Voting time is short this month

Hello everyone,

This is to remind you that the voting period for Hall of Fame Poet and Young Poets is reeeeealy brief this month. Thanksgiving, the day after, a weekend, and suddenly it’s Monday and voting cuts off at 10:00 CST that night. Tuesday is the last day of the month, which is when I announce our honored poets and give you the word of the month for December.

SO! Every vote counts, especially in a low turnout month, which this may be unless a lot of voters cast their ballots between now and Monday night. I’m especially concerned that students and their support groups may overlook the need to vote on Monday latest. Spread the word!

This week I had good news about Pirates, my book of piratey poems illustrated by Dan Burr. The title has been selected as one of the 20 intermediate books on the master reading list for next year’s Young Hoosier Book Award. Pirates is on this year’s master reading list for the Texas Bluebonnet Book Award so I’m delighted to see the book doing well. Last year in Indiana more than 73,000 students read enough books on the master list to qualify to vote for their favorite. In Texas the number of voting students was 191,000.

Pirates has previously been selected by Language Arts (NCTE) as one of the notable books of poetry in 2008, by VOYA (magazine for librarians) for its 2009 Nonfiction Honor List, and was on the Kansas State Reading Circle List for 2009.