Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Blog Tour With Award-winning Children's Author Karen Tyrrell

Congratulations to award-winning children's author Karen Tyrrell on the release of her new picture book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.

Karen is doing a blog tour to celebrate the release of her wonderful new picture book, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember. Today, Karen is visiting my blog to answer questions about how to develop classroom resources. Thank you, Karen. 

How to Develop Classroom Resources

1. How can Harry Helps Grandpa Remember be used in the classroom?

“Harry” is a read aloud fully illustrated picture book that can be shared with children to kick-start discussion on the clever ways Harry boosted Grandpa’s memory. Then you can ask the children: How does Harry help Grandpa remember?  Later you can broaden the discussion to memory loss, memory boosting, brain health, grandparents, aging, and coping skills. All these suggestions should be listed in the teacher notes, and be available for free from the author’s website. 

2. How to Create High Standard Resources for the classroom?

Research! Find similar books and research their activities. If you’re a teacher, you’ll probably be able to produce teacher notes and activity sheets yourself. For more advanced activities like puppet making, jigsaws, and dot-to-dot you may need to sub-contract to a graphic designer, who will develop the activity sheets from strong vector lines on the illustrations. Please remind your illustrator to produce these vector lines as they go.

3. Who should use Harry Helps Grandpa Remember as a resource?

Besides children in general, teachers, counselors, and librarians, families with specific needs can use “Harry” to support children who may have a family member who is facing challenges or are seeking solutions.

Adults such as Aged Care Workers or Carers can a use “Harry” as a resource to explain to children what their role is. 

4. How can Harry Helps Grandpa Remember be used as a resource on Grandparents Day?

The teacher reads “Harry”, following up with discussion on memory loss, aging, brain health, and/or heart health. After that, children choose from a selection of children’s activities including puppet making, dot-to-dot, cut and paste story sequencing, and various activities that promote thinking skills and problem solving.

Buy your Copy of  Harry Helps Grandpa Remember … HERE

“Harry is about the special love between a little boy and his grandpa who has Alzheimer's. Harry will do ANYTHING to help his grandpa remember. A heart-warming story, full of humor and HOPE.”

ISBN: 97809 8727 4083

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Blog Tour HOPS June 22 - July 1
23 June: Ali Stegert

24 June: Di Bates

Buzz Words Review
25 June: Robyn Opie Parnell
25 June: Jackie Hosking
26 June: Charmaine Clancy
Author Platform
29 June: Sally Odgers
30 June: Jill Smith
30 June: June Perkins
1 July: Dimity Powell

Blog Tour Book Giveaway

Please leave a comment on any of the sites above for a chance to win a signed print copy OR 5 eCopies of Harry Helps Grandpa Remember. 6 Copies to be won in total. Six Winners announced on 3 July. Good luck.

About Karen Tyrrell
Karen Tyrrell is an Australian award winning resilience author-teacher of five empowering books, a motivational speaker and workshop presenter. Karen is a survivor of parent-teacher bullying , PTSD and mental illness.
Her empowering adult books include Me and Her:A Memoir of Madness and Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery. Her children’s books include Bailey Beats the Blah (coping skills picture book) and STOP the Bully (bully prevention mid-grade novel).
Karen has appeared on TV Today Tonightthe Courier Mail,  and on ABC and 4BC radio.

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