It was a good week, another six poems completed. I’ve now finished all of the poems for kindergarten students and 1st and 2nd grade students for the first and second quarters. What’s left are poems for 1st and 2nd grade kids for the third and fourth quarters.
Between now and the November 15 deadline I have trips to Portland, Crater Lake, and Sun River with Jeff and Jennifer; Kansas City to attend the Andrea Bocelli concert; Salt Lake City to be on a science poetry panel at the national conference of the American Association of School Librarians; and, closer to home, Mansfield, Missouri to participate in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children’s Literature Festival. I still think I can meet the deadline but only if I don’t accept anything else between now and then. I’m practicing saying “No” in front of the mirror. I hope it works.
During this last week I received strong interest in a new book of poetry. No contract offer yet. The artist who would be illustrating the book is an old favorite partner but he won’t be free to get started for at least a year. For him I would wait.
This will be my first break since March so I’m looking forward to a week out of the wheel. Not saying I won’t think about work, but I promised my M.O.W. I won’t actually DO any work for seven whole days. If anything interesting comes up, I might post about it. Otherwise, you probably won’t hear much from me. I’m at the 40% mark on the project I’ve been on for the past several weeks. The school district is Fairfax County Virginia Public Schools. Student enrollment is 180,000, making it the 11th largest district in America. In the grades I’m focusing on, there are 40,000 students.
My congratulations to Kate Cosgrove, the gifted artist who illustrated THE DIRT BOOK. Many of you saw yesterday that Kate’s artwork for our book has been chosen by a jury for inclusion in this year’s 2021 Original Art Show in New York City. Here’s more about the exhibit and why it’s such an honor for Kate. Here’s some information from the website.
The premier showcase for illustrators and animators, the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition features over 400 pieces of the most outstanding works created throughout each year. Open to artists worldwide, thousands of entries are considered by a jury of professionals, which include renowned illustrators, art directors and designers. The Original Art is an annual exhibit created to showcase illustrations from the year’s best children’s books published in the U.S. For editors and art directors, it’s an inspiration and a treasure trove of talent to draw upon. For art students, it’s a marvelous opportunity to examine—up close—the work of the best in the field. And for the public, it’s a chance to appreciate the enormous range of creativity in children’s books and to see the printed pages alongside the original paintings, drawings, prints, and collages they represent.
Way to go, Kate! First we did AND THE BULLFROGS SING.
Now, THE DIRT BOOK.
Who knows what might wait for us down the road. I’m proud to be your partner.
The new issue of Our AmericaMagazine is out and I’m pleased to say I have an article in it about William (Bill) Anderson, “Exploring the Dusty Roads of History.” It’s a good article because of all the help Bill provided about his many and varied adventures from the time he began writing professionally as a young man.
I couldn’t have put so much material together without major input from Bill and I’m glad I didn’t have to. The article should have his name in the byline too. So thank you, Bill, for helping us get a glimpse into your fascinating career, and thank you, Rev. Nicholas Inman, Editor and Publisher of Our America Magazine, for providing this opportunity.