The Missouri Center for the Book reception

Hi everyone,
My thanks to Missouri Center for the Book board and to Naomi Williamson in particular for planning and hosting a wonderful reception yesterday in Warrensburg. The event was to recognize my book, PIRATES, which was selected this year to represent Missouri at the National Book Fair.
As part of the celebration, PIRATES artist Dan Burr was flown in from Idaho. As if that weren’t enough, our friends Larry and Maryann Wakefield made the trek with us and Cheryl Harness and Vicki Grove drove in to join the festivities. AND, when I walked in the first thing I saw was a large glassed-in case that contained each and every one of my 89 books listed on my website!
Cathy Clear somehow managed to find every book that wasn’t already in the university’s collection. How she did it I don’t know. What I do know is that I was speechless when I saw her handiwork.

Cowboys and Pirates in Texas

Hi everyone,

This photo was taken at the Texas Library Association Conference by Kerry McManus at the Boyds Mills Press booth. Dan Burr and I were signing COWBOYS and PIRATES when a pirate came strolling by and posed with us. I’m sorry that I don’t have his name but he made a convincing pirate and we enjoyed the chat.


Georgia Heard’s new book

Hi everyone,

I’m having a fine time this month on Sylvia Vardell’s blogspot.

Two days ago Shandra Harrel interviewed me there about my new book of poetry, COWBOYS.

Yesterday my talented collaborator, artist Dan Burr, was interviewed and today Gerogia Heard is featured with her new book of found poems, THE ARROW FINDS ITS MARK.

Georgia is one of my favorite people. I also have two poems in her book.

Here’s the link to read about Georgia. Scroll back one day from that to find Dan and two days for me.

This morning I’m off to visit students in Bradleyville, Missouri and am looking forward to it. At the recent Writers Hall of Fame banquet, my friend and author Jim Combs was high bidder for a school visit by me and today is when I’m making that visit. I’ll be with students in grades K-8, which always presents an interesting challenge. I know we’re going to have a good time together.


Dan Burr interviewed on Sylvia Vardell’s post

Hi, everyone,

Yesterday I was delighted to be interviewed for Sylvia Vardell’s blogspot by Shandra Harrel, a teacher and student of Sylvia’s at Texas Woman’s College. The subject of the interview was my newest book, COWBOYS, a collaboration with Dan Burr. Today it’s Dan’s turn to be featured so I know that fans of Dan will want to see what he has to say about the development of COWBOYS. Here’s the link. If you missed mine, just scroll back to yesterday.


Robin Brickman tomorrow

Hi everyone,Tomorrow my Featured Guest is Robin Brickman.

It is always a treat to feature a gifted artist as you have seen with Brad Sneed, Dan Burr, Cheryl Harness, and Rob Shepperson on past posts.

Robin graduated from Bennington College with a B.A. in graphic arts and botany. She has been a freelance artist since 1976 and a workshop leader in schools since 1999. She has illustrated twenty books. Robin has had her work shown in several exhibitions at museums and galleries such as the New York State Museum, the Normal Rockwell Museum, the Berkshire Museum, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, and the Smithsonian Institution. Robin is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In addition to creating detailed paper sculptures, Robin works in pen and ink, graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, airbrush, and pastel dust. She is also an avid knitter. >

Dont forget to join us tomorrow to learn what Robin has to say.