The Dirt Book one of eight named by Betsy Bird

Hi Everyone,

First thing I spotted this morning was a post by Betsy Bird for School Library Journey in which she names her picks for the top eight poetry books out in 2021. I’m honored to be on the list with Joyce Sidman, Nikki Grimes, Linda Sue Park, and four other strong talents in the field. Here’s the link. https://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/2021/07/06/2021-poetry-versification-for-the-masses/?fbclid=IwAR0HRTkOWUKHFv78jS_7zlR5xY7kcD51GhkgjuL57Ba-_1yGagzfZykU9G0

THE DIRT BOOK was illustrated by Kate Cosgrove, edited by Grace Maccarone, and published by Holiday House

Speaking at AASL

Hi everyone,

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.

More good news about The Dirt Book

Hi everyone,

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.

Oh that felt good!

Hi everyone,

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.