Sunday, October 1, 2017

My new books: Farmyard Friends

They're out in the world!!!  I loved writing these easy readers and can't wait to share them with my first graders.  Aren't they cute?

My author copies should be arriving any day...Paula Franco, the illustrator, just received hers.  Each one is 32 pages and between 800-900 words.  Lots of repetitive phrases for this age group!  Here's a peek inside two of them:

From Freckles:

From Golden Girl: 

I really can't wait to get my hands on them!  Fingers crossed that they'll arrive tomorrow!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

My Early Readers!

I am so happy with my very first set of early readers!  They'll be out in just two short months!  Each one is about 800 words long...think of length of Henry and Mudge.

It's going to be so much fun to use these with my Fabo Firsties during Guided Reading this year!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Shout Out to My Better Half

My FABO husband, John, is also a teacher, media specialist AND an author!  Yep- we have co-written a few books together:

Our collaboration was a smooth one and truly 50/50. He's an amazing historian and researcher and the books above required such attention to detail.  Excuse me while I brag a little more about him!

He was named Teacher of the Year in his school this year!  SO WELL-DESERVED!

The Mullarkey Fam is BEYOND excited for him!  He's going to be honored at a Board of Education meeting is a few weeks:  Sarah will be home from Syracuse, Matthew (my Senior in HS) already put in for the night off of work so all is set! 

 Did I mention he's also a great artist?  He makes clip art and loves to doodle when he can.   

But honestly, what I admire John the most for is his KINDNESS.  I don't think I've ever met such a kind kids would agree.  We are blessed!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

It's so simple: Be Kind!

This little guy, Prince George...

is officially enrolled in a school where the first rule is:  Be kind. LOVE IT!  So simple. I'm a sucker for school mottos and love when they are reduced to just a few words that even the youngest child can understand.  My district motto/slogan/theme this year is : Attitude Determines Altitude -Fly High! What's yours?  I'd love to hear it!

Have you read this awesome book about paying it forward?

And I'm sure you've seen this video a dozen times but I still get inspired to pay it forward each time I see it!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Nice Way to Start My Day!

I logged on to my email to find this lovely note:

Hi Lisa,

I just wanted to let you know that a group of 2nd grade girls are LOVING your Katherine the Almost Great series. They are all reading them in order - they even have their own system in place of who gets what, and when. They are making connections to Katherine and sharing which parts have been their favorites. It is especially awesome because 2 of the girls started the year very low in reading, but they've worked hard and are so proud when they finish a "big" chapter book like "Katherine."

Hope you are doing well. Happy Wednesday :)

Johnna Gregory
Dayton and Greenbrook Elementary Schools

You go girls!  Keep on reading and writing!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Live Your Life...HAPPY!

My sister just sent me this...

It didn't take long for this to be made.  I heart these two kids and their Mom!  I've watched the video at least twenty times and laugh just as hard each time.

I saw these Lego Picture Book Characters online today and they made me smile, too:
(NOTE TO SELF: Must, must buy Legos this summer at a garage sale for my Firsties!)

They are the fun work of illustrator Hilary Leung.  You may know his fun books!  Here's my favorite!

Why play Rock, Paper, Scissors when you can play NINJA, COWBOY, BEAR?