Label: Seymour Simon

August 25, 2010

In many ways, my year begins with the school year which for me as a student and then a teacher began the first week in September. All the rhythms of my year are tied in with school. I recall how excited I was to meet with the students in my new classes (I usually taught science to either 9th or 7th graders and also had a class with seniors in what the school called “creative writing.”) I remember that by the end of the first week, my voice was hoarse and it would take the weekend to recover. By the second week of school I had learned how to modulate my speaking enough to last through the five teaching periods a day and the teacher interaction that took place during lunch period and my “free” periods. (Teachers know that there is no such thing as a “free” period; you just do things other than direct teaching.}

So as the summer is winding down and as school approaches or has already begun in some places, I want to reach out to teachers and say hi and good luck. I’ll be writing on my blog during the school year about all kinds of things including my speaking in schools across the country. I hope you’ll drop me a note from time to time, telling me about something interesting that is happening in your class in science or in nature or just about using my books with kids (and be sure to look at the free teacher guides for my books which you can easily download). From time to time, I’ll be awarding a free Skype session with a teacher and the class that is working with my books. Be sure to be in touch!

Photo: Seymour speaking in San Angelo, Texas, Spring 2010

 

 

 

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March 5, 2010

I posted yesterday about a Barnes & Noble clerk who insisted to my sister that Seymour Simon is "not a real person." Thanks to the many friends (some fellow authors or illustrators) who weighed in on my behalf. Here are some of the funny things they wrote.

Jerry Schwarz
Need a new PR person?

Michael Hague
Speaking as one of the walking dead myself…You are very real…Welcome to the Zombie World of Publishing and Bookstores.

Diane deGroat
My brother lives in Boynton Beach. I’ll send him in.

Eric Kimmel
I know they forget all about you after you’re dead, but this is ridiculous!

Lee Bennett Hopkins
Is this the same Simon whose LUNGS—THE MUSICAL might
be a future Broadway production? Or was it GUTs—the musical?

Kate Nealon Slawta
He looked and acted real when he stayed with us in DC this week! And we had a wonderful time, by the way. I vote Yes, he’s real.

Fran Manushkin
Seymour, are you sure you’re not a figment of your imagination?

Diane Stanley
Well it’s good you finally found this out after all these years.

Laura Grosvenor
I was reminded of this quote from the Velveteen Rabbit.
"Real isn’t how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you,  then you become Real."

Well, children love you and so do many of us, so you must be real! 

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March 4, 2010

My sister, Miriam, went into a B&N bookstore in Boynton Beach, Fl,  the other day and went to see the display of my books in the children’s book section. The salesperson saw her looking at the books and assured her that there was no such person as "Seymour Simon." She said that all the books were written by different people and "Seymour Simon" was just the name they used. Miriam sputtered indignantly and said, "Of course there’s a Seymour Simon! He’s my brother and he wrote all these books."  The B&N salesperson was unconvinced. So let me assure her and everyone else reading my blog: I’m real, really really real. Lots of you reading this blog have met me in person either at your school or at reading conventions and other places. Anyone I know care to cast a voice in my behalf that I’m real???? Drop a note to my blog and I’ll post it!

Signed:  The real Seymour Simon (honestly!) 

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November 11, 2009


Dear Seymour,

Thank you for the spider book!!! I like the cover. I think the book is molting, look at the picture. I love tarantulas. What do black widow’s fangs look like?

Sincerely,

Finian

 

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March 31, 2009


Meet the Author -  Seymour Simon 

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February 16, 2009

Recently, Liz Nealon and I have been giving talks and workshops about digital literacy to teacher and librarian groups such as the Wisconsin State Reading Association. This article in the New York Times is written from a librarian’s point of view. I would appreciate feedback. Tell me what you doing or what you would like to do to teach digital literacy in your own class or library.

Email Seymour Simon and tell him what you think and what you’ve been doing in your school about this important topic 

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February 15, 2009

 

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February 12, 2009



See Seymour being interviewed about his books and the way he writes.

 

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February 10, 2009

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Seymour,

It was a honor to meet with you and to speak about your new adventures in words and in technology. I have a couple of pictures to share with you. I also have pictures with Liz, if you would like me to pass those on as well. I will begin working this week with Jodi Beyer, my co-worker, to create a question and video from her first grade class. I look forward to the communication! I believe that the blog will be a great way to communicate with your fans, it is a wonderful idea and I wish you well.  If you have anything that you would like assistance with that I could provide remotely, I would be willing to assist you. Or, if you have other ideas that you would like from students, I would be happy to assist with that as well. I am the librarian of four schools, so I have a lot of students to pull ideas from!

Thank you again,

Misty Fredrick
School Library Media Specialist
Reedsburg School District, WI

The first photo is of Misty Fredrick, the second, Jodi Beyer

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February 10, 2009

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