very knowledgable about books for K-6 students. I now have many great titles to add to my wish list. Thank you! -- Librarian, Brewster, MA

• I enjoyed learning about poetry books to use in the classroom. I fear poetry! -- Primary Teacher, Wheatland-Chili SD, NY

• I loved the way you presented and addressed the crowd about character traits! The books that you brought were wonderful - we are asking our principals about ordering them for our libraries! Thank you , Judy, for all the things you do for our children! -- Literacy Coach, Buffalo Public Schools, Buffalo, NY

• Judy is a calm, confident, relaxed, and knowledgeable speaker. Nice job! -- Teacher, Lackawanna Schools

• I've been to a number of Judy's workshops and have enjoyed them all! Excellent! -- Intermediate reading and math teacher, Orchard Park, NY

• Wonderful! Super! Three cheers! -- Preschool teacher, York, PA

• Judy was fabulous. Love all the books and ideas; practical and creative. Character integration is vitally important! -- Primary teacher, Starpoint Central Schools

• Very encouraging and inspiring! Excellent message. We need to keep in mind our priorities in education to create well-rounded people. IQ and FQ work together. -- —Literacy Coach, Williamsville Central Schools

• The list of books and ideas for presenting them are great! These are ideas I'll use right away! -- Primary teacher, Kenmore Central SD, New York

• The examples of the different kinds of books to use with different subjects we teach along with activities were great! -- 5th grade teacher, Boise, ID

• Very informative workshop. This was time well-spent for me! -- Reading specialist, Kenmore, NY

• The list of websites Judy provided were wonderful. They will save me much time when I am hunting for resources and activities online. -- Library Media Specialist, West Seneca, NY

• The exposure to varied picture books was invaluable! -- Graduate student, Niagara University, NY

• The list of books Judy provided us is terrific. I will be using it throughout the year as I plan my lessons and content area units. -- Primary teacher, Buffalo City Schools, NY

• I just love hearing the stories Judy tells about the authors and/or illustrators. These are things I am interested in, but I also can use some of them to spur interest in my kids. -- Intermediate Reading Teacher, Hartford, CT

• What a great workshop! The new picture books to share/curriculum connections/ support for comprehension/themes were fabulous! -- 3rd grade teacher, Billings, MT

• One of the most helpful parts of this "journey" with Judy was the insight on where to locate latest publications. A timesaver for me! -- 4th grade teacher, Boston, MA

• Knowledgeable, passionate about books, speaks from the heart about reading and books--I highly recommend Judy's workshop! -- Teacher Center Director

• I'll never have enough time to use all the amazing nonfiction books Judy presented--what a great problem to have! -- Library Media Specialist, Ken-Ton School District, NY

• I think Judy's experience as an author for children as well as her work writing for writers made this workshop appealing to me because I love books, too, and I love spending time looking at and choosing the best books for my kids. Now all I need is a bigger budget!! -- Gifted and Talented Teacher, Lockport, NY

• Excellent presentation and knowledge of subject matter. Resources, websites and new books presented were most helpful. -- Library Media Specialist, Niagara Falls, NY

• I have been a fan of Judy's since I use her Children's Book Corner in my classroom. I feel she is very knowledgeable and dedicated to helping kids love reading and books. -- Kindergarten teacher, Amherst, NY

• Judy provided a treasure of resources! Thanks! -- Reading Teacher, Rochester, NY

• I enjoyed learning about poetry books to use in the classroom. I fear poetry! -- Primary Teacher, Wheatland-Chili SD, NY

• It was great to learn about all the new books –also terrific to have such an extensive booklet to refer back to. -- First grade teacher, Rochester, NY

• I will use several of these books in my lessons. -- 2nd grade teacher, Newton, MA

• I love the idea of using poetry more often! I will build my library and or borrow from school library using handbook as a resource. -- 1st grade teacher, Framingham, MA

• I loved the website suggestions and really liked sharing of the book plans we generated. -- Kindergarten teacher, Pittsford, NY

• Your resource materials are terrific! I will be using them throughout the year! -- Primary teacher, Orchard Park, NY


























































The Read-Aloud Rx:        Grades Pre-K - 2
Build Reading Muscle* in Fifteen Minutes a Day
  *Scaffold Instruction, Foster a Love of Reading, and Meet State Standards

• Level: Grades Pre-K - 2
• Length: 3 hours (can be adjusted to meet specific needs)
• Updated annually !

Join enthusiastic and passionate children's literature expert Judy Bradbury on a guided tour of dozens of current read-aloud choices just right for scaffolding 1st and 2nd grade curricula. Enhance, enrich, and extend content area curriculum AND meet State Standards while fostering a love of books in young children.

