I had a fun surprise a few weeks ago when I heard from a past student, Jaclyn Friedlander. She was a 4th grader in my class a while ago so I was thrilled to hear from her. It turns out that Jaclyn has written two books for children! So exciting as a teacher to remember a child writing in 4th grade and then continuing that passion into adulthood! Jaclyn was always an amazing person--filled with life and ready to change the world. I am excited to be back in touch with her after all of these years.
Jaclyn has written 2 children's books in the Friends With Fins series (The Talent Show and The Fish Capturing Pirate) as a way to teach children about ocean conservation. She's also created an educational video and a book for the iPad. I love the story of how these books came to be and am excited to share Jaclyn's story with my new group of students this fall. I love to hear about the process writers use but even more interesting to me with Jaclyn's interview is the way she is using these books to teach kids about a global issue that she is passionate about. Her work is a great model for kids about how to use writing and media to make a difference in the world.
Jaclyn: I am lucky to have amazing technical support at home in my husband, Timothy Riese! He helps me with all of the formatting for the electronic versions. The fun part was getting some of my actor friends together to record the voices of the characters for the iPad version.