Being interviewed today

Hi everyone,

This morning at 11:00 CT I’ll be interviewed on Springfield’s KWTO Radio by Bonnie Bell. During her podcast program, called Watching the Ozarks, we’ll talk about THE DIRT BOOK in particular and my career in general for thirty minutes. The interview will be recorded and aired this Sunday evening at 8:00. The following Sunday it will become archived and anyone thereafter can look for it at will. KWTO 93,3 FM and 560 AM reaches parts of four states — Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Before and after the interview I’ll have time, I think, to complete a poem I started yesterday.

Tonight on Ozarks Public TV: My interview on OzarksWatch Video Magazine

Hi everyone,

I meant to mention on today’s first post that tonight is the second showing of my interview on OzarksWatch Video Magazine aired on Ozarks Public Television. The program begins at 9:00 p.m. CST. I’ve just discovered that the talk is now archived so you can watch anytime you like by clicking on this link:

Now it’s head down for several months

Hi everyone,

My thanks to Evan Robb for hosting Laura Robb and me yesterday evening as we talked about our new book, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH. Here’s the link. .
And here’s the link to my reading aloud from AFTER DARK, which is currently available on the Drury University website:

Yesterday we (Tim Rasinski, Mary Jo Fresch, and I) agreed to terms with Scholastic Teacher Resources to write two books in time for publication early in 2022. For my part it means an enormous amount of work with deadlines of June 1 for the first manuscript and July 1 for the second. If I didn’t have anything else to do, this would be close to impossible so let’s say I’m delighted and concerned.

I’m afraid I’ll need to sharply curtail my blog posts for a while. On average I spend an hour each morning to post something new and believe me I’m going to need those twenty hours a month for a while. I may need to post once or twice a week, or maybe just when something new happens, until I see how the new work is going to progress. I hope you’ll understand and bear with me.

With thanks to Hollie and Tammy

Hi everyone,

Sometime back I shared that I was interviewed by Hollie D’Agata and Tammy Brown for Pennsylvania Reads, the journal published by Keystone State Literacy Association. Yesterday Hollie told me the piece is now available on the KSLA website at . I’m honored to be in it and grateful to Hollie and Tammy. Our conversation predated the publication of this year’s titles so we chatted about other things. It’s pretty long so we’ll still be friends if you don’t read all of it (or skip it completely). Not as good of friends, of course, but still friends. (:>

A week for partners

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The Kansas/Missouri issue of the SCBWI journal just came out and I’m happy to be the featured author with a focus on RUM PUM PUM and the process of writing with a partner. Here’s the link,

Many thanks to Amanda Flinn, the new PAL coordinator for SCBWI Kansas/Missouri, for getting in touch and writing the article/interview. I appreciate it very much and am especially glad to give a boost to RUM PUM PUM. Jane Yolen and I had fun writing this one.

Today I’ll tackle my part of the responses for a interview with Laura Robb and me for GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH, and Friday Mary Jo Fresch and I will Zoom-talk about how to handle an upcoming short article by us about EMPOWERING STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE OF VOCABULARY: LEARNING HOW LANGUAGE WORKSS. These are for our respective publishers to be used on their blogs and perhaps other promotional outlets. This is a week for working with partners!