Thanks for stopping by! I've taught second grade for 15 years and am a mom of 2 girls (so I'm tired and happy)! I am passionate about creating helpful resources for elementary teachers, and writing picture books for the classroom. When I'm not doing the work that I love, I enjoy spending time with my family, laughing with friends, and having travel adventures. Hope you enjoy taking a look around!
Our School is a Family
This newest picture book from Shannon Olsen and Sandie Sonke is a follow-up to the bestselling Our Class is a Family.
“This book is perfect for building a positive school community!”
“Great way to introduce staff members to students at the beginning of year or even a way to thank school staff at the end of the year.”
“Pictured are diverse people and students, so all children can see themselves and loved ones in the story in an inclusive way.”
“Our School is a Family is an essential book for every classroom library!”
Available on Amazon, or at discounted pricing when ordering direct.
Have you picked up a copy of “Our Class is a Family” for your classroom library yet?
Here’s what teachers are saying about it:
“This book is PERFECT for building classroom community. 10/10 recommend!”
“This will definitely be a staple in my beginning and end of the year read alouds.”
“A MUST-HAVE for every classroom!”
“The beautiful illustrations show a diverse set of children.”
“EVERY TEACHER NEEDS THIS BOOK!”
Available on Amazon, Target, or at discounted pricing when ordering direct.
Today is the DAY!!! 🎉 Our School is a Family is officially available on Amazon! 👏🏼This new book really builds upon Our Class is a Family- extending classroom community to the wider school community 🏫 It’s a book that can be read to kids by teachers, administrators, school librarians, school counselors, speech pathologists, parents, etc. Essentially, any caring grownup who wants students to feel safe, loved, and supported at school! ❤️I've shared more details about the book (including a video book trailer, extension activities, & where you can order your copy) right here: lifebetweensummers.com/2023/03/20/our-school-is-a-family-a-school-community-book/... See MoreSee Less
Our School is a Family will be available to order on Amazon very soon!! 📖💕 Want to see this brand new book before it’s officially released??You can get the eBook and read it right now! 👏🏼OR just get a little sneaky peek at the first few pages by going to Amazon & clicking where it says “Look Inside” 👀See it here: www.amazon.com/dp/B0BY81F194/... See MoreSee Less
Our Class is a Family bracelets for the end of the year are officially available for preorder!!! 🥳👏🏼The EOY is still quite a ways away, but preordering is open early so that there’s plenty of time to get these handmade for you!These can be given to your students as a special keepsake on the last day of school- especially if you plan on reading aloud “Our Class is a Family” to them that day! 📖 They come fully assembled with the tag, packaging, and beaded bracelets for your specific grade level...nothing you have to take time to put together yourself! 🙌🏼There will only be a limited quantity of these- if you’re interested in reserving a class set of bracelets to be shipped to you by May, it’s recommended to preorder sooner rather than later, just in case. Hope you & your class family love them!! 🥰lifebetweensummers.com/product/our-class-is-a-family-bracelets-farewell-bracelets-for-end-of-the-...... See MoreSee Less
SURPRISE!!! 🎉 Sandie Sonke Illustration & I just finished up the cover for our 4th book together, coming in 2023! 📙🥳In the past, I haven’t shared new book titles/covers until closer to the release date, but this time around I’d like to try and share more with you throughout the actual book-creating journey (sketches, sneak peeks, etc.) so here ya have it! 💞As you probably guessed by the title, this new one will be a follow up to Our Class is a Family! 🥰The premise:Kids have their immediate family that they live with, but extended relatives (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) make up a special part of a family too! You can see where this is going- it’s similar at school! Students have their teacher & each other within their classroom walls, but they also have an extended family there to support them ❤️Specifically, all of the amazing people who are a big piece of the heart of a school:Librarians, speech pathologists, school counselors, administrators, custodians, school secretaries, reading specialists, cafeteria workers, and parent volunteers, just to name a few 🏫 And you’ll find them all represented in this new book! 🙌🏼 My hope for “Our School is a Family” is that it will help students feel extra safe, loved, & supported, and encourage kids to form positive relationships with (and show appreciation toward) the helpers at their school!I am so excited to share more about this book with you in the months to come!! 📖 P.S. Speaking of “months,” my very warmest congrats to Sandie, who is Society of Children's Book Writers & IllustratorsIllustrator of the Month! So very well-deserved!!! 🥂💗#ourschoolisafamily #ourclassisafamily #aletterfromyourteacher#shannonolsen#shannonolsenauthor #backtoschoolbooks #teacherreadaloud #schoollibrarian#schoolcounselor#speechpathologist#schoolcommunity... See MoreSee Less
New book companion to go with Our Class is a Family! Class Family Memory Books for the end of the school year 📖💕This is a nice & simple writing activity for students to work on during those final weeks/days leading up to summer break 👌🏼 It’s a meaningful way to reflect on all their memories from the year, and they can take it home as a special keepsake on the last day of school! If you’re thinking you might want these memory books for your students, the timing couldn’t be better because they’re 25% off today & tomorrow (along with all other resources in my TPT store!) with the code THANKYOU22 💛 This comes available on its own, or in a discounted bundle with more extension activities for all 3 of my books 📚 I will share the link in the comments! 💕 ... See MoreSee Less