Meet the Author Doreen Cronin & Illustrator Betsy Lewin

April 1, 2020 · 1-1:30 p.m. (ET) · Audience: Students in Grades K-2

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Doreen Cronin’s first grade teacher told her that she would be a writer. After practicing law for a few years, the author said, “I left my job and decided to write full time. I’ve been writing ever since! Thank you, Mrs. Cooper!”

Doreen Cronin has written for children of all ages, from the middle grade novel, Cyclone, to picture books and The Chicken Squad chapter books. She is the New York Times bestselling author of many picture books, including Click, Clack, Surprise!; Click, Clack, Ho, Ho, Ho; Click, Clack, Peep; Click, Clack, Boo!; Dooby Dooby Moo; Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure; Bounce; Wiggle; Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and Bloom.

Her first collaboration with illustrator Betsy Lewin, was the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Betsy Lewin wrote and illustrated stories for children’s magazines. When her editor asked her to expand one of those stories into a picture book, Betsy Lewin says, “I jumped at the chance. I’ve been doing picture books ever since and loving every moment.”

Betsy Lewin’s art is usually drawn in pen or brush with watercolor washes. Her illustrations for Duck for President was a New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books in 2005.

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Suggested Resources

Doreen Cronin’s Website
Betsy Lewin’s Website
Click Clack Peep! Activity Book
Click, Clack, Quack to School! Curriculum Guide from Simon & Schuster
Cyclone Reading Group Guide from Simon & Schuster
Diary of a Worm Printables from Reading is Fundamental
Duck for President Classroom Activities
Duck for President Discussion Guide from Scholastic, Inc.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of The United States Lesson Plan from the National Park Service [Uses Duck for President]
The Trouble with Chickens Reading Guide from HarperCollins

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