Hameray Classroom Literacy Blog

A Letter from Joy Cowley

Who doesn't love the imaginative characters of globally respected children's-book author Joy Cowley? For over thirty years, her beloved creation Mrs. Wishy-Washy has been entertaining children and introducing them to the pleasure of reading. Today, Joy has a special message for you:

Dear Teachers and Friends,

Many of you have been a part of my life for a long time.  Twenty years ago, I had a wooden box full of letters from you and your students.  I always felt this was my treasure chest.  Now I have a 12 ft. by 12 ft. storeroom stacked roof-high with cartons of treasure - all containing a wealth of information about your classes, stories of transformed reluctant readers, letters and drawings and sometimes, the children's own story books.

Recently, letters have come from teachers telling me they learned to read with my books, and are now sharing that experience.  This truly warms my heart!  Within many of the letters are requests for further stories about students' favorite characters.  For this reason, I am revisiting some special characters you know well.  The books in the Joy Cowley Collection are all new, but feature the well-known characters children love: Mrs. Wishy-Washy, the Meanies, the Hungry Giant, Smarty Pants and Dan, the Flying Man, with additional books coming soon!

- Joy Cowley

You can find the books Joy mentions in this letter at this link. If you'd also like to check out her new, lower-level Early Birds series, you can click here. To read about key features of her books, click on the images below for series highlights.