IMG_9725Welcome! I’m glad you stopped by. I’m developing this site for readers and teachers who teach writing and/or use my books in classroom literature studies.

Coming soon on each book page will be strategies for teaching the Common Core curriculum. You’ll also find vocabulary lists and suggested discussion questions.

For visitors who are interested in or teaching the writing of fiction, you can find exercises, prompts and short writing lessons here, too. Just click on the Fiction-Writing Prompts button. I’ll post a new one every week. Soon  you’ll see a subscription sign-up, so these lessons, along with site and book news, will be delivered regularly to your email inbox.

Come in and walk around. Leave a message at the bottom of the page, if you like.  This website will change several times a week, so stop by and see what’s new. Hope to see you again soon!


Carol Gorman






  • Theresa Lacina

    Hi, I am writing two children’s books, and wondered if you had any tips on the writing and publishing aspects. One is a picture book, and the other is a short beginner chapter book. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

    • Hi, Theresa.

      The best advice I can give you is to first read as many picture books and chapter books as possible, making sure that you’re reading books published in the last 2-3 years. Styles and treatments change, so you want to be knowledgeable about what publishers are buying. Look at award winners. Look at rankings on Amazon to see what books are getting attention.

      Another thing you need to do is to join SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Each state has a chapter or chapters, and they sponsor conferences. Editors and agents are brought in to speak, and many times they will read 10 pages or so and give you a 10-minute face-to-face meeting. I’ve known a lot of writers who have sold their first books this way.

      Good luck!


  • Draven

    Dear Carol Gorman,
    Most of the books I’ve ever read really made no difference in my life, and the way I acted, but your book did. I knew when I was done that it changed me somehow and made me the person I am today. That book is GAMES (a tale of two bullies).
    Thank you for writing this book I am as thankful as a bee. Before I read it I was a total jerk “like beef “(jerk) ey”hahaha. I hurt people’s feelings, and made people feel bad about themselves.
    I knew when I finished Games that I didn’t want to be Mick anymore I wanted change. So I changed my behavior ,and acted nicer and, started to be nicer and, I got some more friends like Creighton Richardson he is as funny as a donkey and, I wasn’t in trouble all the time. I still made bad decisions, but I’m a teen its normal as can be. Thank you again for the book Games.

    • Draven,

      You made my week! How thoughtful of you to let me know that GAMES had a positive effect on your life! Thank you so much for letting me know.

      I hope your good changes continue. You’ll never be sorry.

      All my best,
      Carol Gorman

  • wayne senn

    I am a huge fan of you. I just got done reading a book of yours that I found at savers called “Dork in Disguise” I enjoyed it so much I am having my wife who is a sixth grader read it. I am going to school to be a teacher. I was hoping I could get a picture and an Autograph of you. If you are willing to send it please send it to wayne senn 958 west 200 south apt. 5 provo, utah 84601

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