Virtual book talk at Left Bank Books tomorrow

Hi everyone,

Here’s a short reminder that tomorrow (Tuesday), Kate Cosgrove and I will “appear” at Left Bank Books in St. Louis to introduce and talk about our new book, THE DIRT BOOK, at 11:00 CT.

To join us, here’s the link. Hope to see you there.

Have you voted yet?

Hi everyone,

I‘m loving the help to decide how to spell goo foffing. Yesterday really brought out the vote! I haven’t tallied the results yet and don’t plan to until Monday morning when the big announcement will be made.

If you haven’t voted yet, you have through Sunday night. And you don’t even have to prove you’ve had your shots! O course I’m not giving away donuts or beer of tickets to a lottery so there’s that.

Settling this business of goo foffing.

Hi everyone,

Before Word Press made its updates I knew where to find and post a ballot box but now I don’t. The best I can do is post a numbered list of options and you can vote by number. Here’s what we have to consider.

  1. goo foffing
  2. goo-foffing
  3. goo f offing
  4. GooFoffing
  5. goof offing
  6. goofoffing
  7. foffing

All you need to do is leave a comment indicating your numbered option of choice. And to keep this fair, it isn’t too late to make a write-in option. Thank you for helping me clarify this great puzzlement. I’ll leave the polls open through the weekend and announce the final decision on Monday. Thanks for being silly with me. Sometimes making no sense is the only thing that does. Love you all.

Why should your child write poetry?

Hi everyone,

Today I’m pleased to see “Why Should Your Child Write Poetry?” a brief post I wrote for The Springfield-Greene County Library District go up on their blog. It’s part of a build up for next week’s Summer Reading virtual program. I’m doing sessions on June 2 and 3. I’ve used some of the same techniques in other workshops, with adults as well as children. I’m hoping that some of the parents or older siblings who sign up for the free one next week will also find themselves writing poems along with their littles. I hope to see you there!

Worldwide reading of Jesse and Grace tonight

Hi everyone,

Tonight at 5:00 CST, 6:00 EST, Sandy Asher and I are reading our story in verse about two best friends 4th graders: Jesse and Grace, a Best Friends Story. Some of you have heard us before but this time we’re on radio and the broadcast goes out worldwide. Apple users may have problems, which are adaptable if you have the right app I’m told, but everyone else should be okay. To listen all you should need to do is go to and the show will be streamed there.

For those of you in other parts of the world, I made a short list and attempted to look up the differences between our time here in Central Standard Time and your time. I don’t promise that these are all correct so you’d better double-check me if you are interested in hearing the reading.

+8 hours later for you: Kenneth Tumusiime, Kampala, Uganda

+5 hours later for you: Silindle Ntuli-Nxasane Lives, Hammarsdale, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

+10 hours later for you:   Zafar Rashid Lives, Lahore, Pakistan

+12 hours later for you:      Pote Chinavarakul, Chiang Mai, Thailand

+13 hours later for you:      Joan Liu, Singapore

+8 hours later for you:       Christina Botta, Turin, Italy

+8 hours later for you:       Renee LaTulippe, Piombino, Italy

+10’45” hours later for you: Shan Shanti, Kathmandu, Nepal

+6   hours later for you:     Bryn Strudwick, Basingstoke, England

+7 hours later for you:       Richard Lungu, Lusaka, Zambia

+8 hours later for you:      Vida Sreta Zuljevic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

+3 hours later for you:     Daniela Alejandra Fuentes, Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires

+8hours later for you:      Rian Draijer, Amsterdam

+10’30” hours later for you: Rama Dixit, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Here’s part of the press release.


“Jesse and Grace: A Best Friends Story” a radio play for young audiences by Sandy Asher and David L. Harrison.  will air on “The Open Eye Theater Playtime” on WIOX Radio in the Catskills 91.3 FM, Tuesday, May 11, at 6:00 p.m. ET.  Children in grades 2-5 and their families will especially appreciate this play about two children who have been friends since birth, almost 10 years.  It has never mattered that Jesse is a boy and Grace is a girl.  They have always understood each other, protected each other, comforted each other, and shared their jokes, toys, dreams, and love of poetry and basketball.  But now they’re in the fourth grade and about to celebrate their 10th birthdays.  When Grace writes a birthday poem and gives it to Jesse, their classmates begin teasing: “Jesse’s got a girlfriend!  Grace’s got a boyfriend!”  Confused and hurt, humiliated and angry, they stop speaking to each other, and do everything they can to avoid each other.  Secretly, they long to forgive and forget, and in time learn that a best friend is the best kind of friend of all.

Winner of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s Distinguished Play Award, “Jessse and Grace, a Best Friends Story” was developed from a cycle of poems co-written by Sandy Asher and David L. Harrison.  Sandy and David will perform a two-character radio version of the play live on “The Open Eye Theater Playtime,” Tuesday, May 11, at 6:00 p.m. ET, and will share their creative process with Playtime co-hosts Carol and Arnie Schwartz and Amie Brockway.