Friday, October 7, 2011


Author Study Folders can be found by clicking the photo below! 

I went to a conference with Katie Wood Ray this summer...and I learned SO many amazing things that helped me see writing workshop in a new light.

One of my favorite things I learned was that it is super important that your students realize that authors are real people who make books just like them. She taught me to pay CLOSE attention to dedication pages, about the author blurbs, and book jacket information.

Me and Katie Wood Ray (I love this book!)

I've done that this year (along with letting my kindergarteners listen to lots of author interviews online) and I've been AMAZED at the fact that these kindergarteners know these authors so well, and feel like they are in good company when they are making books during workshop.

SO...last year, I did tons of author studies. I also made these information folders so my students could learn about the authors we were reading about. This year, I re-made them and wanted them to be really kid-friendly. My K babies won't even let me read an author book unless this folder is on the easel!

And the most HILARIOUS part is at the end of a read aloud- my students LITERALLY say,
"Thanks Mo, (Willems) that was a great story." Ha!

The best part is after you study and author and want to "retire" them to a basket, these folders make a great way to label the basket so your kiddos know where to put books when they are done!

So, I thought I'd create some folders for tons of authors that are fun to study. All you need is a file folder! I'm giving away Mo for free but you'll find them in my stores for only $1.00 per author.

(After the study, we fill discuss traits that the author has and record them together)
(Written in Vis-a-Vis Markers so I can use them year-to year)
Here are a list of the authors I plan to cover:
(I am willing to take requests if you study an author that isn't listed below- just leave me a comment!)

*Mo Willems

*David Shannon

*Dr. Seuss

*Helen Lester

*Laura Numeroff

*Jan Brett

*Kevin Henkes

*Leo Lionni

*Eric Carle

*Donald Crews

*Ezra Jack Keats

*Cynthia Rylant
*Doreen Cronin

*The Wood (Don & Audrey)

*Amy Krouse Rosenthal

*Jack Prelutsky

* Robert Munsch

* Mem Fox

* Marc Brown

* Lois Elhert

*Gail Gibbons

*Angela Johnson

Here is a FREE Mo Willems Folder Kit!
All you have to do is cut out the pages and glue them on a funky-fresh file folder!
(click the photo below)

(scribd document)

(click on Trixie for the Google Docs Upload-make sure to "Download Original to get the pretty blue border around it!)


  1. Can you get any awesomer?????? Mo is my FAVORITE person on the whole entire planet! My kids and I watched him teach how to draw Pigeon today while we made our own pigeons for a bulletin board - Don't let the pigeon drive the fire truck. Wow. Oh wow. I'll be at your store for true! Have an amazing weekend!

  2. Thanks so much for this info; it's great! I tried to download the Mo Willems freebie but had trouble. I clicked on it and it came up on Scribd, but there wasn't anyway to save it or print it. What am I doing wrong?

  3. I also tried and was unable to save and print. Please post the solution. Thank you.

  4. That's so weird... Tried on another computer and it worked... Make sure you click on trixie because that takes you to googledocs... When I get home I will check it put!

  5. Thanks for sharing, it worked for me! :)

  6. When will the Kevin Henkes one be available on TPT? Im doing him now. :)

  7. love these! Thank you! How about Tomie dePaola? :)

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  9. How can I buy your author study materials?

  10. Is your author biography folder MEGA pack still available? I was not able to find it.