I’ve been invited to speak on a science poetry panel called “Our Amazing World” at the 2021 American Association for School Librarians’ conference. I’m told that the publication of THE DIRT BOOK is part of the reason for the invitation Right now, AASL is scheduled to be in-person from Oct 21-23, 2021 in Salt Lake City.
Last year all conferences were cancelled or held in pieces online. I’m very happy for this opportunity to get back in front of a live audience. I don’t know yet the names of the other panelists but look forward to learning who they are.
If AASL is a conference you attend, I hope you’ll make a note to go hear the panel. If you know someone else who might might be interested, I hope you’ll share the information with them. When more details are released, I’ll let you know.
I checked Amazon this morning and discovered that THE DIRT BOOK has now been listed as the #1 new release for the third time. First was habitat and ecology; 2nd was in zoology; this third #1 is in disease. I guess that figures. Dirt is…well…dirty. In any event, I’m thrilled to see the range of interest in the new title.
Yesterday I had a fine time talking with kids and teachers in Leeton, Missouri for my first live outing since the pandemic began, thanks to my friend Deanna Schuler whom I met when she was in first grade and is now a wonderful librarian. Her library makes you feel like you want to be there from the moment you walk in. I loved it! My books were on display. Thank you for that, too, dear Deanna!
I introduced and signed copies of THE DIRT BOOK for the first time and provided some book marks, thanks to the book’s artist, Kate Cosgrove. Thank you, Kate. It was great fun to explain to the kids that they were the first in the world to see the new book and hear me read from it.The first book I signed was the first I’d signed anywhere. They thought that was cool and so did I.
After talking about THE DIRT BOOK, we took a group of students outside to look at the ground for signs of things that live there. The kids found more than I did.
This morning, THE DIRT BOOK is showing in 1st place in new releases for children’s zoology books. As an old zoologist, I’m thinking about all those classes and labs I took at Drury and Emory more than sixty years ago — and smiling.
I’ve packed my notes and book samples and am off for my first in person school visit in more than a year. Look out, boys and girls in Leeton, Missouri. Here I come!
I’m happy to say that THE DIRT BOOK opened in the Number One spot yesterday among new releases in children’s environment and ecology books. I’m truly delighted and want to thank you for your help in getting us off to such a great start.