Getting ready for Texas

Hi everyone,

Today I’m pulling the last of my thoughts together for next week’s TLA conference in Dallas. TLA is always a great conference. Boyds Mills is sponsoring me to mark the publication of CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS and I’ll also sign the new title, A PLACE TO START A FAMILY for Charlesbridge.

On Tuesday I’ll be part of a gang of poets in Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong’s pre-con workshop taking turns talking about selected subjects. I chose “Science through Poetry.”

On Wednesday I’ll join Sylvia, Janet, and others to speak about poetry related subjects. My topic is “Word of the Month Poetry Challenge.”

I’ll wind up on Thursday being a featured poet in another Sylvia classic: Poetry Roundup. I have 8-9 minutes to read some of my poems and I look forward to it. I enjoy hearing other poets read their work too.

A nice thing

Hi everyone,

My thanks to Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong for publishing a page from POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR SCIENCE TAKE 5! in SCIENCE & CHILDREN (a National Science Teachers Association publication). The page includes a poem of mine, “My Robot,” with practical suggestions on activities based on the message. It’s a handsome magazine and I’m delighted to be in it. Thank you, Sylvia and Janet!

CBC List of Gifts Galore

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Janet Wong posted that GIFT TAG, the e-book published by Pomelo, has been selected by CBC (Children’s Book Council) for its 2015 Gifts Galore list. The description says that 28 poets from the PoetryTagTime and P*TAG e-books reflect on a wide variety of holiday subjects. Editors: Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. Here’s the link. http://www.cbcbooks.org/cbc-book-lists/gifts-galore

Poetry Tag Time

Gift Tag

When I congratulated Janet and Sylvia, Janet pointed out that a book of mine is on the same list. It’s A PERFECT HOME FOR A FAMILY, published by Holiday House and beautifully illustrated by Italian artist Roberta Angaramo.A Perfect Home for a Family

New children’s edition of Poetry Friday Anthology for Science: THE POETRY OF SCIENCE

Hi everyone,

Good news from Janet WongJanet Wong and Sylvia Vardell,Sylvia Vardell dba Pomelo Books.
51tv+N-q3IL__SX384_BO1,204,203,200_ I’ll use Janet’s words to explain.

“Earlier this year we started shuffling the poems (in Poetry Friday Anthology for Science). A LOT of shuffling and reshuffling and RESHUFFLING later, we now have a new Children’s Edition with 248 poems, none of the Take 5 mini-lessons, and no grade-level groupings—just the poems organized by topics (and embellished with black-and-white illustrations by Frank Ramspott and Bug Wang). Our hope is that teachers and librarians will continue to use the Teacher Edition but that they’ll also buy the Children’s Edition to allow kids to follow along in their own books (or to take home for reading on their own).”

Way to go, Janet and Sylvia! I’m told that the Remix is now available and is a Children’s Book Council “Hot Off the Press” title!
http://www.cbcbooks.org/cbc_book/the-poetry-of-science-the-poetry-friday-anthology-for-science-for-kids/#.Vl8TbnhGTFJ

It is available on Amazon and also from QEP Books. Here are links:

QEP:
https://www.qepbooks.com/Poetry-of-Science–The–The-Poetry-Friday-Anthology-for-Science-for-Kids

Amazon:
paperback: http://www.amazon.com/The-Poetry-Science-Friday-Anthology/dp/1937057984/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=04KY2C8RX5Y300E8J3SP

ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Poetry-Science-Friday-Anthology-KIDS-ebook/dp/B018SV2RGW/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1449072763&sr=8-18&keywords=poetry+of+science

I’m pleased to be one of the 78 poets in this collection and am happy that our editors/publishers are providing such a valuable tool to support classroom science studies.

Sylvia Vardell’s newest book

Poetry Aloud Here 2Sylvia Vardell

Hi everyone,
Congratulations to Sylvia Vardell for her newest title, POETRY ALOUD HERE 2.
This is a comprehensive, user-friendly roundup of what is what and who is who in children’s poetry and follows her original POETRY ALOUD HERE published in 2006. Chapters include “Why Make Poetry a Priority?”, “Which Poets Are Popular?”, “What Poetry Do Children Enjoy?”, “How Do You Promote Poetry?”, “How Do You Present Poetry to Children?”, and “What Happens after You Share the Poem?”

My copy arrived a few days ago and the wait was certainly worth it. Sylvia is a professor at Texas Woman’s University in the School of Library and Information Studies, where she teaches graduate courses in children’s and young adult literature. She is recognized as one our leading authorities on children’s poets and poetry and I’m grateful to see her latest book in print.

Many of you also know her through her partnership with Janet Wong that has produced a growing number of poetry anthologies for the classroom under their imprint, Pomelo Books, including Poetry Friday Anthology (K-5), Poetry Friday Anthology, and Poetry Friday for Middle School. The dynamic duo also collaborated on PoetryTagTime (K-5), P*TAG (for teens), and Gift Tag (holiday poems for K-8).

If you don’t follow Sylvia’s wonderful blog, start today! It’s a professional must. Today she talks about her new book so I urge you to read and enjoy what she has to say. http://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com/

Way to go, Sylvia! And thank you!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Here’s part of a note from Christopher Boucher, Managing Editor of POST ROAD. This might be of interest to my west coast friends.
“Dear Issue 26 Contributors,
I’m writing, first, to thank you again for allowing us to showcase your work in Issue 26 of Post Road. I hope that you’re pleased with the issue – we certainly are; the consensus here is that it’s one of the strongest issues that we’ve ever produced. We’ll be featuring PR26 at this year’s AWP Conference, which begins on Thursday at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. If you’re attending AWP, please stop by our table (J10) and say hello.

David