In this workshop, Judy shares strategies for implementing read-alouds that incorporate the four strands of English Language Arts while connecting to key aspects of the core curriculum. Participants learn about exceptional recently published books for primary children that reinforce history, science, character education, the arts, biography, writing, and math. And don't forget related poetry and educational websites! Added bonus: Judy offers suggestions for effectively involving parents in boosting literacy.

In this hands-on workshop, participants have an opportunity to review books, prepare plans, and share ideas with their peers. In the accompanying book, Children's Book Corner, participants will find dozens of read-aloud plans, an extensive bibliography of children's books, a listing of websites highlighted in the workshop, Parent Pull-Out Pages, and more!

Walk away with a hefty supply of ideas, resources, and lists of books guaranteed to effectively augment and energize daily instruction and bolster student literacy and foster a love of reading!

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The Read-Aloud Rx:        Grades 3 - 4
Build Reading Muscle* in Fifteen Minutes a Day
  *Scaffold Instruction, Foster a Love of Reading, and Meet State Standards

• Level: Grades 3-4
• Length: 3 hours (can be adjusted to meet specific needs)
• Updated annually !

Join enthusiastic and passionate children's literature expert Judy Bradbury on a guided tour of dozens of current read-aloud choices just right for scaffolding 3rd and 4th grade curricula. Enhance, enrich, and extend content area curriculum AND meet State Standards while fostering a love of books in young children. From STEM to STEAM to STREAM, there's a children's book to go along!

In this workshop, Judy shares strategies for implementing read-alouds that incorporate the four strands of English Language Arts while connecting to key aspects of the core curriculum. Participants learn about exceptional recently published books for third and fourth grade children that reinforce history, science, character education, the arts, biography, writing, and math. And don't forget related poetry and educational websites! Added bonus: Judy offers suggestions for effectively involving parents in boosting literacy.

In this hands-on workshop, participants have an opportunity to review books, prepare plans, and share ideas with peers. In the accompanying book, Children's Book Corner, participants will find dozens of read-aloud plans, an extensive bibliography of children's books, a listing of websites highlighted in the workshop, Parent Pull-Out Pages, author and illustrator interviews, and more!

Walk away with a hefty supply of ideas, resources, and lists of books guaranteed to effectively augment and energize daily instruction and bolster student literacy and foster a love of reading!

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The Read-Aloud Rx:        Grades 5 - 6
Build Reading Muscle* in Fifteen Minutes a Day
  *Scaffold Instruction, Foster a Love of Reading, and Meet State Standards

• Level: Grades 5 - 6
• Length: 3 hours (can be adjusted to meet specific needs)
• Updated annually !

Join enthusiastic and passionate children's literature expert Judy Bradbury on a guided tour of dozens of current read-aloud choices just right for scaffolding upper middle grade curricula. Enhance, enrich, and extend content area curriculum AND meet State Standards while fostering a love of books in 'tweens and preteens. From STEM to STEAM to STREAM, there's a book for that!

In this workshop, Judy shares strategies for implementing read-alouds that incorporate the four strands of English Language Arts while connecting to key aspects of the core curriculum. Participants learn about exceptional recently published books for fith and sixth graders that reinforce history, science, character education, the arts, biography, writing, and math. And don't forget related poetry and educational websites! Added bonus: Judy offers suggestions for effectively involving parents in boosting literacy.

In this hands-on workshop, participants have an opportunity to review books, prepare plans, and share ideas with peers. In the accompanying book, Children's Book Corner, participants will find dozens of read-aloud plans, an extensive bibliography of children's books, a listing of websites highlighted in the workshop, Parent Pull-Out Pages, author and illustrator interviews, and more!

Walk away with a hefty supply of ideas, resources, and lists of books guaranteed to effectively augment and energize daily instruction and bolster student literacy and foster a love of reading!

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Meet State Standards and Reinforce Math Concepts Using Children's Literature

• Level: Pre-K – Grade 3
• Length: 3 hours (can be adjusted to meet specific needs)
• Updated annually !

Become familiar with a wide array of engaging children's books ideal for reinforcing math concepts in the Pre-K-Grade 3 classroom, school library/media center, or remedial/resource room environment. Explore strategies for effectively satisfying state standards using math-related children's books. Develop plans for using these books and share ideas with colleagues. A handbook including an extensive annotated bibliography of books and websites will be provided for each participant.

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Writing Everyday in Countless Ways: Techniques and Resources for Developing Interest and Skills in Beginning Writers

• Level: K – Grade 3
• Length: 3 hours (can be adjusted to meet specific needs)

Incorporate writing into the school day every day! Learn effective techniques for using books, poetry, websites, and plain old paper and pencil to spark interest in writing and develop writing skills. Scaffold learning in the content areas and satisfy state standards! Explore ideas, strategies, methods, and writing resources. Learn about creative ways to involve parents as partners. Participants will develop, plan, and share ideas, strategies, and successes.


