I’ve made 5-minute videos of me reading from two books, AFTER DARK and NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T. They’re homemade on my laptop so the quality is about what you would expect, but I was successful yesterday in sharing them with another party so now I can share them with others who might be looking for material for teaching homebound kids. I used “We Transfer” to move the videos. It’s a free program that worked for me although I’m sure there are others that will do as well. My Dropbox is full so I can’t use it unless I spend time deleting stuff and I don’t want to make the effort right now. So far “We Transfer” works for some but not for everyone. Today I hope to try a different way to make these and other videos available, maybe through YouTube. I’ll let you know when I get it figured out.
My publishers remind me that these videos are good through June 30 and should be requested by or through teachers and librarians who are seeking ways to reach their homebound students during this crisis.
Here’s some found art I hope you enjoy.
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. https://www.ozarksfirst.com/tell-me-a-story/
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.