M. Colleen Cruz

Writer, Educator, Consultant

Latest News:

Thrilled to share that my latest book is out!

Upcoming Public Events:

TCRWP Saturday Reunion! 10/​20 Over 100 literacy workshops. I will be presenting there.

I will be presenting at the NCTE Conference 2018, Houston Texas. November 15-18.

Video Clips from Heinemann!

Here are three videos I filmed with Heinemann about the challenges and rewards of writing.


*My newest book from Heinemann is a year old! (It still has that new book smell!)

* As some of you know, the publishing numbers for books by and about people of color, different family structures and a variety of socio-economics are rather grim. weneeddiversebooks.org strives to combat that reality. They are currently fundraising in order to help a more diverse body of authors see their books published. Please consider supporting them. Even the smallest amounts will go a long way.

*If you would like me to visit your school, district or community, please contact me using the e-mail link in the sidebar.

Selected Works

A book that addresses some of the most common and challenging struggles a teacher of writing might face - and offers solutions
Professional Literature
A practical resource for 3rd grade teachers looking to teach writing workshop
A practical resource for 4th grade teachers looking to teach writing workshop.
A practical book and quick read from Heinemann's Help Desk Imprint
Co-written with Lucy Calkins, this book is a part of the Units of Study First Hand Series from Heinemann.
Designed for teachers, this book discusses the ins and outs of teaching students to cultivate independent writing lives.
Young Adult Novel
A finalist for the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, this book follows the story of Cesi as she embarks on a journey to Mexico in order to learn more about her family, and herself.