FENWAY AND HATTIE and the 2017 Global Read Aloud

A Special Video for 2017 #GRAFenway Classrooms

I'm so excited to connect with readers who are reading FENWAY AND HATTIE for the 2017 Global Read Aloud!

Between now and the end of the day Wednesday, October 4, 2017, participating GRA17 classrooms can submit a question in the COMMENTS section below for my FIRST weekly Q&A video for the GRA. To ask a question, please include:

1) Your school name and teacher's name

2) Your school's city and state or country

3) Your question!

NOTE: All questions will be moderated, so please be patient. Your question may take a day or so to appear.

Please limit questions to one per classroom per week. First thing every Friday, starting October 6th, I'll respond to as many questions as I can... within ten minutes!

To sign up for the 2017 Global Read Aloud, or for more information, please visit www.theglobalreadaloud.com.

SPECIAL OFFER: To order autographed copies of FENWAY AND HATTIE from my neighborhood bookstore, Henry Bear's Park, please click HERE. Orders of seven or more qualify for FREE SHIPPING within the contental US.

Please revisit this space every Friday from October 6-November 10 to watch a new Q&A video and see if I respond to YOUR question! Hope to see you soon! 

Back-to-School & Global Read Aloud 2017 Preview

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If you'll be reading FENWAY AND HATTIE as part of the 2017 Global Read AloudOne School, One Bookor as a class read-aloud, 
here's a preview of my plans to support you...

During the 2017 Global Read Aloud,  October 2 - November 10,  I'll post a video each week where I'll respond to questions RIGHT HERE ON THIS PAGE.  

More info coming soon! 

Later this Fall teachers will have chances to win a class set of the 2nd FENWAY AND HATTIE book or a free Skype visit with me. Details coming soon on these contests, plus a REALLY BIG EVIL BUNNY GANG SURPRISE!

Check out my FENWAY AND HATTIE resource padlet, your one-stop-shop for classroom activities, book trailers, dog's POV information, & much more! 

And #GRAFenway participants, you can also visit the resources spreadsheet for FENWAY AND HATTIE.

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To bring me to your school, CLICK HERE.

Please note that due to the GRA, sadly, I'll be unable to offer Skype visits.

Feel free to share this info! Teachers can sign up for my special mailing list HERE

More info about One School, One Book can be found HERE.

For a downloadable flyer about the Global Read Aloud, click HERE.

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Don't forget that Fenway & Hattie's THIRD adventure is coming on Jan. 2nd! Get the scoop & find out how to pre-order by clicking HERE.

Fenway and Hattie is chosen for the 2017 Global Read Aloud!

Amazing news!

FENWAY AND HATTIE has been chosen as the Early Reader selection for the 2017 Global Read Aloud! I'm incredibly grateful to the fabulous Pernille Ripp, who founded this program with the goal of connecting the world through one book. Since 2010, more than 2 million students have participated!

Reading aloud is very near and dear to my heart. Having my own book included in this far-reaching program is truly mind-blowing!

Each fall, participating teachers or other adults read aloud to students during a set 6-week period. Each classroom or group tries to make as many global connections as possible.

For more information about the GRA, click here.

You can sign up for the Global Read Aloud here.

This year, the GRA starts on October 2 and runs through November 10th. For complete information about the 2017 Global Read Aloud, click here.

If you are an elementary teacher or librarian, please consider signing up for my newsletter. Once I determine how I'll be able to support participating classes either through Skype, Q&A videos, or any other means, you'll be the first to know! I've already started a fun resource padlet.

Please check it out, share it with students, and add comments or other resources. I working on other ways to use padlet, too!

I'm so beyond excited that FENWAY AND HATTIE was chosen for this opportunity! As Pernille said in the announcement, Fenway and the story of how he sees the world is one that is bound to make us laugh but also see our world in a different view; what can happen when we simply change our perspective?



Huge secret news!

