The Omni Homestead Hotel in Hot Springs, VA.
The authors get silly.
With the Jefferson Cup committee.
A “running tour” of UVA after a night in Charlottesville.
My historical verse novel, Blue Birds, has just been named the 2016 Jefferson Cup Award winner for Young Readers, which honors a distinguished biography, historical fiction or American history book for young people. It is also included in this year’s New Mexico Battle of the Books elementary list and is a wonderful addition to upper elementary classrooms.
Blue Birds is a story of the island of Roanoke, England’s first colony in the Americas. Established in 1587, this colony founded twenty years before Jamestown met an untimely end. To this day, no one is truly sure what happened to the 117 colonists who lived there.
Blue Birds aligns with New Mexico’s fifth-grade social studies and English language arts content* and Common Core Standards.** Click through to find a free Educator’s Guide as well as a Lost Colony Timeline.
The following presentations work well with classes or BoB groups who’ve read Blue Birds. Each presentation runs fifty-minutes long.
Poetry 101: This introduction to poetry helps kids understand poetry is accessible, fun, and not just about love and flowers. Students will learn poetry basics, experience a variety of poetry, and create color poems. (grades 3-8)
The Lost Colony: What Really Happened?: Learn about the real history behind Blue Birds and what might have happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke. (grades 5-8)
If you would like to see all the presentations I have available, including several for younger grades, please refer to my Author Visits page.
In-School Events Rates
one fifty-minute presentation (small group or large):
three fifty-minute presentations (small group or large), lunch with the author, and book signing:
Online (Skype) Visits
An easy, affordable way for your readers to connect with me is through a virtual visit. Please click through to learn more.
School visits and Skype sessions aren’t only limited to schools and book clubs within New Mexico and don’t have to focus on Blue Birds alone. Stop by my Author Visits and Books pages to learn about other presentations and become familiar with my work.
Here’s to an excellent school year for your young readers. I’d love if you’d spread the word!
*History strand 1-B and 1-C, ELD standards 2 and 5
** CCSS 5.RL.3, CCSS 5.RL.4, CCSS 5. RL.5, CCSS 5.L.4, CCSS 5.L.5, CCSS 5.W.3, CCSS 5.W.7, CCSS 5.RI.9, CCSS 5.SL.1
This June I was in Santa Fe with my dear friend Anna and took a moment to check my phone. I opened an email that began like this…
Hi Caroline,Congratulations! BLUE BIRDS has won the Virginia Library Association’s 2016 Jefferson Cup for Young Readers! This award honors a distinguished biography, historical fiction, or American history book for young people.
Anna took one look at me and asked if something was wrong. I must have had a strange expression on my face because I know for a fact I didn’t comprehend what I was reading. What was the Jefferson Cup Award? I figured Blue Birds had made some sort of special list, but certainly hadn’t won an award. When and how and where and why would that happen?
The Jefferson Cup honors a distinguished biography, historical fiction or American history book for young people. Presented since 1983, the Jefferson Cup Committee’s goal is to promote reading about America’s past; to encourage the quality writing of United States history, biography and historical fiction for young people and to recognize authors in these disciplines.
The committee has nine members: a chairperson (selected by the previous year’s committee), one person from each Virginia Library Association region (total of six persons) selected by the current chair, the chair of the previous year’s Jefferson Cup Committee, and the chairperson or outgoing chairperson of the Youth Services Forum. All committee members are members of VLA.
The story of The Lost Colony is well known to most of the Jefferson Cup Committee members, since that event was a precursor to the settling of Jamestown, Virginia. Roanoke Island is quite familiar to me, as the Outer Banks of North Carolina are approximately an hour away from my home. Committee members found the beautifully written fictional story of Kimi and Alis, meeting during those tumultuous months on Roanoke Island, to be plausible and in agreement with theories of what became of the residents of the Lost Colony.Ms. Rose’s beautifully descriptive writing, the research, historical notes, and the glossary of Algonquin words impressed us all. As the Jefferson Cup for Young Readers winner, Blue Birds will be among books highlighted at the upcoming Virginia Library Association’s Annual Conference. Blue Birds will be prominently featured on the Jefferson Cup Award website and in the annual Jefferson Cup Award brochure that is widely disseminated to librarians at the state and national levels.