Me smiling

Hi everyone,
Picture by Nathan Papes/Springfield News-Leader

My thanks to Springfield News-Leader and journalist Juliana Goodwin for featuring me as part of my 50th anniversary celebration.
For those of you who take the News-Leader, the story will be printed in Sunday’s edition.

Four in 2020

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I finished tweaking on a picture book that’s coming out next summer. The artwork is essentially complete so I think we’re on schedule. 2020 will be a good year. I’ll have four new books out, one from each of four publishers. In addition to the picture book there will be a collection of poetry that I’m excited about plus two books for classroom teachers. A number of ideas that interest me are waiting in line but I’m not likely to have time to play with them before December. I need a day stretcher.

A beautiful reminder of why we do what we do

Hi everyone,

My thanks to recent Facebook friend, Jane Barnes, who lives in Somerset, England and teaches music. She ordered two of my books as a gift for her 4-year-old niece, Alicia. When she presented the package, even though there were other conversations going on around her, Alicia focused on what was important to her at the moment — new story books. Here’s the result.

Jane, thank you so much for the gift of watching your charming niece’s response. She is a perfect reminder of what we do and why we do it.


Hi everyone,

Yesterday’s mail included a royalty statement from Dramatic Publishing, the publisher of Sandra Fenichel Asher (Sandy Asher)’s play, SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEOWORK, whose characters were inspired by my poetry. The play was first produced by Good Company Theatre for All Ages at the Vandivort Center Theatre in Springfield, Missouri, April 11-14, 2002, directed by Maxine Whittaker. Since then it has been produced numerous times, including at least once abroad, and I’m delighted each time.

According to this latest summary of activity, SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK was produced on May 18, 2019 at the University of South Carolina Upstate and on May 27, 2019 by Westbridge Children’s Theatre. I’m proud and happy that this play is still so active seventeen years after it’s 2002 debut.

This is a one-act play that features a class of 4th grade students. There’s a new kid, a missing cat, a school bus, and plenty of action to keep young audiences entertained. Sandy chose poems from my various published (and unpublished) work at the time and I was wonderfully surprised that she found enough characters to populate her highly entertaining play. It’s sort of like a musical except when actors open their mouths, instead of singing, they perform my poetry. Yes!

For more information about how to bring the play to a school or other kid friendly venue near you, contact Dramatic Publishing, 311 Washington St., Woodstock, IL 60098. Telephone: 800-448-7469. Sandy can also provide more insight into the play so you can contact her too.