Robin Yardi


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Inverse Operations

A couple weeks ago Jill Diamond and I presented a workshop at #NCTE17 on middle grade fiction. It was a thrill to be surrounded by teachers and librarians, our champions for books and reading!

Jill and I created two printable reflection tools that can be used with ANY book, not just ours. The first is a tool to compare and reflect on characters, the second is a tool to internalize the plot of a book by geographically mapping it.

CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF ON COMPARING CHARACTERS

CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF ON MAPPING A STORY SETTING

The idea that has stayed with me since presenting, the one I want to try to share here, is that reading and writing are inverse operations, like addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, they flow into and out of each other. The tools of reflection Jill and I created can also become prewriting work for students, helping them to create their own characters and map out their own plots.

These are absolutely activities that authors regularly engage in when cultivating their own stories. I create little dossiers for my characters, I compare them with their friends and to myself to know them more deeply before I write their stories. I draw their portraits and illustrate their rooms. I doodle maps of their neighborhoods and schools. Stories are scrapped together in the accumulation of all those doodles and reflections!

Happy doodling,

❤ Robin

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World Read Aloud Day 2018

Tons of kid lit authors will be offering free Skype visits on February 1st. We will be reading to schools across the globe. Visit Kate Messner’s author site for a complete list of participating authors.

 

On WRAD I’ll be reading from my books, giving sneak peaks into top secret projects, and recommending some of my favorite titles from other authors. And I’ll always answer student questions! If you would like to schedule a Skype visit just send me an email: robin@blueeggbooks.com.

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THEY JUST KNOW: ANIMAL INSTINCTS would be a great choice for lower elementary classes. To read a sample, PEEK HERE!

THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ would work best for grades 2-6. To read the first chapter, PEEK HERE!

My current availability is listed below. If Thursday gets filled, I’m happy to schedule something with your class at another time. Happy reading!

[All availability is listed in Pacific Standard Time]

Monday, January 29th

8:15 AM: BOOKED – Lexington Park, MD: Lexington Park Elementary

11:40 AM: BOOKED – Lexington Park, MD: Lexington Park Elementary

Wednesday, January 31st

10:00 AM: BOOKED – Talmo, GA: North Jackson Elementary

Thursday, February 1st

6:30 AM: THIS SPOT JUST OPENED UP… ANYBODY WANT IT?

7:00 AM: BOOKED – Brooklyn, NY: PS 276, Louis Marshall Elementary School

THIS IS WHERE I SCRAMBLE MY OWN KIDS OFF TO SCHOOL!

8:00 AM: BOOKED – Hudsonville, MI: Hudsonville Christian

8:30 AM: BOOKED – Austin, TX:

9:00 AM: BOOKED – NYC, PS 62

9:30 AM: BOOKED – Spartanburg, SC: Jesse Bobo Elementary

10:00 AM: BOOKED – Asheville, NC: Hall Fletcher Elementary

10:30 AM: BOOKED – Buffalo, NY

11:00 AM: BOOKED – Chicago, IL: Heritage Lakes School

11:30 AM: BOOKED – Frisco, TX: Starwood Montessori

12:30 PM: BOOKED – Houston, TX: North Pointe Elementary

1:00 PM: BOOKED – Helena, MT: Hawthorne Elementary

1:30 PM: BOOKED – Helena, MT: Rossiter Elementary

2:00 PM: BOOKED – Helena, MT: Hawthorne Elementary

THIS IS WHEN I COLLAPSE IN A HEAP, GARGLE WITH SALT WATER, AND GO PICK MY KIDS UP AFTER SCHOOL!

 


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Best of 2016

You know those people who keep writing last year’s digits on the new year’s checks?

Well, I’m one of those.

The end of 2016 was a rough one and I’m still catching up! Politics went pear shaped, my kids had to start a new school, but some pretty great things happened too…

Kirkus included my book, THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ, in its list of the best books of 2016. In two categories. In my favorite categories: funny books and fantasies. It was an AMAZING honor. Sometimes it’s hard to toot your own horn. It can feel like blowing a kazoo in the middle of a library.

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But I’m doing it anyway, blowing my little kazoo, because it can also feel pretty good!

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And then, get this, The New York Public Library said it too. That my book was one of the best of 2016 for kids. I can’t help but think of my elementary school librarian (Mrs. DeFirmian) and the way that she would help me find that next perfect book. Now, in New York City, maybe some librarian is helping a kid find my book.

