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. (:>

New recognition for A PLACE TO START A FAMILY

Hi everyone,

The annual ILA Teachers’ Choices Reading List is out for 2019 and I’m happy to say that A PLACE TO START A FAMILY is one of ten titles in the K-2 category chosen by teachers nationwide.

Way to illustrate, Giles Laroche! Way to edit, Karen Boss! Thanks, Charlesbridge!

Some very good news

Hi everyone,

I learned yesterday that A PLACE TO START A FAMILY was chosen by Bank Street College for its 2019 list of Best Books of the Year published in 2018.

Congratulations to my wonderful artist partner on this book, Giles Laroche, and thank you to Charlesbridge and my gifted editor, Karen Boss. Yay for the team!

A good way to start the week!

Hi everyone,

More good news for A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. Last night I received notice that the book has been selected a K-3 2019-20 Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award Title.

Voting by students will begin in January 2020 and winners will be announced in mid March. Fingers crossed for a win, but just being on the list is high honor. The purpose of the Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program is to promote reading of quality books by young people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to encourage teacher / librarian collaboration in young adult and children’s literature, and to honor authors whose works have been recognized by the students of Pennsylvania.

My gratitude to the librarians of Pennsylvania for selecting my title for the list.

To video or not to video

Hi everyone,

This past week I’ve spent time recording myself in three 3-minute promotional videos, one each for NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T; A PLACE TO START A FAMILY; and CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS. I’ve intended to do this for months and wasted time searching in vain for the program I used quite a while ago when Sandy and I made a video of me reciting one of my poems, “Practice.” Jeff finally came to my rescue and determined that my program had gone out of existence and must have been dropped during an update. He installed VSDC Video Editor, which is free and easy to use.

Making promotional videos is hard work, at least for me. I forget to smile. I scratch my nose. You can hear my breathing. It’s awkward holding up a book. I fail to include an important point. The light makes my skin look creepy. Etc. But yesterday I finally got a decent take on the third book so now they’re in the file ready to use.

Next I need to set up a new DropBox account so my publishers can share the videos and we can talk about ways to use them. It’s a whole new world out there baby.