Jeanette Hopkins has been a classroom and environmental educator for over twenty years. She began her teaching career in a class one (rural) school and most recently taught at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. She is a past member of the Iowa Writing Project Advisory Board and is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in the area of Middle Childhood Generalist. She has a keen appreciation for the delight young readers have for rhythm and rhyme and hopes that readers of all ages will find the music in The LadyBug Waltz and the magic in The Juggler.
The LadyBug Waltz came about as Jeanette sat with her granddaughter, Chloe, as she was undergoing one of five open heart surgeries. Jeanette sang the song to Chloe every night as an assurance to the next day. The Juggler was created when Jeanette purchased a print of a colorful juggler in Outside the Lines Art Gallery in Dubuque, Iowa. The artist, Stormy Mochal, was the co-owner of the store and had created wonderful and whimsical drawings of magical people. Jeanette began writing the story and within a few months, contacted Stormy and their relationship began!
Jeanette and her husband are environmental writers and enjoy “day tripping” throughout the states. In past few years, they have developed a series of road trips, where young grandchildren have learned to appreciate nature and develop a respect for the natural world. Jeanette’s husband, Bruce, is currently writing a book centered on those day trips. They share environmental experiences with teachers and environmental educators in workshops throughout the United States.
Since 2009, Jeanette and her husband have been available for classroom presentations and have shared writing experiences with children in classrooms of all ages. They have traveled throughout the United States, worked with over 25,000 students and in over 140 schools. During the 2011-2012 school year, the original illustrations for The Juggler will be matted and framed for special exhibits throughout Iowa.
Jeanette states on both books, “The rhythm in each book assists in reading development. I’d really like to see experience, rhythm and rhyme back in the daily routine of the classroom…I read in classrooms and try to select books that immediately engage the children and allow them to be part of the experience…..very transactional.” Both books utilize integrated language structures such as alliteration and personification. Teachers can implement mini-lessons centered around the format of each book.
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