I’m working with STEPHANIE SMALLWOOD at The Library Center in Springfield on a new program for April. I’m developing a manuscript about the sounds we hear at night, which made me think that kids (and adults) might enjoy an evening learning more about the creatures that make them. This picture is from a program I gave about The Dirt Book when it came out last year. We had a lot of fun that evening!
Popular musician JUDY DOMENY and our friends from the Springfield Conservation Nature Center will join us for the evening to help us identify some of the sounds. Kids will learn facts about local nocturnal animals, enjoy stories and poems and even get to make some night sounds themselves!
Can you think of any songs I can pass along to Judy for the program? Any other ideas on how I can make the program more interesting for the kids that night? Maybe contests to see who can make the best imitations of a cricket? A tree frog? A katydid? Thanks for any ideas you might suggest. April will be before you know it
Another week has flown by. I’m down to the last two poems in the first two quarters of a school year for “the project.” When I finish early next week, I’d like to take a few days off before tackling quarters three and four. That will give me a little time to push forward on a trade book I have in mind.I can’t pull off for long though. This first half has 30 poems in it; the second, 45. I’ll need to review the work-days I can count on between now and November 15 and judge from that.
Next week, on September 1, I’ll have a lot of fun presenting a program at Springfield’s main library, The Library Center, at 7:00 p.m.. To help me talk about THE DIRT BOOK and the importance of dirt, representatives from the Nature Center and Dickerson Park Zoo will bring some live animals to show the kids in the audience. Some of the exhibits are in my book. Additionally, the well-known folk singer Judy Domeny will perform songs based on poems in the book. I can’t wait to hear her.