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Pegonka and Laura with a ceiba tree in the Huaorani territory of the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador

Pegonka and Laura with a ceiba tree in the Huaorani territory of the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador

adventures in research

Want to read blog posts about my ever-exciting research? Click on the area you're interested in to read my most recent post with that label. Then keep clicking on "older posts" for more posts with that label. Enjoy!

The melanger (blending) stage of making bean-to-bar chocolate. I took this photo on a research tour of Nuance Chocolate's little factory in Old Town, Fort Collins.

The melanger (blending) stage of making bean-to-bar chocolate. I took this photo on a research tour of Nuance Chocolate's little factory in Old Town, Fort Collins.

resources for educators & book clubs

Teachers have been giving me great feedback about using my books for English, Reading, ELA, Spanish, and Social Studies classes in upper elementary through high school. My books have also been successful with inter-generational literacy programs; book clubs for adults, teens, kids, and mothers/daughters; and adult ESL classes. Here are links to resources, discussion guides, and activity ideas to use with my books.

resources for all laura's books

resources for tree of dreams

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Literary Chocolate Tasting — Instructions for delicious, fun, literacy-focused activities you can do while eating chocolate!

Chocolate Tasting Handout — A printable place mat for chocolate samples, with a chart to record observations about the chocolate, as well as descriptive words to spark ideas.

Chocolatey Book Club Party — Ideas on what to serve, how to decorate, what to wear, what to listen to, what to discuss, what to do for fun, and how to get free, signed bookmarks!

Grow Your Heart Educator Resources — Common Core and STEM connections. Includes book summary, instructions on creating a Grow Your Heart community, pre-reading, discussion, writing, extension activities, and author bio.

Grow Your Heart Poster — Perfect for your classroom or library, this is a colorful poster encouraging reading, empathy, and connection. Easily downloadable, high-resolution, for up to an 18” by 24” poster.

Taking Action— This is a guide with ways to take action to protect our environment and help indigenous people in the Amazon rain forest defend their lands. Includes a meaningful writing activity for kids and teens.

resources for the lightning queen


resources for red glass

  • Read a blog post about Gloria's and Laura's process of translation here.

  • Read a blog post about their release party here.

  • Read Gloria's blog here.