Book signing at Sundog Books

Hi everyone,

This morning, July 11, at 10:00 I’ll start signing books at Sundog Books in Seaside, Florida. If you’re in the area, I hope you can stop by. I’ll be signing my new title, AND THE BULLFROGS SING, but other books will be available, including A PLACE TO START A FAMILY and CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS. If you haven’t posted a review on Amazon of any of these books, it’s not too late. (:>

Looking toward my 3,000th blog post coming up this summer

Hi everyone,

For what it’s worth, this morning is the 2,961st time I’ve greeted you (in the same way) on my blog since October 2009. According to the stats, I’ve chatted about 861 categories of subjects. Sometimes my thoughts for the day bore you and you skip on to something else. Fair enough of course. And on other occasions I’m delighted when many of you respond. So far this spot has been viewed more than 415,000 times by visitors in 190 countries. The record high views in a single day is 2,698.

Over the years you’ve dreamed with me, encouraged me, informed me, laughed with me, felt sad with me, and celebrated with me. You’ve left your thoughts and questions more than 20,000 times. I’m grateful for the camaraderie we’ve developed over the years and I look forward daily to hearing from those of you who drop by to check out the day’s offering and leave a comment.

According to the stats, I’m 39 posts short of 3,000 so I should hit that number sometime around the end of July or early August. I’ll let you know when it happens.


Hi everyone,

Here’s a second post today. I didn’t realize that Kathy Temean’s feature of AND THE BULLFROGS SING went up today on her site at

It’ a lovely interview/article about the journey my new frog book took from concept to reality and introduces anyone who might know her to Kate Cosgrove, the gifted artist on the book. It also takes you to a new interview elsewhere with Kate so you can learn more about her.

AND, if you follow Kathy’s suggestions, you might be the one who wins a free signed copy of AND THE BULLFROGS SING.

Please take a minute to visit Kathy’s site and leave a comment if you’d like to have your name in the hat for the drawing.

New interview on ALSC

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to be featured on the current blog post of ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children). I’m grateful to Sarah Bean Thompson, Youth Services Manager at The Library Center, for doing the interview and posting the results to share with 4,000 members around the United States. Membership includes children’s and youth librarians, children’s literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults committed to improving and ensuring the future of the nation through exemplary library service to children, their families, and others who work with children.

Here’s the link for anyone interested in reading and/or sharing the post with others.

My sincere thanks to Sarah!

New essay on getting kids ready to write

Hi everyone,

Here's the link to Sam Bommarito's blog site.
Mary Jo Fresch and I have a new post there and I invite anyone interested to drop over to give it a look.

Sam co-edits "Missouri Reader" with Glenda Nugent, and he will also be the next president of Missouri ILA. It was generous of Sam to invite us to contribute to his blog. Hope you like our post.