First day back in the cage

Hi everyone,

First day home and back in the wheel went pretty well. I overslept by forty-minutes so I got a big fat black mark for that stunt, but the rest of the morning went okay and some of the afternoon was okay too. Not a lot to report otherwise.

For those of you who went to Laura and Evan Robb’s site to read my post on their blog, “Why Poetry?” thank you. I have an interview coming out, next month I think, in Colorado. Nothing much else for a while. Well, that’s wrong. In the mail was my July copy of “Language Arts” and the entire issue is about poetry.

An article by Sylvia Vardell and an interview of Rebecca Davis caught my eye right away. I haven’t had a chance to read it cover to cover yet but plan to. This one also lists the NCTE picks for 2016 Notable Children’s Poetry Books. I was happy to see NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T as one of the featured titles, along with books by Joyce Sidman, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Judith Viorst, Marilyn Singer, Carole Boston Weatherford, and others.

Why Poetry? Check it out

Hi everyone,

My good friends and colleagues, Laura Robb and Evan Robb, invited me to the blog they share with educators and friends of children’s literature. I was delighted to contribute my response to their prompt: Why Poetry?” I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read it and let me know what you think. Here’s the link. http://therobbreviewblog.com

While you’re there, please familiarize yourself with their blog and all that Laura and Evan have to offer. He’s a highly recognized school principal, author, and speaker, and she is famous everywhere for her work as a teacher, coach, speaker, and author.

Headed home

Hi everyone,

Coming home. No more goo foffing for a while. I’ve had a fine time with Sandy and our family. Now it’s back to work. Enjoyed the signing at Sundog Books yesterday. Not many peeps but I’ll remember one 7-year-old boy who struggled to decide among PIRATES, COWBOYS, and NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T. He finally chose PIRATES but assured me that he just couldn’t decide between the other two titles. Imagine my surprise to meet two couples from Republic, Missouri, a community that neighbors Springfield. That was fun.

Winding down

Hi everyone,

Two days left of goo foffing. It has been lovely. The turtles don’t want to see us go. I’ve promised them I’ll be back but I don’t think they understand. They’re beginning to gather in small groups to whisper among themselves. I hate to leave them, but what can I do? I’ve even caught a couple messing around my keyboard and one managed to pull up my flight schedule.

Today I hope to finish revising the last of a set of poems for a collaborative effort with Pat Lewis and Steve Withrow. If I don’t finish before we leave, it will be difficult to find the time I need come Monday. Wish me luck.