Teachers and librarians are VIPs! Here are a few things I do to roll out the red carpet:

  • Digital copies of all my books are available to teachers and librarians for free. Simply shoot me an email at misenhoff (at) hotmail (dot) com. Tell me what books you want and what format you want them in (mobi, epub, or pdf) and I’ll send them right out. Feel free to pass them around to your student’s devices.
  • My book listings include Lexile scores and convenient, downloadable MARC files that are compatible with most library systems.
  • Classroom materials are available for many of my books. (See Classroom Resource series below.)
  • I’m always available to interact with classrooms via letter, email, or Skype, and I’ve created a virtual classroom visit on YouTube. (See Virtual Classroom Visits below.)

Accelerated Reader

Would you like to see my books in Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader program? Because I am not traditionally published, I cannot place my books there. BUT YOU CAN. Simply fill out the request form on the Renaissance Learning website. I’ve supplied all the information they ask for here, by book, so you can copy and paste it into their form.


For your convenience, my paperbacks are available through Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and the Amazon and CreateSpace wholesale programs.

Contact me if you’re interested in bulk purchases directly through me. I’ll apply a discount at the following rates. My royalty goes up when I take out the middle man, but honestly I have no idea how my prices compare to wholesale as I neither set their prices nor have access to their programs.

5-20 copies: $3 off list price per book
20+ copies: $4 off list price per book
Shipping charges apply. 

Virtual Classroom Visits (YouTube)

I only visit classrooms and libraries in southwest Michigan, but I’m working to make several virtual sessions available on YouTube.

Tip Jar

It’s tough for an independently published author to gain recognition without the support of a publishing house. It’s even more difficult to earn the respect of the literary community when so many indies produce substandard work. If you’ve been pleased with the quality of my books, would you let others know? Word of mouth is the best way to overcome those obstacles. I’d greatly appreciate any of the following:

  • Recommend my books to parents and students.
  • Direct other teachers to this site.
  • Leave reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, or any of the other bookish websites–or have your students do it.
  • Tweet
  • “Like” my page on Facebook.

Thanks so much for helping me spread the word!

Classroom Resources Series

Here’s a little help for teachers to get the most mileage out of my novels. Each book in my Classroom Resources series includes chapter by chapter discussion/study questions, vocabulary, social studies extension ideas, primary sources, and weblinks, all aligned with Grade Level Content Expectations and Common Core standards. Paperbacks are printed with handy 8.5 x 11 reproducible pages. I’ve provided Amazon links. They are also available through Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and the Amazon and CreateSpace wholesale programs.

The Color of Freedom: Classroom Resources

978-1469908175 • Paperback • 8.5 x 11 • 50 pages • $8.99

Designed for use with historical fiction novel, The Color of Freedom.
Grades 6-9

Where to find it:  Paperback

Links to additional materials: 

Painting of Paul Revere, by John Singleton Copley
Interactive Map of Boston, 1775, by Thomas Hyde Page
Printable Map of Boston, 1775
Map of the Countryside Surrounding Boston
Treasury of Primary Source Documents
Indentured Agreement, 1742
Colonial Dictionary
Colonial Architecture
Colonial Foods
The Tavern in Colonial America
Another Collectiono of Primary Sources
Colonial Currency
Early American Music
Uniforms of the Revolutionary War
Proclamation of 1763

Kid-friendly Sites:

Clothing of the 18th Century
American Revolution.org 

Teach US History
EyeWitness to History
Colonial Williamsburg Site

CR PreviewThe Candle Star: Classroom Resources 

978-1469917603 • Paperback • 8.5 x 11 • 48 pages • $8.99

Designed for use with historical fiction novel, The Candle Star.
Grades 5-8

Where to find it:  Paperback

Kid-friendly Sites:

Scholastic: The Underground Railroad
National Geographic: The Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad Interactive Map
History: Underground Railroad (includes 3 minute Harriet Tubman video)
For more kid-friendly Civil War websites, look under the listing for Blood of Pioneers.