I hope it makes them laugh like a kazoo zoo-zoo-zooing in the middle of the library.

 


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Moonbeam Award

Last week the 2016 Moonbeam Children’s Awards were announced and THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ won the gold medal in the Pre-Teen Historical & Cultural category! The Moonbeam Awards committee honors books “that inspire our children to read, to learn, and to dream,” and I never dreamed I’d win one.

It is beyond and honor, but I have to admit to being most excited about the shiny gold stickers… but I just don’t know where I would put them on such a pretty cover.


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World Read Aloud Day 2017

World Read Aloud Day 2017 is almost here! Tons of kid lit authors are offering free Skype visits on February 16th. We will all be reading together in schools across the globe. Visit Kate Messner’s author site for a complete list of participating authors.

I’ll be reading from my books, giving sneak peaks into new projects, and recommending some of my favorite titles from other authors. And I’ll always answer student questions! If you would like to schedule a Skype visit just send me an email: robin@blueeggbooks.com.

THEY JUST KNOW: ANIMAL INSTINCTS would be a great choice for lower elementary classes. To read a sample, PEEK HERE!

THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ would work best for grades 2-6. To read the first chapter, PEEK HERE!

Last year I visited 12 classrooms on three different continents… it was pretty rad! And since World Read Aloud Day is in February you may even get to meet my tortoise, Marigold! My current availability is listed below. If Thursday gets filled, I’m happy to schedule something with your class at another time. Happy reading!

[All availability is listed in Pacific Standard Time]

Monday, February 13

8:30 AM: BOOKED – Waldorf, MD

10:00 AM: BOOKED – Mexico City, Mexico

Tuesday, February 14

6:00 AM: Booked – Ivory Coast

7:15 AM: BOOKED – Coppell, TX

Wednesday, February 15

10:30 AM: BOOKED – St. Louis, MO

11:00 AM: BOOKED – Manhattan, KS

10:00 PM: BOOKED – Quatar

Thursday, February 16

6:00 AM: BOOKED – Oshkosh, WI

6:30 AM: BOOKED – Asheville, NC

7:00 AM: BOOKED – Roswell, GA

7:30 AM: BOOKED – Richmond Hill, GA

8:00 AM: BOOKED – Mundelein, IL

8:30 AM: BOOKED – Hartwell, GA

9:30 AM: BOOKED – Longmont, CO

10:00 AM: BOOKED – Las Vegas, NV

10:30 AM: BOOKED – Bowersville, GA

11:00 AM: BOOKED – Kings Park, NY

11:30 AM: BOOKED – Asheville, NC

1:50 PM: BOOKED – Issaquah, WA

Friday February 17

6:00 AM: BOOKED – Hrondo, Belarus

6:30 AM: BOOKED – Linthicum, MD

8:30 AM: BOOKED – Quito, Ecuador

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BEA 2016

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I and a bunch of other Sweet Sixteen authors (young adult and middle grade authors debuting in 2016) will be heading to BEA in Chicago… NEXT WEEK. If you’ll be there come get signed copies or chat about books and writing with us:

 

 

5/11 3:00-3:30, Erica Chapman, TEACH ME TO FORGET, Table 1

5/12 10-10:30, Audrey Coulthurst, FIRE AND STARS, Table 4

5/12 10-10:30, Isabel Bandeira, BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER, Table 14

5/12 11-11:30, Lisa Koosis, RESURRECTING SUNSHINE, Booth 2201

5/12 1-2:00, Robin Yardi, THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ, Table 12

5/12 1:30-2:30, Chelsea Sedoti, THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT, Booth 2333

5/12 3-3:30, Julie Leung, MICE OF THE ROUND TABLE, Table 10

5/12 3:30-4:30, Paula Garner, PHANTOM LIMBS, Booth 1529

5/13 11-12:00, Casey Lyall, HOWARD WALLACE PI, Booth 1467

5/13 11-12:00, Jeff Giles, EDGE OF EVERYTHING, Table 6

5/13 11:30-12, Stephanie Garber, CARAVAL, Booths 1958 & 1959

5/13 12:30-1:30, Dana Elmendorf, SOUTH OF SUNSHINE, Booth 2201

5/13 1-1:30, Kerri Maniscalco, STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, Table 11

5/13 2-2:30, Wade White, THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES, Table 3