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StoryMakers with Alva Sachs ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO!

On StoryMakers, step (or skate!) into the world of author and literacy advocate Alva Sachs.

Whether you are hopping aboard the ship of THE PIRATE PRINCESS, catching a case of CIRCUS FEVER, or having a skate-boarding adventure in ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO!, Rocco finds out that Alva’s books are full of fun and magic mixed with real-life problem solving and emotions.

Alva has created some super-fun activities to go with her books! You can find a link to them below, but before you go, TELL US IN THE COMMENTS what you might plan to do if you were going to spend a day on your own. We would design a skateboard using Alva’s fun sheets! Now, it’s your turn!

ABOUT the Book

Justin, Mario, and Marcus are best friends. Saturday is their favorite day! They wait all week to hang out together, but this Saturday is different.
What happened?
It takes all three of them and their dads to make this Saturday the best ever! The National Indie Excellence
2010 FINALIST Award for children’s picture books goes to ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO!
In the children’s picture book category, the International Book Awards 2010 FINALIST award recognizes
ON YOUR MARK, GET SET GO!
The 2010 SEAL OF EXCELLENCE AWARD from Creative Child Magazine goes to ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO!

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO! Book Activities & MORE!

ABOUT Alva Sachs – RIF SoCal Board President

Horace Warpole, an English author, “coined” the word serendipity in 1754. Mr. Warpole seemed to have formed the word from a “silly fairy tale,” called “The Three Princes of Serendip.” This word that Warpole formed originally came from an old name for Sri Lanka. He likened “serendipity” to discoveries, accidents, or quests not planned for, that occurred with good fortune to follow. My life has been one “serendipity” after another! I was born and raised in the “Windy City,” Chicago. I moved around quite a bit with my family over the years when I was younger. I always loved going to school, making friends, doing homework, and reading Archie comic books with my sister, Bonny. I landed back in the Chicago area and graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, however, I never intentionally wanted to be a teacher! I say, “Serendipity!” It was the most exciting and rewarding “accident” that I had ever had. After teaching for 16 years and continuing on with my education, I received a Master of Education degree from Northern Illinois University and kept enjoying all the children who entered my classroom over the years. Meeting my husband, Paul, and having my three children are all part of my serendipity experiences. I am such a lucky girl! We know things often occur in “3’s.” “Serendipity,” visits me once more. This time at a community pumpkin festival where Patricia Krebs and Marcie Gilbert are too! The three of us team up to create our first book, Circus Fever. Patricia and I continue to collaborate and share in the creation of our award-winning books. These include Circus Fever, On Your Mark, Get, Set, Go!, I’m 5, Dear Master Dragon, and Dancing Dreidels. All award-winning children picture books full of creativity, adventure, and fun! Did I say surprises too? I hope that “serendipity” comes your way. It is that breath of fresh air that knocks you off your feet, catches you off guard, puts a smile on your face and lets you know, that you never really do know what IS around the corner

Learn more about the wonderful work of RIF SoCal HERE:
To promote literacy and motivate children to read by providing new books to create home libraries for underserved children in Southern California.
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Kid Lit TV Commenter Carol Henault

A GREAT interview about a GREAT children’s author, Alva Sachs, and her GREAT and ever so creative story books!!
BRAVO to all!!

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