About Peggy

Peggy Sharp portrait

Dr. Peggy Sharp is well known for her presentations about new children's books, connecting the books to all areas of the curriculum, and motivating children to read. She is an experienced teacher and library media specialist and has received national awards for her creative teaching ideas.

One of the foremost experts in North America on children's literature and literature programs, she is a consultant for the Bureau of Education and Research and hundreds of school districts. She has conducted thousands of fast-paced practical workshops for Phi Delta Kappa, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Staff Development, International Reading Association and other groups and organizations. You can view her workshops at our Workshops and Training section.

Her articles about teaching with children's books, motivating reading, and strengthening the instructional programs in both classrooms and library media centers have appeared in top professional magazines such as School Library Media Activities Monthly, Instructor, Teaching K-8, The Reading Teacher, Journal of Reading, Emergency Librarian, The Computing Teacher, and The Mailbox Bookbag.

New Book News -Peggy's quarterly newsletter, provides strategies for using 30 to 40 of the newest books in your classrooms and libraries in each issue.

Dr. Sharp is the author of 21 books for teachers and library media specialist featuring practical, field-tested ideas for using children's books throughout the curriculum and motivating children to read. Sharing Your Good Ideas(Heinemann, 1993) and Exploring the United States(Oryx, 1994) provide strategies and ideas to help teachers teach their students and other teachers. Her book, Only the Best,(Designs for Learning, 1997) provides a ready-to-use strategy to help teachers make appropriate book selections for their classrooms. Peggy's expertise and experience with students and with children's literature provides teachers, library media specialists, and others interested in books and reading with valuable, timely, and important information that is motivating, worthwhile, and ready-to-use.

You can order New Book News and some Peggy Sharp's books in our Resource section.

Don't miss Peggy when she comes to your city! Look at Peggy's Schedule to see when she'll be in your town.

Peggy's activities for books can also be found on the following websites:
us.penguingroup.com - ideas for Nancy Carlson's books
randomhouse.com - ideas for Magic Treehouse books

Peggy's Favorite Links

There are thousands of literature-based websites available, and the numbers are increasing daily. Some of my favorites are:

Children's Literature Web Guide

This is still one of the best of the indexes to what's on the web that has something to do with children's literature.

Jan Brett's Website

Go here for literally thousands of ideas for using Jan Brett's books and for promoting reading in general. She has generously made her detailed artwork available to you in the form of masks and activity pages that you can print directly from this site.

Kristine O'Connell George's Children's Poetry Corner

The poet has included a number of activities for her books and for poetry in general.

Joan Holub's Website

This site is loaded with activities for the author's books. Of special interest is the 100th day of school ideas.

Dav Pilkey's Website

This site is every bit as irreverent as Dav's books are, and I love it! Lots of fun for kids, and even some "boring stuff for teachers."

The Woods' Website

This site is full of fun activities for books written by the author as well as interesting insights into the Wood family of writers. Loaded with detail, this has been an ALA Notable web site.