Fully developed Candle Star lesson plans:
The Candle Star Anticipation Guide (Pre-reading activity)
The Poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in the Civil War Era
Map Skills, Railroads–Using Primary Resources

Classroom resources Blood of PioneersBlood of Pioneers: Classroom Resources  

978-1493642137 • Paperback • 8.5 x 11 • 52 pages • $8.99

Designed for use with historical fiction novel, Blood of Pioneers.
Grades 5-8

Where to find it:  Paperback

Links to additional materials:

Civil War Images by Matthew Brady
Text of the Emancipation Proclamation
Interactive Map of Allegan County 1873
Michigan Railroad Map, 1876
Michigan 17th Infantry

Map of Michigan’s Indian Trails
Old Maps of the Erie Canal
Early Michigan Roads
The Panic of 1857
Civil War Generals
Civil War Medicine
History of Wayland
Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo Plank Road

Kid-Friendly Sites:

Civil War for Kids
Slavery: Cause and Catalyst of the Civil War
Social Studies for Kids

BookCoverImageBeneath the Slashings: Classroom Resources 

978-1478350477 • Paperback • 8.5 x 11 • 48 pages • $8.99

Designed for use with historical fiction novel, Beneath the Slashings.
Grades 5-8

Where to find it:  Paperback

Links to additional materials:

Collection of Lumbering Images
Lumbering in Michigan 1840-1900 Collection of Primary Sources
Michigan State University Lumbering Era Overview
Michigan Board Feet
Interactive Maps of Michigan
Saginaw Lumbering Article from 1868
Manistee History
Searchable War Images
Lumberjack Lingo
Civil War Medicine
Great Fire of 1871
Professional Paper on Michigan Fires of 1871 by Huug van den Dool
Great Fire of 1881
Song “I Wonder as I Wander”
Personal Narrative of Lumberjack W. G. Leonard
Seeking Michigan Lumber Camp Archive
Michigan Lumbering History 5 Minute Video
Hartwick Pines State Park
North Country History
Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks (Lyrics)
Soundtracks of Lumberjack Songs

Kid-Friendly Sites:

Kids Tour: Lumber
The White Pine Era
Green Gold

quill pen classroom resources new coverThe Quill Pen: Classroom Resources

978-1469930480 • Paperback • 8.5 x 11 • 37 pages • $8.99

Designed for use with fantasy novel, The Quill Pen.
Grades 5-8

Where to find it:  Paperback

Links to Additional Materials:

James Fennimore Coopers Leatherstocking Tales
Free Kindle version of Treasure Island
Phoenix Legends
Herb Lore
Preemption Act of 1841 and Homesteading
Tide Pools Video (6:23)
History of the Widow’s Walk
New England Colonies
New England
Flour Milling in America
Types of Mills
History of American Railroads
Early Stagecoaches
United States Territorial Acquisitions
Doctine of Discovery and American Expansion
History of American General Stores

song classroom resources new coverSong of the Mountain: Classroom Resources

978-1481817264 • Paperback • 8.5 x 11 • 38 pages • $8.99

Designed for use with fantasy novel, Song of the Mountain.
Grades 5-8

Where to find it:  Paperback

Links to Additional Materials:

Purchase a Japanese puzzle box
YouTube video (1:45) of puzzle box
Origami Fun
Wu Xing diagram (the 5 elements)
Creation stories from around the world
Panda Bear Legend
Confusianism for Kids
Chow Chow Dog Breed
Chinese Name Meanings
Chinese Surnames
KidSpot Chinese Recipes
China Maps
Ducksters: Chinese Clothing
Dragon Legends Video (Answers in Genesis)

9 thoughts on “Teachers

  1. KidLitReviews


    I hope you do not mind, but I “borrowed” your apple. I think it will look so nice on the sidebar of my review site. I thought I would link it back to this page, you know, in case anyone else would want an apple, especially teachers. I bet they do not get as many apples as they did in my day (no, I am not saying when that was, trust me, it’s true).

    If you should get any new varieties of apples and would like me to change or link this one, on my site, elsewhere, let me know. It is the least I can do, it is your apple.

  2. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog

    This is such exciting news- I feel like it is my birthday! As a teacher- I am thrilled. I so enjoyed Beneath the Slashings and have wanted to read the rest of the trilogy. I will definitely be passing on this information to other teachers! You are so kind and thanks for spreading the love. :) `

  3. Connie Rehfuss

    Michelle — being a homeschooler as well do you also provide your books to “home teachers”? Are your materials useable by the home educator? I ask because I am starting a blog/website for homeschooling families in the Portland Oregon region and would love to include a link to your site.

  4. rhettbigler

    What a GREAT idea. If it wasn’t for my 11th grade English teacher, I would never have been turned on to reading and writing. Thanks for doing this (and for giving me the idea to do it as well).


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