ILA report

Hi everyone,

Home from Austin with many new good memories in spite of heat that reached 105-109 for record setting daily highs. Attendance was down somewhat but still several thousand people from here and abroad were there and it was time well spent.

I was grateful to Sandy for going with me and I know that Mary Jo was glad that Hank came too. The four of us have a good time together and when conference work kept Mary Jo and me busy, Sandy and Hank amused themselves sightseeing and shopping.

Mary Jo Fresch and I enjoyed doing a Facebook Live broadcast that has been viewed more then 8,400 times already, and on Sunday afternoon we had excellent attendance for our two-hour workshop. Also hooked up with Laura Robb to discuss a book we might do together and touched base with Glenda Nugent about the poetry article I’m writing for Missouri Reader. Had a good visit with Su Hutchens and talked her into contributing to my article about her experiences in using poetry in the classroom.

My thanks to the folks at Teacher Created Materials for their generous support and lovely breakfast on Sunday morning, and to my friends at Scholastic for their usual stellar author reception on Saturday evening as well as for putting us on Facebook Live and proving a signing time/space at their display area.

Baiting up

Hi everyone,

Got a query yesterday from an acquisitions editor at an educational house who asked if Mary Jo Fresch and I might be interested in writing a book for them. Too early to do any dancing, but it did add an uptick to the day. We have one now that has been out for a while with readers and we expect to hear something any day now. It’s good to have some hooks in the water. I have others out there with Jane Yolen and also with Sandy Asher, plus a number of my own. It keeps me hoping every morning that this is going to be the day!

Pushin’ dem books

Hi everyone,

On Saturday we drove to Seaside to shop at the Farmers’ Market. While there I dropped into the book store, Sundog Books, to say hi to the gang and see if they still had some of my titles in stock from my signing in March. They did. They were out of PIRATES and COWBOYS but had CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS and A PLACE TO START A FAMILY in stock.

One of the ladies saw me come in and followed me around to the children’s books. A customer and her niece overheard our conversation and asked if I had written the books I was holding. Turned out she is a librarian at English Landing, a school in St. Louis. We had a good conversation and I signed one of the books for her school library. It was a pleasant experience. Last time I was there, signing, I met two couples from a community near Springfield. Once before that my friend and co-author, Mary Jo Fresch, came by. Seaside is a busy place and that book store is exceptional.

Not all play and no work

Hi everyone,

Although I’m on a limited schedule for now, there is still work to do. My first priority is to finish bringing my thoughts together for the ILA workshop Mary Jo Fresch and I are doing this month in Austin on the 22nd @InternationalLiteracyAssociation and @ILAToday

In case you will be attending and might like to sit in on our hands-on workshop, here’s the location and time:
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 22
Event: 0132 – 7 steps to writing success:
Changing how students research
Type: Hands-On Workshop
Location: Austin Convention Center
Meeting Room 3 – Banquet

From 10:00 – 11:00 that morning Mary Jo and will be signing our recent book, 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS, at the Scholastic booth.

For my part I have nine speaking slots about various topics relative to our theme of helping students learn how to prepare before they begin writing.

Most of my turns are set for six minutes, which is roughly the equivalent of three double-spaced pages. These are subjects I know but I don’t trust myself to stand before an audience and fill six minutes without knowing what I want to say. I don’t stand and read a script. I speak from notes. They just need to be good ones.