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Linking Literacy and the Arts through Interactive Read-Alouds

• Level: Grades Pre-K - 6
• Length: 3 hours (can be adjusted to meet specific needs)
• Updated annually!

Author and literacy specialist Judy Bradbury introduces participants to notable, recently published children's books that celebrate the arts, offer outstanding read-aloud experiences, and open the door to further research, investigation, and discussion of artists and the arts. Accomplish all this and satisfy state standards, too! Using the simple read-aloud plan Judy developed for her Children's Book Corner series, participants create effective plans that incorporate the four strands of English Language Arts and scaffold instruction by linking literacy and the arts. Participants have an opportunity to share with their peers. They also explore ideas for extension activities based on the books and learn about useful websites and other resources. An extensive annotated bibliography of children's books that celebrate the arts will be provided to all workshop participants.

Not an Arts Teacher? No worries! The books Judy highlights in this workshop go beyond a celebration of the arts (although that certainly has value in and of itself!) to tie into character education and self-esteem themes as well as opening the door to extension activities involving fine and gross motor skills, research skills, a study of historical perspectives, memoirs, and more.

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Send Your Poetry Phobia Packing !

• Level: Grade Pre-K - Grade 6
• Length: 3 hours (can be adjusted to meet specific needs)

From "poetry pauses" that reinforce and extend core curricular units of study to full-blown poetry lessons, the tips, techniques, and resources offered in this workshop will banish your phobia of teaching poetry. Finally understand poetic devices, poetry forms, and poetic techniques. Learn about poets kids love to read, explore teacher resources, select anthologies and themed resources that will pique students' interest and de-mystify poetry once and for all. Ample time is provided during this hands-on workshop to develop and share ideas for teaching poetry. An extensive bibliography of poetry books and a list of resources for educators will be provided to all participants. Poetry phobia be gone!

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Character Education: Teaching It By the Book

• Level: Grade Pre-K - Grade 6
• Length: 3 hours (Can be adjusted to meet specific needs)

Judy fosters character education through her monthly column in LibrarySparks magazine and champions its value through focused workshops for educators. Explore character-rich children's literature-both fiction and informational books. Scaffold instruction, deepen understanding, broaden learning, build character, provide role models, and satisfy state standards. Judy covers it all in this dynamic, uplifting workshop.

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Empowering Families: Practical Ways to Involve Parents in Boosting Literacy

• Level: For educators of Grades Pre-K-Grade 5
• Length: 6 hours (Can be adjusted to meet specific needs)

Nurturing positive relationships with the home impacts learning and school success.
This workshop is based on Empowering Families (Routledge, 2015), a practical professional resource offering the precise details educators need to plan, organize, conduct, and follow up literacy events that inform and encourage families to regularly engage in literacy-rich activities. Judy teams with co-author Susan Busch to lead participants through field-tested programs, ensuring success in efficiently executing enriching and meaningful after-school literacy programs for the entire school community. Energize parents and caregivers while building knowledge and confidence in the role they play in bolstering literacy in their children!

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Parent Presentation: Why Should I Read to My Child?

• Length: from one hour to a series of sessions (can be planned to meet the needs of your parent population)

Parents can positively and dramatically affect their children's success in school by providing a literacy-rich home. This workshop series (or single session) designed for parents and caregivers reinforces the vital role they play in developing lifelong literacy skills in their children. By offering a variety of straightforward suggestions, modeling behaviors, and fostering discussion with warmth and humor, Judy eases the anxiety many parents and caregivers feel about how to boost literacy skills and develop a love of reading in their children. A bibliography of children's books and useful resources designed especially for parents will be provided to all participants. Based on Judy's professional resource, Empowering Families: Practical Ways to Involve Parents in Boosting Literacy (Routledge).

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Author Visits and Writing Workshops

• Length: one to five days

Judy offers author visits for elementary and preschool students and conducts writing workshops for Grades 5 and up. Author visits are planned to suit the individual school and audience. In Judy's Writing Workshops, students receive personalized feedback as they experience the writing process firsthand, from brainstorming to publishable piece. Contact Judy to arrange an author visit or Writing Workshop that meets your students' needs.



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From Dream to Reality: The Making of a Children’s Book

• Length: 3 hours (can be adjusted to meet specific needs)

In this overview course, Judy outlines the journey to publication, from manuscript to bound cover. Learn what you need to know about the children's book market. Topics include: genres of children's literature; the stages of development of a book; publishing resources; submission guidelines; how, where, what and when to submit; and the current state of the market.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Writing for Children

• Length: 3 hours (can be adjusted to meet specific needs)

• Stand-alone or companion course to From Dream to Reality: The Making of a Children’s Book (see above)
Attendees investigate genres of children's literature, explore the elements of fiction written especially for children, discover the appeal of narrative nonfiction, learn how to craft professional cover and query letters (and learn the difference between them), and become familiar with publishing world etiquette.

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