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Hameray Herald: January 2015 Issue

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Jan 15, 2015 11:15:00 AM


Hameray Herald: January 2015 Issue


Joy Cowley Is Coming to America!

Find Out Where You Can Spot Her!

The beloved author of the Mrs. Wishy-Washy series is coming back to the United States to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Reading Recovery in North America! Joy will be a keynote speaker at the National Reading Recovery & K–6 Literacy Conference taking place in Columbus, Ohio during February 7–10, 2015. Also, she will be spending some time at the Hameray booth, so make sure to stop by and meet Joy if you are attending the conference.

Shared Reading? Try These!

New in our My World collection of informational texts: five big books, each introducing one of the five themes in My World! These big books (12” wide by 16” tall) are perfect for shared reading and for exposing even the youngest children to informational text features and fascinating facts about the world around them. Guided reading levels for this series ranges from A–F.


Joy Cowley's newest children's book, What Is a Book?, written specially to honor the 30th Anniversary of Reading Recovery in North America, will be launched at the National Conference. 

While all conference attendees will receive a special hardcover collector's edition, a limited number will also be available to Hameray customers. Click HERE to be added to our waiting list.


Tarantulas, Coyotes, and Sharks! Oh, My!

If you liked Set 1 of the beautifully photographed Zoozoo Animal World series, you're going to love Set 2!  These fun informational texts are designed to inform students about twenty animals in four   different habitats: Desert, GrasslandsMountain, and Ocean. . Guided reading levels for this series range from C–F. 


Check out our literacy blog, which offers useful content, free downloads, and all the resources you need to make teaching a little easier. Some of the recent blog topics include:

- Guided Reading Group Activities
- Shared Reading
- Supplementing Textbooks with Leveled Readers

Upcoming Conferences



 Hameray will be attending the following conferences:

We hope you will come by to visit with us!

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Topics: Joy Cowley, Hameray Herald, Conference, Big Books, Shared Reading, My World, Reading Recovery

We Have Our Winner! Who Will Dine with Joy Cowley?

Posted by Malissa Lewis on Jan 6, 2015 9:00:00 AM


Thanks to everyone who entered our Dine with Joy Contest! Here is the name of our lucky winner!

 Daphne Driskill

of University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Congratulations, Daphne!


Daphne won a trip to dine with the beloved author of the Mrs. Wishy-Washy books. Joy Cowley will be a keynote speaker at Reading Recovery's 30th Anniversary Celebration (Feb 7–10 in Columbus, OH). The trip includes:

• Dinner with Joy Cowley

• Entry to the RRCNA Exhibitor’s Hall

• Round-trip airfare to Columbus, OH

• Two Nights’ Hotel Stay

• Signed copy of Joy’s new collector’s edition book, What Is a Book?, written specially for the Reading Recovery 30th Anniversary

Hameray Publishing Group is a staunch supporter of Reading Recovery® and is thrilled to participate in its 30th anniversary celebration. Hameray offers two collections of Joy’s titles: Joy Cowley Early Birds and the Joy Cowley Collection, including big books.





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Topics: Joy Cowley, Conference, Contests, Giveaway

What Is It Like to Meet Joy Cowley? A Teacher-Blogger's Perspective

Posted by Lyssa Sahadevan on May 30, 2014 8:00:00 AM

For teachers and students, authors are like rock stars! They are celebrities we welcome into our classroom each day. We start and end our day with their works. We talk about them all the time and we try to be just like them! Authors are rock stars.

This explains my feelings as I stood in line to meet none other than Joy Cowley at the Hameray booth during the International Reading Association annual conference. I heard her speak that morning. She spoke so eloquently to the crowded room of teachers.

“I’ve always been a storyteller,” Cowley began. The author, illustrator, and literary hero of mine is also funny. “I’m glad I chose this path,” she went on to say. Sahadevan-7-1“If not, I’m afraid I’d been just a compulsive liar.” As you might imagine, we were hanging on every word!

Cowley said she was not a great reader as a young child. She started reading at age nine, and the first book she read by herself was Ping. She read it and then read it again, amazed at how it was the same story the second time! That is not how she became a writer though. She became a writer when her son’s teacher told her to write stories for him. Her left-brained son needed a little something extra as a reader. That’s how Mrs. Wishy-Washy was born!

Cowley spoke about her characters. She told us she works closely with her illustrators so every word and picture work together for meaning. She read aloud a Mrs. Wishy-Washy book. You could have heard a pin drop in the room! We were in awe. How humble and delightful she is. This author, word master, and creator of books that have helped so many children become readers shared stories with us like we were family.

