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My latest title, CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS, is off and running/leaping/flying/creeping. Reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly have all been strong. Although I’m still waiting to see a reader review on Amazon, ratings have listed it at least twice among the top 100 humorous poetry books on the market.
So far kids who have heard me read poems from the book especially like “Our School Nurse,” “Stink Bug Class,” and “Horse Fly Grade Card.” My thanks again to artist Julie Bayless for bringing so much humorous detail to her wonderful pictures. Her bugs wearing backpacks are delightful. Way to go, Julie!
When I agreed to visit a primary school in Kirksville, I decided to drive up on Sunday — it’s more than a four hour drive — to be there at 8:00 Monday morning. I wasn’t excited about making the trip, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
Sandy surprised me by saying she was going with me. She knew there would be little for her to do Monday while I was working, but she went anyway, and the drive was far more enjoyable than I had anticipated.
Yesterday, while I spent the day at Kirksville Primary School giving eight 30-minute talks, Sandy whiled away the hours waiting for me, much of it in the hotel lobby where we’d spent the night. She picked me up after school and we drove back home, arriving at 7:00.
Mates do acts of kindness for mates. I offer this as a great example. Thank you, Sweetheart. I love you.
Today I’m with 550 K-2 students in Kirksville, Missouri public schools. Working with librarian Robyn Pasa and principal Ernest Motely we set a schedule that should keep everyone involved. Wish me luck.
8:30-9:00 K-2 Opening Assembly David Harrison will present an opening assembly where he will introduce himself, talk about being an author and give an overview of what he will be doing with each grade level later in the day.
9:10-9:40 Kindergarten Pod 1 Kindergarten Sound-Effects Presentation
9:45-10:15 2nd Grade Pod 1 Second Grade Memory-Based Writing Presentation
10:30-11:00 2nd Grade Pod 2 Second Grade Memory-Based Writing Presentation
12:10-12:40 1st Grade Pod 1 First Grade List Poems Presentation
12:50-1:20 1st Grade Pod 2 First Grade List Poems Presentation
1:25-1:50 Kindergarten Pod 2 Kindergarten Sound-Effects Presentation
2:00-2:30 Final Assembly David Harrison will end the day with an all-school assembly that recaps what was covered in the grade level presentations and features student demonstrations.
Some mornings will stop you in your tracks just to give Mother Nature a two thumbs up. Here’s an example: the sun beaming on a new day at Goose Lake.
If this makes you feel like writing a poem, be my guest. It’s a quick prompt for today.
Here are some pictures taken the other night by Library Community Relations Director Kathleen O’Dell when I was giving my program. The charming young miss, Lilly Williams, did a beautiful job of reading with expression when she joined me in a two-voice poem.
Janine Clark-Barry, a frequent visitor here on my blog, was the perfect grump in a two-voice poem by that name. Way to go, Janine!
All in all, a fun night. Sandy was there but wound up minding the book sales and so was spared hearing me do my thing for the millionth time. Thank you, dear Sandy!These are my new friends, Brendan, Raanan, Isaac and Abigail Minnick.
And to Kathleen go big thanks for setting up the event, including it in the Library’s promotion listing of upcoming events (The Bookends), promoting the evening in numerous other ways, and extending her long day to introduce me and stay to the end. Thank you, Kathleen!