More of my books being read on KOLR10-TV program

Hi everyone,

As of yesterday nine of my books have been recorded and posted on KOLR10-TV’s “Tell Me a Story” program, which is being produced in partnership with Springfield-Greene County Library District and sponsored by attorney Brad Bradshaw. Titles so far are AFTER DARK, POEMS ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS; A PLACE TO START A FAMILY; NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T; THE BOY WITH A DRUM; HUFFIN PUFF EXPRESS; THE BOY WHO COUNTED STARS, A PERFECT PLACE FOR A FAMILY; BUGS, POEMS ABOUT CREEPING THINGS; and WHEN COWS COME HOME. More readings will be added soon.

The KOLR10-TV goal is to provide an online library for children at home during the pandemic and it’s being well received. Yesterday the station’s Dave Bowen told me “response has been pretty amazing. People are staying on repeatedly for stories.”

If you know any families who might be interested in this resource, here’s how to access it. Go to KOLR10-TV at, click on “Living Ozarks,” along the top of the page, and scroll down to “Tell Me A Story.” That takes you straight to the whole menu. Readers so far include Joy Robertson, Tom Trtan, and other talented personalities. I’m happier than I can say to be participating in this way to reach kids at home during a trying time for many.

Hear my books on KOLR10-TV

Hi everyone,

As the nation scrambles to reach kids isolated at home during the crisis, a number of creative ideas are bubbling up. One going on in Springfield, Missouri is on CBS affiliate station KOLR10-TV in partnership with Springfield Greene-County Library District. On-air Talent from KOLR are reading a series of my books for families at home throughout the region to hear. So far they’ve recorded four titles: WHEN COWS COME HOME, THE BOY WHO COUNTED STARS, and BUGS, POEMS ABOUT CREEPING THINGS (all from Boyds Mills Press) and A PERFECT PLACE FOR A FAMILY (from Holiday House). Here’s the link.

Part of the plan calls for me to go to the station for an interview and to read one of the books myself. Time will tell if that will happen soon or need to be delayed for a while. Whatever happens, I’m thrilled to have this chance to reach a lot of children who may be getting tired of staying in.

Awakening the Writer Within

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Jennifer Moore sent us the link to the video we made last week on Ozark Public Television. This is the program she hosted called AWAKENING THE WRITER WITHIN. It included three panelists, Jennifer Murvin, Dave Malone, and me.

If you would like to watch the one-hour show, or know someone who might, here’s where to find it.

Awakening the Writer Within | Sense of Community
Discussion of writing techniques

Once again, my thanks to Jennifer Moore for initiating and hosting the program. It was a pleasure to meet and work with Jennifer Murvin and Dave Malone.

Join me today on Mom Monday

BULLETIN: Here is how to find the Mom Monday show today at 3:30 CST:

Hi everyone,

Today at 3:30 CST I’ll be on KY3’s Emily Woods afternoon show called, “Mom Monday.” This morning at 10:30 Emily will interview me at David Harrison Elementary School and tape me reading to some of the kids. That report will be aired today on KY3 News at 4:00 and a longer version on News at 5:00.

The program at 3:30 is broadcast on Facebook so people can watch and post questions and comments. I believe you can find it by going to “Mom Monday Emily Wood,” but if I find a more direct address I’ll add it to this post as a bulletin. Hope you’ll join me.

Reach Out and Read

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I had a pleasant surprise yesterday. Jesse Bornemann, one of the Awesomesauce Nine poets who joined me at The Barn in August, was telling me about a new partnership between Land’s End and Reach Out and Read, the national early literacy organization she works for, which is similar in many ways to Imagination Library. When children see their health provider for regular checkups, they receive a free book to take home. The program was founded in 1989 and is in all fifty states. Currently 4.7 million children per year are receiving books. Jesse noticed that Reach Out and Read website shows a picture of a book of mine and believes that I have others in the program. I’m delighted of course.
I’m grateful to Jesse for pointing this out to me!