Teachers, Has your class read FENWAY AND HATTIE?
Do they like surprises?
SECRET surprises?

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Well, guess what?
I've added a SECRET PAGE to my web site...

...And only readers who figure out the password can enter!

Now, I'd LOVE to tell you what's on the SECRET PAGE,
but then it wouldn't be a SECRET.


So instead... Here are some clues to help your students
guess the password:

  1. It has something to do with what's on the SECRET PAGE
  2. It is located on Page 5 of FENWAY AND HATTIE
  3. It is the last TWO WORDS of the 1st paragraph: "I warned Hattie that her treats were ____ _______."
  4. It is all lower case, with a space between the TWO WORDS
  5. It has no punctuation

What do you think is on the SECRET PAGE?
What do you think the password is?

When you've got it, click the button below,
enter the password, and ENJOY!!!

I'd LOVE to hear how your class liked the surprise! Please email me at victoriajcoe.com/contact and let me know!

Happy Book Birthday to Fenway & Hattie #2!

Rockstar teacher Melissa Guerrette of Oxford Elementary School in Maine

Rockstar teacher Melissa Guerrette of Oxford Elementary School in Maine

There is truly no place I would rather be on a book birthday than in a classroom full of readers. Except maybe a DOUBLE classroom of readers!

Many thanks to rockstar teacher Jason Lewis of Tyngsborough Elementary School in Massachusetts who invited me to share the excitement with his two fifth grade classes.

And the celebration didn't end there! On Saturday, January 28th, one of my favorite independent booksellers, Blue Bunny Books (coincidence unintended!), hosted me and my brilliant editor Susan Kochan for an official launch party. It was a thrill give readers a sneak peek at how the books were made.

On January 24, 2017, Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang - the second book in the Fenway and Hattie series - made its way into the world!

It was a blast to celebrate this book birthday with rockstar teachers and awesome young readers!




These fabulous fifth graders really got into the spirit of celebration. I had a blast watching them dress up like the Evil Bunny Gang and pose with the Fenway cut-out!

But my favorite parts were the book that they all signed for me, the auditions they put together of characters for my next book, and of course the enormous cake with the Evil Bunny Gang cover!


Many thanks to all the young readers who crowded on the floor, as well as all the local teachers and librarians who came out to party with us. Watching you all nod your heads when I asked who had read the first book was mind-blowing.

And as if that wasn't enough, seeing my heroes Jason Lewis, Lesley Burnap, Melissa Guerrette, & Melanie Roy (& her son), who traveled from all corners of New England, brought me to tears. Thanks to all of you from the bottom of my heart. 

Connecting with readers is by far my favorite part of being an author. I'm so grateful to everyone who has welcomed this little dog and his beloved short human into their lives. 




Welcome, 2017!

Happy New Year!

January 2017 promises to be a VERY BIG MONTH around here!

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Puffin paperback

First, the FENWAY AND HATTIE Puffin paperback hits bookstores and libraries on January 3, with special bonus content in the back! 

And look what's in the Scholastic Book Club!!! I'm ecstatic that schools and individual readers will be able to order this special reprint edition of FENWAY AND HATTIE! 

A behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the trailer

A behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the trailer

Keep your eye on Mr. Schu's blog in early January for the trailer premiere for FENWAY AND HATTIE AND THE EVIL BUNNY GANG! I have a feeling those Evil Bunnies will be up to no good!

Of course the biggest excitement of all will be the publication of FENWAY AND HATTIE AND THE EVIL BUNNY GANG on January 24th! I can hardly wait for readers to get their paws on this book!

If you're in the Boston area, please join me and my editor Susan Kochan for the Official Book Launch at Blue Bunny Books in Dedham, MA on Saturday, January 28th at 2PM. Both books will be available for purchase and signing. Come snag a book, munch on snacks, & maybe win a prize. It’s going to be a BLAST, even if the Evil Bunny Gang tries to ruin it! Hope to see you there!