Sahadevan-7-2Hours later, I stood in the long (and ever growing) line to meet her. I was practicing in my head what I was going to say to her. I thought I might start with “you’ve helped so many of my students become fluent readers.” Then I decided to go with “my cooperating teacher introduced me to your treasures thirteen years ago.” As I inched closer, I knew I had my first words: “I LOVE your books and so do my students.” YES! I was ready!

I approached the table, and she reached her hand out to greet me. All of my planning was out the window. I was a bit teary eyed. I told her it was an honor. I told her thank you for being so passionate about developing readers. Then she thanked me. She thanked me for being a teacher.

Joy Cowley is definitely a reading rock star, and I look forward to introducing my new class to her works in the fall!


Lyssa Sahadevan is a first-grade teacher in Marietta, GA. She loves reader's and writer's workshop, is a former Teacher of the Year, and shares ideas at www.mymommyreads.com.


To download information sheets with key features about Joy Cowley's two series Joy Cowley Early Birds and the Joy Cowley Collection which contains the books show in this post, click the images below.

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Topics: Joy Cowley, Lyssa Sahadevan, Conference

Congratulations to Our IRA Raffle Winner!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on May 15, 2014 8:00:00 AM

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Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at the IRA and entered our Lucky Draw raffle to win a set of Story World Real World texts. Here is the name of our lucky winner!


of Manor Independent School District in Manor, TX!

Congratulations, Tonda!

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Topics: Story World, Real World, Conference, Raffle Winner

Hameray Herald: April 2014 Issue

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Apr 30, 2014 10:57:00 AM

Letter Buddies Contest



Alphabet knowledge is an important aspect of a child's literacy foundation, and the Letter Buddies materials offer students a fun, engaging way to begin their letter learning. Today, we launch the Letter Buddies Classroom Contest and invite any interested educators to enter for a chance to win! Click here to learn more and to enter.

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Come Meet Joy Cowley: Visit Us At IRA

May 8–12. Come to the Hameray Booth at the IRA Conference in New Orleans (Booth 2013) & meet Mrs. Wishy-Washy author Joy Cowley! 

Click Here to Learn More

GUEST BLOG: Teaching Kids to Write

Standard Spelling Stage. Rhonda McDonald continues her series of excellent blogs posts on the various developmental stages of writing.

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Story World Real World

LOOKING FOR TEXT SETS? Story World Real World is a 40-book series for Grades 1–2 that bridges traditional narrative texts to informational texts. Comprising ten traditional tales and thirty informational texts, the series meets Common Core State Standards for reading in both literature and informational text. Each traditional story is paired with three informational books that offer fun and interesting real-world facts relating to specific elements from the narrative text.
Learn More by Clicking Here


Remember, if you miss one of our weekly blog posts, you can always go back to download our teacher-created worksheets from the "For Teachers" page on our website, where you will also find other helpful resources like online brochures, downloadable teacher's guides, sample books & more! Check it out by clicking here.

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Topics: Joy Cowley, Story World, Hameray Herald, Conference

Come to Our Booth and Meet Joy Cowley!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Apr 18, 2014 9:11:39 AM

JoyPortrait-1Visit us at the International Reading Association Conference, which will be held on May 9–12 in New Orleans. All the way from New Zealand, Joy Cowley will be at the Hameray Booth (Booth #2013) autographing books from the Joy Cowley Collection and Joy Cowley Early Birds series! It's a special opportunity to meet the author of Mrs. Wishy-Washy, the Hungry Giant, and the Meanies.

You can see displays of all of our books: informational texts, narrative fiction, early childhood materials, oral language readers, big books, hi-lo readers, and more! Flip through the books and place your orders on site, with free shipping to your school or home! There is still time to register here! Hope to see you there!

Can't make it? We've got new brochures giving further information on our books, flip books so you can view series samples virtually, and series information sheets with key features and series highlights on our newly redesigned teacher resource page! We'll also be raffling off three signed Joy Cowley books after the conference, so check back here after May 12!
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Topics: Joy Cowley, Conference

Congratulations to Our 2014 North Carolina and Michigan Reading Conference Raffle Winners!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Apr 14, 2014 8:30:00 AM

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Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booths at the Michigan Reading Conference and North Carolina Reading Conference and entered our Lucky Draw raffles. Here are the names of our lucky winners!



of Monroe, NC!

Cheryl won the entire Blue Set of the Joy Cowley Collection!




of Lapeer, MI!

Rachael won a set of the Underwater Encounters series!


Congratulations, Cheryl and Rachael!


