Featured on Kathy Temean’s blog

Hi everyone,

Kathy Temean just posted a feature of EMPOWERING STUDENTS’ KNOLWLEDGE OF VOCABULARY, LEARNING HOW LANGUAGE WORKS, co-written with Mary Jo Fresch. My thanks to Kathy. I hope you will visit her blog at https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/ and see how to register to win a free copy of the book.

Guest blog post on National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) site

Hi everyone,

Mary Jo Fresch and I wrote a post for the NCTE blog to help promote our new book, EMPOWERING STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE OF VOCABULARY: LEARNIING HOW LANGUAGE WORKS. It has been posted now so for anyone interested, here’s the link. I hope you’ll pass it along to anyone you know how could use this book. Thank you.
https://ncte.org/blog/2020/12/empowering-student-vocabulary-knowledge/

A week for partners

Hi everyone,

The Kansas/Missouri issue of the SCBWI journal just came out and I’m happy to be the featured author with a focus on RUM PUM PUM and the process of writing with a partner. Here’s the link, https://ksmo.scbwi.org/featured-author/

Many thanks to Amanda Flinn, the new PAL coordinator for SCBWI Kansas/Missouri, for getting in touch and writing the article/interview. I appreciate it very much and am especially glad to give a boost to RUM PUM PUM. Jane Yolen and I had fun writing this one.

Today I’ll tackle my part of the responses for a interview with Laura Robb and me for GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH, and Friday Mary Jo Fresch and I will Zoom-talk about how to handle an upcoming short article by us about EMPOWERING STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE OF VOCABULARY: LEARNING HOW LANGUAGE WORKSS. These are for our respective publishers to be used on their blogs and perhaps other promotional outlets. This is a week for working with partners!

My 100th book is out!

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Mary Jo Fresch and I heard from our editor at NCTE (Bonny Graham), that our book, Empowering Students’ Knowledge of Vocabulary, is now in print and on sale at https://store.ncte.org/book/empowering-students-knowledge-vocabulary-learning-how-language-works-grades-3-5.

Here’s the catalog description so please help us by sharing the information. “Fresch and Harrison present definitions and playful examples (in poetry and prose) to teach antonyms, synonyms, acronyms (and many more “nyms”), similes, metaphors, idioms, shades of meaning, and word origins. A final chapter offers insights into language choices by eight well-known children’s poets and authors, including former US Young People’s Poets Laureate Kenn Nesbitt and Margarita Engle and world-renowned Jane Yolen.”

And what time is it? It’s goo foffing time!

Hi everyone,

This week Mary Jo Fresch and I got to see two proposed cover designs for our upcoming book, EMPOWERING STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE OF VOCABULARY, LEARNING HOW LANGUAGE WORKS, GRADES 3-5. We liked elements of each and the designer was nice (and flexible) enough to combine what we liked into one new cover. I’m eager to show you when it’s finish. We were in a time bind to get the book into the NCTE fall catalog. Mission accomplished.

This is the fourth and final book for 2020 and, like the others, promoting its publication is going to be difficult since all the conferences were cancelled this year. If you grow wearing of hearing me talk about them, it’s because we have so few choices to plug them. If you are not a classroom teacher, a book like EMPOWERING STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE OF VOCABULARY might not do much for you, but if you have elementary teachers in your family, or know some, including home school parents, the hope is that you will share this blog or tell them about the book.

As far as I know this is the final duty related to the final book for this year, and I plan to reward myself with one week of goo foffing. For those of you who are unfamiliar with goo foffing, it’s exactly like goofing off only spelled differently. Starting tomorrow I’m taking the oars out of the water for seven whole days. I’ll post only if I have news to share. Otherwise you may see some pictures from around Goose Lake and elsewhere.