Children’s Literature in the Reading Program

Hi everyone,

I’m happy to say that my copy just arrived of the 5th edition of CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN THE READING PROGRAM. My chapter is titled, “Creating a Community of Poetry Enthusiasts.”

This standard is edited by Deb Wooten and Lauren Liang. Richard Allington wrote the foreword.

I’m very pleased to be included in this latest edition. I also wrote the poetry chapters for the 3rd and 4th editions. Before long I’ll have enough chapters for a whole book of my own! (:> This one was released in mid-June and is off to a good start. As of yesterday it ranked 151 in Curriculum and Instruction, 251 in Curricula, and 259 in Language Experience Approach.

Wrapping up the week

REMINDER: Don’t forget today is the big day when everyone is headed over to Matt Forrest’s house for a summer virtual blog party! Here’s the link. . See you there!

Hi everyone,

It has been a pleasant week. I didn’t get everything on my list done but progress was made. Mary Jo Fresch and I wrote a 1,500 word essay for Sam Bommarito’s blog. Sam is co-editor of The Missouri Reader, a publication of the Missouri ILA, and he’ll be the next state president. I’ve also committed to doing an article for this fall’s edition of The Missouri Reader.

I wrote 500 words about my work to enter for an opportunity to write a 1,000 word column for the November/December issue of Knowledge Quest, a collaborative effort by AASL and the CBC.

Mary Jo and I got word that our newest book proposal is going out for peer review soon, a necessary next step before a contract can be offered. It shouldn’t be more than a few weeks before we’ll know if it’s going to be a go.

The week also saw the official publication date for CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN THE READING PROGRAM. That was a huge highlight!

Early in the week I finished the 3rd telling of the desert middle grade novel. Please keep your fingers crossed that I finally got it right!

And I spent parts of the last two days getting back into the third middle grade story. I started it some time ago and had to set it aside so it took a while to settle back into the groove. I already see changes to make, the benefit of putting a story aside for a while and coming back with fresh eyes.

All in all, a super keeper!

I’m headed over to Matt’s blog party. See you there?

I’m in a new book

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: It’s time for a summer blog party over at Matt’s house. Look for more information tomorrow and start getting ready to join the fun. Here’s his link if you don’t already have it handy. Thanks to Matt for hosting his second party. Who will be the next host/hostess? It isn’t too early to volunteer!

Hi everyone,

I neglected to mention that Monday was the official publication date CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN THE READING PROGRAM, 5th Edition. I’ve told you about it before but now it’s official and I’m very happy to have my chapter on poetry included, pages 182-200. Here’s the blurb.

“This indispensable teacher resource and course text, now revised and updated, addresses the “whats,” “whys,” and “how-tos” of incorporating outstanding children’s literature into the K–8 reading program. A strong emphasis on diverse literature is woven throughout the fifth edition, with chapters emphasizing the need for books that reflect their readers and presenting dozens of carefully reviewed books that teachers will be eager to use in the classroom. Leading authorities provide advice on selecting texts, building core literacy and literary skills, supporting struggling readers, and maximizing engagement. The volume offers proven strategies for teaching specific genres and formats, such as fiction, nonfiction, picturebooks, graphic novels, biographies, and poetry. This title is a copublication with the International Literacy Association.”

This is the third straight edition for which I’ve been invited to write the chapter about poetry. In this one I’m grateful to Charles Ghigna, Jane Yolen, Kenn Nesbitt, Cheryl Harness, Steven Withrow, J. Patrick Lewis, and Joyce Sidman for contributing poems. Their collective genius does wonders for the chapter! Not only that, Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong have a special insert that adds even more spark and great information so I’m thankful to them too!

This one was a long time coming. I feel like celebrating!

Always room for one more?

Hi everyone,

I’ve been thinking that if I work every day between now and May 1, I can meet my scheduled deadlines. My kind of schedule! Then yesterday my editor on my poetry chapter for CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN THE READING PROGRAM, 5th edition, sent her suggested fixes. The deadline? May 1 of course. The pub date is April, 2018 so there isn’t much time for slippage. I’m glad the revisions won’t take more than two or three days, but when the cup is full, it’s full. This will be an interesting month.

It’s a wrap

Hi everyone,
David publicity photo
After turning in the revised manuscript yesterday I had little time left to start anything else. I managed to fix a couple of pages on the second manuscript — a picture book story — but the rest will have to wait until next week.

I also submitted the title of the poetry chapter I’ve agreed to write for the 5th edition of CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN THE READING PROGRAM. It would have been difficult choosing a title before writing a word of the essay, but I’ve been thinking about doing an article on poetry for some time and decided to include some of those thoughts in the chapter instead.

Have a good weekend everyone.