Proven steps to reading, writing and oral proficiency for English learners. This curriculum supplement helps teachers teach EL and striving students in grades 1-8.

Strategies That Jump-Start Writing. Renowned writing strategy duo Michael Salinger and Sara Holbrook team with comprehension guru Stephanie Harvey with this innovative tool that targets reading, writing and speaking standards. 

This offbeat poetry book for middle grades and up grooves along with the funky artwork of Cleveland underground artist Scott Pickering. Buy your copies now and support literacy, art and fun!

Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger

Outspoken Literacy Consultants

Author/Educators Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger visit schools worldwide providing author visits, professional development and classroom workshops in writing, comprehension strategies, and public speaking for students K-12.

High-energy performance poets, Sara and Michael are frequent presenters at schools and conferences in the United States and over 50 countries. They provide lively, interactive assemblies, spirited classroom experiences, and engaging PD.

“We can show you writing framework strategies that will help make your students’ learning more visible.” – Michael Salinger

“Our collaborative snapshot writing lessons help kids question, synthesize, summarize and evidence learning. Strivers become thrivers.” – Sara Holbrook

All kids, all subject areas.

Sara and Michael

creativity . collaboration . engagement .

Our Writing Strategies

foster engagement • build literacy skills • expand vocabulary • deepen understanding • encourage close reading • make learning visible

Our Public Speaking Strategies

scaffold public speaking • build confidence • create community • combat stage fright • encourage collaboration • support risk taking • make learning visible

Our Team

We are sought-out award-winning performers and authors of many books for children – both story and textbooks. We captivate students – and educators!


From the Blog...


January 1 - June 15, 2024
Stonebrook - Michael R. White Montessori
We have accepted a long term residency working Mondays and Thursdays in support of all around literacy. Our scheduling remains flexible though, so that we may accept other opportunities to work with students and teachers locally and abroad. We love our students at Stonebrook-White.

September 20 - 27, 2023
Canutillo Independent School District - El Paso, Texas
We will be working with two middle schools in the Canutillo district.

October 13, 2023
East Central Ohio Educational Service Center - New Philadelphia, Ohio
We return to Kent State Tuscarawas campus to work with young authors.

October 30 - November 4, 2023
The American International School of Lagos - Lagos, Nigeria
We can't wait to hit the international road again and Africa is always a good choice. Halloween in Lagos should be exciting!

November 24 - 30, 2023
The International School of Yangon - Yangon, Myanmar
We are so thrilled to be headed back to this part of the world and looking forward to reconnecting with old friends.

January 22 - 26, 2024
Eastern Middle School, Greenwich CT
This will make 20 years we've been visiting this great little school!

February 19 - March 1, 2024
American Embassy School - New Delhi, India
How delightfully overwhelming to be going back to India where everything is happening everywhere all at once!

March 7 - 8, 2024
Write to Learn Conference, Columbia, MO
This will be our third time participating in this great conference.

April 15 - 17, 2024
Korea International School - Jeju Island, South Korea
Not only will we be meeting some exceptional educators and students we're betting there will be some Bi Bim Bop and bicycling involved.

April 18 - 24, 2024
Banksome Hall, Asia - Jeju Island, South Korea
We've worked with students here virtually, and now we get the chance to meet them face to face!

September 12, 2024
Friends of the Solon Public Library - Family Poetry Night
Join us for a fun night of interactive family centered writing and performing.


“Sara and Michael bring infectious energy and joy leavened with deep knowledge of best practices in literacy to their work with children and teachers.” Ellin Keene – Author of Mosaic of Thought and The Teacher You Want to Be
“Sara and Michael bring magic, and a contagious love of words to both students and teachers alike!” Georgia Heard - Author of Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School More testimonials...