Vegas and Boston

Hi everyone,

Here’s a shot of the Las Vegas Marathon while we were there. I heard that it involved 35,000 runners.
At NCTE I’m sorry to say that I didn’t get any pictures but Linda Baie was kind enough to take one of Sandy and me Sandy and Davidand someone else took a picture of Georgia Heard and Laura Purdie Salas with me at Do I know how to pick glamorous women or what!


Back to work

Hi everyone,

My first visit to Boston was a good one even though I didn’t have a chance to do any sightseeing. I enjoyed many visits with other poets and a highlight was being part of a team that made a vocabulary-based presentation that we called “Let the Words Rain Down.” Many thanks to my friend and collaborator, Mary Jo Fresch, for orchestrating the event. We had a good turnout and are already planning to submit a proposal next year in Washington, D.C.

It’s back to work for me now. Lots to do and I’m running out of year. I MUST complete a book that is now past the halfway mark and already some new possibilities are wanting attention.

Thanks for your patience while I’ve been in and out lately. I’m home for several weeks so hopefully things will settle down a bit.


Report on NCTE

Hi everyone,

I’ve about caught up on the e-mail backlog and can focus on other things for a while. Then it’s back to the wheel. I want to tell you a little about the conference in Chicago.

This year I heard that total attendance at NCTE was around 7,000 so that’s a good crowd. Friday night Sandy and I ate with a group that included Janet Wong, Mary Jo Fresch, Peggy Harkins, Rebecca Dotlich, Heidi Mordhorst, Laura Purdie Salas, Elaine Magliaro, Arnold Adoff, and others.

Earlier that day I co-presented with Mary Jo and Peggy. Our subject was using nonfiction picture books in the classroom. We were blessed with an overflow attendance with people sitting on the floor, standing along the walls, and listening in from the hall. We ran out of handouts but Mary Jo is posting them on the NCTE site for those who didn’t get theirs and would like to obtain copies.

On Saturday I was among the authors featured at the Authors’ Luncheon and was pleased to visit with those who purchased tickets to attend. Each author was seated at a table for eight. Also at my table were author Larry Dane Brimner and Boyds Mills Press editor Carolyn Yoder. J. Patrick Lewis, our current U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate, was honored with NCTE’s 2011 Excellence in Children’s Poetry Award.

I spent time Friday and Saturday signing books at the Scholastic and Boyds Mills booths, wandering the exhibit floor now and then to meet and greet, and attended a fine presentation Saturday morning by Janet Wong, Sylvia Vardell, Laura Salas, and Stephen Young.

Other friends I saw and/or visited with included Ruth Culham, Laura Robb, Lester Laminack, Jim Blasingame, Joyce Sidman, Sara Holbrook, Dona Rice, Wendy Murray, Joanna Davis-Swing, Allan Wolf, Ralph Fletcher, Suzy Capozzi, Michael Shaw, and Jan Greenberg (whose book, BALLET FOR MARTHA, won this year’s Orbis Pictus Award). Larry Dane Brimner won honors for his book, BLACK & WHITE.

Sandy came with me, which made the trip even more special. After the conference we saw some of the sights, of which Chicago has many. One thing we might not do again was to become ensnared in the crowd of onlookers lining both sides of Michigan Avenue to watch the Christmas parade. There were an estimated one million people. All we wanted to do was get through them to reach the restaurant where we had reservations. It took a lot of work but we eventually got there even though we had to walk an extra ten blocks out of our way to get around the parade route.

That’s my report. Next year the conference is in Vegas. I’m already thinking about a presentation that will get me there!



Hi everyone,

I’m in Chicago at NCTE where it is my pleasure to co-present with Mary Jo Fresch and Peggy Harkins. Our subject? Nonfiction. Mary Jo is showing me how to work with PowerPoint. I’ve tried in the past but kept wandering off the path and losing my way back to the outline. This time I’m in good hands and feel optimistic. My big breakthrough!

I look forward to seeing many friends and making new ones. I’ll take my laptop and hope for the best in keeping in touch.

Back Monday evening.


By davidlharrison Posted in NCTE Tagged

Gary Dulabaum tomorrow

REMINDER: I leave Friday for NCTE in Orlando to present Word of the Month Poetry Challenge. The second part of my program will feature two-voice poems selected from handouts and read by members of the audience. In addition to my own two-voice poems I’ve included some by Georgia Heard, Paul Fleischman, and Bobbi Katz.

We’ll have a lot of fun and I hope to see a good turnout. I’m on from 8:00 – 9:15 Saturday morning in the Coronado/Yucatan Room. Come if you can and/or tell others who might be attending the conference to come to my session.h4

Hello everyone,
You are about to meet one of America’s best known proponents of music education. That is a very simplified statement of what Gary Dulabaum is all about so I’ll let you read his bio today and his great article tomorrow. Here’s what Gary sent to share about himself. Thanks, Gary.


Gary Dulabaum is an author, educator, poet, songwriter and recording artist of children’s music and he understands first-hand the power of music and the performing arts as teaching tools in the everyday classroom. In fact, in a perfect world, Gary believes music would be integrated into the whole curriculum. Personal creativity, emotional development, self-expression, good decision making, and the development of the whole child/student would be just as important as any test score.

In this perfect world, language arts instruction would include reading, writing, music, movement, drama, dance, performance poetry, the visual arts, and the study of rhythm and how rhythm affects and relates to language. These subjects are all celebrations of language and are the true tools that people need to be able to clearly and creatively communicate throughout their lives.

Gary has been called an innovative educator who knows how to put the arts back into the language arts. Through the years he has seen the joy that music and the performing arts bring to the classroom and how it levels the playing/learning field for all students.

Whether it be a song/movement activity for preschoolers and kindergartners to help them make the link from oral to printed language; or a second grade class writing a song about their favorite book that they’ll later take from the page to the stage; or maybe some fifth graders singing historical songs about subjects they are studying with the intent on re-writing and updating with a more modern message and presentation; music, rhythm, performance poetry and songwriting are Gary’s main teaching tools.

As an educational Consultant, author and performing artist, Gary has visited several thousand schools across the nation and beyond and has keynoted, presented and entertained at many local, state, regional and national conferences. He has been a regular presenter for the International Reading Association since 1993.

Gary was a Guest Lecturer in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney for 12 years teaching a series of classes for pre-service and practicing teachers that included using music and the arts not only to expand, enhance and further develop fluency and comprehension skills but to also demonstrate how music is an effective everyday teaching tool that can be used across the curriculum.

He is author of professional teaching guide My Teacher Rides a Harley: Enhancing K-5 Literacy through Songwriting and has released six recordings of his original music. Gary also has two of his songs in Nile Stanley’s book, Creating Readers with Poetry.

Gary is also a full-time professional musician who grew up in that rich Northeastern Ohio music scene where bluegrass, old timey, country, rock, punk, jazz and folk were all being played, Gary’s earliest musical influence was his guitar, banjo, bass, keyboard & ukulele-playing father, Marion, who also sang tenor in a quartet. As a young boy, Gary also found musical inspiration from two great aunts: Ruth and Helen Chapel of Akron, Ohio. Ruth was a jazz pianist and poet who loved to play Gershwin tunes and Helen was a folk ballad singer whose singing was collected by the late Ohio folklorist Mary Olive Eddy. Helen’s version of the folk ballad “Mary Maid of the Moor” appears in the Ballads and Songs from Ohio collection.

So there’s a little bit about a very busy guy. Come back tomorow to read his thoughts and suggestons.David