I’ve accepted a request from HarperCollins Publishers India to reprint one of my poems in an upcoming set of English school textbooks. The poem is one that gets around. “My Book!” first appeared in SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK, published in 1993 by Boyds Mills Press. My payment for the reprint will be in rupees so I’ll have to make arrangements for the exchange.
The last similar experience was a reprint request from Editions Didier in France for the poem, “It’s Me,” that was first published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in LITERATURE AND THE CHILD. For that one I had to jump through hoops to change francs to dollars and avoid paying taxes in France instead of the United States.
As if all the wonderful support I’ve received during the last several days weren’t enough to perk me up, yesterday’s mail brought a long-awaited treasure. My copy of LITERATURE AND THE CHILD, 9th Edition, Cengage Learning, arrived. It is, as you can see, a handsome book (521 pages, priced at $199) and masterfully edited by Lee Galda and Lauren Aimonette Liang. I’m proud to be in it.
My poem, which originally appeared in EASY POETRY LESSONS THAT DAZZLE AND DELIGHT (Harrison & Cullinan, Scholastic), is an example of link rhyming (in which the final word or syllable of one line rhymes with the first word or syllable of the next line), and is called “The Future Me.”
My special thanks to the editors and good wishes for the success for this edition.
I’m glad to report that the 9th edition of LITERATURE AND THE CHILD has just been released (January 1) by Wadsworth Publishing. It weighs in at 521 pages with a list price of $199.95. Lee Galda, Lawrence R. Sipe, and Lauren A. Liang are the authors.
It’s my pleasure to be in this edition too. I don’t remember when I began to be included in this grand resource book but it was at least a few editions ago. I’m grateful to Bernice Cullinan for selecting me originally and to Lee Galda for keeping me in the lineup.