GINGERBREAD MAN ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Laura Murray's picture book The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School is a nominee for the Virginia Reader's Choice Award this year, as well as for the Illinois and Nevada Children's Choice awards, the Indiana Young Hoosier's Picture Book Award, and the South Dakota Prairie Bud Book Award. Laura is a former teacher, and this book was based on her students' favorite unit--the school gingerbread-man hunt! Teachers and librarians can find a standards/core-linked Teacher's Guide full of activities and ideas at http://www.lauramurraybooks.com/teachers-librarians.html. Also, NPR featured teachers and students reading and using The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School in association with Common Core in the story “States Roll out New Education Standards,” by Martha Dalton and Gina Jordan: http://wabe.org/post/states-roll-out-new-education-standards. Meanwhile, the "fired-up follow-up," The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Firetruck, just left the station and arrived in bookstores! School Library Journal praised the “energetic cartoons, rhyming text, and hilarious antics [in this] kid-pleasing read-aloud."