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Local Southeast Iowa School Teacher, Debbie Moeller, Authors Books for Early Readers as Part of the Kaleidoscope Collection, a New Educational Children’s Book Series

Charming stories based on familiar Iowan themes delight early readers in classrooms nation-wide. The titles of Moeller’s published works include Snow Fun, Dash’s First Snow, Amazing Otters, Planets, and A Surprise for Mia.

West Point, IA, June 13, 2012 --( Debbie Moeller, a local educator working at the Ft. Madison Community School District, was selected by Hameray Publishing Group to bring five simple stories to life. Moeller’s books include three fiction titles and two nonfiction titles. They are published as a part of a 90-book series entitled the Kaleidoscope Collection, which consists of stories written by educators from across the United States.

The titles of Moeller’s published works include Snow Fun, Dash’s First Snow, Amazing Otters, Planets, and A Surprise for Mia.

In honor of her achievement, the Iowa State Reading Association invited Moeller to serve as a distinguished speaker at the 2012 Iowa Reading Association ESEA Title I Conference to be held at Iowa State University in Ames. The two-day event features an impressive list of nationally prominent speakers and authors, and takes place June 26-27, 2012. Moeller will speak on June 26th at 9:45 AM. She will also conduct a book signing immediately following her session.

Moeller, a former kindergarten teacher currently serving as a district early literacy specialist, writes of topics of high interest to Pre-K to 1st grade students.

Her first book, Snow Fun, follows twins Max and Mia, and younger sister Bella outside on a wintry day. Working together, the children create imaginative snow people.

A character from Moeller's first title appears again in a second story, A Surprise for Mia.

Mia makes a bird feeder from a milk carton and hangs it in her yard. She is frustrated with the pesky squirrel that spills the seeds and frightens away the birds. Using a large seed that has fallen from the feeder, Mia finds a unique way to feed the backyard birds.

Dash's First Snow is the story of a young pup's first encounter with snow. The journey begins with a few tentative steps into the mysterious white world. Baffled by the new experience, Dash reluctantly follows his owner Will into the yard. He is distracted by a rabbit hidden in a bush and wildly chases after it, discovering too late that running on snow and ice can have disastrous consequences. Readers will enjoy the romp from start to funny finish.

Amazing Otters is a nonfiction story exploring the unique world of the otter. Fascinating facts and up-close photography reveal these marvelous creatures to readers whom enjoy informational texts. From the den to the river or sea, otters are quirky and truly amazing animals.

Planets is a nonfiction story for the kindergarten or early first grade child. Simple text and brilliant photographs allow the emergent reader to gain a basic understanding of the planets, and their place in our solar system.
The simple, appealing text by Moeller is enhanced by illustrator Vian Oelofsen's cozy illustrations of familiar childhood scenes. Oelofsen's vibrant colors and adorable characters bring life to the story. Moeller's nonfiction publications contain stunning photographs that corroborate the simplicity of the text.

Former students from Moeller's years in the elementary classroom were the motivation and inspiration for her stories. Classroom anecdotes and conversations with young children provide opportunities to write fiction based on real-life stories.

One of Moeller's own elementary teachers initially encouraged her as a writer. When she was in fifth grade at Van Allen Elementary, her teacher assigned her to write an adventure story. Despite a dismal first draft, the teacher believed in her potential and encouraged her to continue writing. Moeller never imagined that she would one day be a teacher herself, and write stories that help children become better readers.

“Having my books chosen for publication has been an extraordinary experience,” explains Moeller. “It is both thrilling and humbling, knowing that my stories are used to help struggling readers across the country.”

These books can be a valuable resource for teachers of struggling readers. They are intended to be a supplemental reader for students in Early Elementary. Snow Fun, A Surprise for Mia, Planets, Dash's First Snow and Amazing Otters were professionally edited by world-famous author of children’s books, Joy Cowley, to be part of an early intervention literacy program. These books have been leveled for Early Kindergarten to 1st Grade Reading Level, but are appropriate for use with students up to Grade 2 that are reading behind level.

The books will be showcased at multiple national trade shows and events, including the International Reading Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago on April 29th to May 2nd, and the NAEYC 2012 Annual Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia to be held November 7th to 10th.

About The Author:

Debbie Moeller lives in West Point with her husband, Bill, and has been a teacher with the Ft. Madison Community School District for over 20 years. She has taught kindergarten, second and sixth grade. She now serves the district as a Reading Recovery and English as a Second Language teacher.
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