Hello Teachers and Librarians!

My picture books invite readers to actively participate: to narrate the hilarious, nearly wordless Uh-Oh!; enjoy the 'syncopated soundscape' of Bow-Wow Wiggle-Waggle; ponder the life cycle of A Grand Old Tree; wonder at the amazing journey of Two Little Birds; and participate in democracy as Lina does in Pink!


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 Click the picture to see a sequence about editing. Teachers will identify with my poor editor! I give him credit for always believing in my ideas, even when they are garbled and unintelligible.

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Link to classroom discussion guide for Bow-Wow Wiggle-Waggle by Mary Newell DePalma

A game of fetch becomes a wild goose chase! Giggle and wiggle with a 'syncopated soundscape' of alliteration, action verbs, rhyme, and onomatopoeia.

Link to classroom discussion guide for Uh-Oh! by Mary Newell DePalma

In this nearly wordless book, a hapless little dinosaur leaves a trail of mayhem behind him as he jumps from one disaster to another.

Link to A Grand Old Tree classroom discussion guide by Mary Newell DePalma

The life cycle of a tree, told as a simple and beautiful story.
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A Grand Old Tree is featured in lesson 3.1 of Perfect Pairs, Using Fiction and Non-Fiction Books to Teach Life Science by Melissa Stewart and Nancy Chesley.

link to classroom discussion guide for Two Little Birds for Mary Newell Depalma

Two plucky little birds hatch, grow, and launch into their first journey.
Two Little Birds
was a nominee for the Florida Reading Association's 2015-16 Children's Book Award.
Project Beak is a wonderful resource for teachers, parents and students--it may answer some of the questions you have after reading Two Little Birds.

link to classroom discussion guide for The Nutcracker Doll by Mary Newell DePalma

A very young dancer achieves her goal of performing in The Nutcracker Ballet.


link to classroom discussion guide for My Chair by Betsy James, illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma

Children gather their chairs and their imaginations to welcome a new neighbor. The neighbors are nonchalantly diverse; one of the chairs is a wheelchair. Scholastic Teacher's Store

Link to the classroom discussion guide for The Strange Egg by Mary Newell DePalma

A young bird uses his five senses, his past experience, and a friend to figure out the things that puzzle him in this story of wonder, discovery, and friendship.

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Happy 100th Day by Susan Milord, illustrated by Mary Newell Depalma

Does your school celebrate 100th day? Read Happy 100th Day by Susan Milord. In addition to a wonderful story, there are 100 things to count on each page.
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