To learn more about the Joy Cowley Collection or Underwater Encounters, click the images below to download an information sheet with series highlights and key features!

New Call-to-Action Underwater Encounters Sales Sheet

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Topics: Joy Cowley Collection, Underwater Encounters, Conference, Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Our Reading Recovery Conference Raffle Winner!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Feb 11, 2014 1:13:00 PM

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Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at the Reading Recovery Conference and entered our Lucky Draw raffle to win a set of Zoozoo Animal World leveled informational texts. Here is the name of our lucky winner!


of Marion County School District in Bradfordsville, KY!

Congratulations, Paula!

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Topics: Conference, Zoozoo Animal World, Raffle Winner, Reading Recovery

The 4 Things We Learned at the 2013 International Reading Conference

Posted by Kevin Yuen on Apr 24, 2013 3:33:00 PM


The International Reading Association Conference in San Antonio this year may not have had the big attendance numbers of the best shows from yesteryear, but it was still a terrific opportunity for us to connect face-to-face with educators to discuss their classroom needs and to tell them about our new products (and some of the old favorites too!). We met teachers from all around the country and all over the world for that matter. For those of you who entered our raffle for a chance to win our newest series - Story World Real World - we've announced the winner below (read to the bottom)! First, here are the four things we learned at IRA:

1. Everybody
still loves Mrs. Wishy-Washy! Regardless of city, state or country, teachers everywhere unanimously expressed their great enthusiasm for the wonderful storytelling of Joy Cowley & her Mrs. Wishy-Washy brand of stories! It is always fun to see teachers who are as excited about Mrs. Wishy-Washy as their students must be. I can't tell you how many educators stopped by our booth just to take their photo with Mrs. Wishy-Washy like our very own Randy Padua did here:

Randy & Mrs Wishy Washy

Or, like Mrs. Wishy-Washy Fan, Kt, who posted this photo and message on our Facebook page:

Mrs. Wishy-Washy Facebook Post

2. Our newest series - Story World Real World - by Alan Trussell-Cullen was a hit! We received wonderful feedback about the uniqueness and timeliness of this series, which bridges traditional literature to informational texts. With most schools gearing up to address Common Core, Story World Real World offers an excellent way to meet the CCSS reading requirements for narrative and informational text by using traditional tales to introduce informational topics. Note: the series is available for pre-sale now and will ship in May!

Story World Real World Brochure 

3. The blood, sweat & tears were not in vain. It took us more than twelve hours from start to finish to assemble our 20 x 20 booth space, but in the end, it turned out to be one the best we have ever had. We have set the bar high for 2014 in New Orleans! Here are a few photos of the space:

The Booth IRA

Letter Buddies at IRAMag letters at IRA

Striving Readers Wall ArtEarly Childhood Wall Art

MWW Finger Puppets at IRAZoozoo at IRA

Busy Booth

4. It's better to give than receive. We had over 500 people enter the raffle for a chance to win a complete set of Story World Real World... (Learn more about the series here.)... and the winner is:

Kathy Spiel, ELA Coordinator from Apple Valley USD (Apple Valley, CA)

Congratulations to Kathy! We hope your students will love these books! For those of you who entered and did not win, we appreciate your visit to our booth and to thank you for your time, please claim a FREE SHIPPING code here (offer will expire 6/30).

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans next year, or at a local conference near you! If there is anything we can do to be helpful, never hesitate to ask us! Thank you for being a part of the Hameray family!


Kevin Yuen

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Topics: Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Story World, Real World, Conference, Raffle Winner

North Carolina Reading Conference - Raffle Winner Announced

Posted by Jacqueline Jones on Apr 12, 2013 12:05:00 AM

Joy Cowley Collection Raffle Winner

Thank you to all of the wonderful educators who visited Hameray at the North Carolina Reading Conference! We enjoyed visiting with you and having the opportunity to tell you more about our literacy products. For those of you entered our raffle, we are ready to announce the two winners:

Karis McDonald of Elizabeth City, NC
Grace Clark of Hillsboro, NC

Karis and Grace - you've each one a color set of your choice from The Joy Cowley Collection! We will be contacting you very soon. For everyone else, we really appreciate your participation in our giveaway and want to offer you something special too! Click here to receive your special offer!

If you have any questions about our literacy materials, please call us toll-free at 866-918-6173 or email me at Jacqueline.Jones@hameraypublishing.com.

Click below to receive a FREE K-8 literacy catalog:

Hameray 2016 Catalog Request


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Topics: The Joy Cowley Collection, Conference, Giveaway

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