Featured on Kathy Temean’s blog

Hi everyone,

Kathy Temean just posted a feature of EMPOWERING STUDENTS’ KNOLWLEDGE OF VOCABULARY, LEARNING HOW LANGUAGE WORKS, co-written with Mary Jo Fresch. My thanks to Kathy. I hope you will visit her blog at https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/ and see how to register to win a free copy of the book.

Guest blog post on National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) site

Hi everyone,

Mary Jo Fresch and I wrote a post for the NCTE blog to help promote our new book, EMPOWERING STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE OF VOCABULARY: LEARNIING HOW LANGUAGE WORKS. It has been posted now so for anyone interested, here’s the link. I hope you’ll pass it along to anyone you know how could use this book. Thank you.

Two things

Hi everyone,

The new issue of STORY MONSTER is out and I’m delighted to share that Raven Howell has written a great article about RUM PUM PUM. Here’s the link. The article starts on page 66.
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Raven, many thanks for writing this article. Jane and I are both delighted, not to mention our editor, Grace Maccarone at Holiday House.

This afternoon at 5:15 EST, I’ll join Laura Robb at Corwin’s virtual book booth at the virtual NCTE convention to chat about our book, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH. I’m looking forward to that! I’m told that ZOOM doesn’t want us to share the link with anyone who has not registered for the conference so I may not be able to furnish that information. To help draw a crowd, I suggested that our hosts serve free virtual cotton candy.

My 100th book is out!

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Mary Jo Fresch and I heard from our editor at NCTE (Bonny Graham), that our book, Empowering Students’ Knowledge of Vocabulary, is now in print and on sale at https://store.ncte.org/book/empowering-students-knowledge-vocabulary-learning-how-language-works-grades-3-5.

Here’s the catalog description so please help us by sharing the information. “Fresch and Harrison present definitions and playful examples (in poetry and prose) to teach antonyms, synonyms, acronyms (and many more “nyms”), similes, metaphors, idioms, shades of meaning, and word origins. A final chapter offers insights into language choices by eight well-known children’s poets and authors, including former US Young People’s Poets Laureate Kenn Nesbitt and Margarita Engle and world-renowned Jane Yolen.”

At least I know what I’ll be doing

Hi everyone,

Although my book with Mary Jo Fresch for NCTE (Empowering Students’ Knowledge of Vocabulary) started a year before the one with Laura Robb for Corwin (Guided Practice for Reading Growth, Grades 4–8), both are now coming down to the wire side by side. Last minute requests for changes can be tricky because we wrote the manuscripts so long ago it takes time to get back into the groove, remember exactly why we put the books together the way we did, and then settle in to decide whether or not we agree with suggested revisions and tweaks.

The Robb deadline is this week, July 25, and the Fresch is due August 3. As so often happens, whatever I thought I was going to be doing goes to the back burner until these two priorities are out of the way. But at least I know now what I’m going to be working on for the next several days.