Pirates on Texas Bluebonnet list

rubbermanPOETRY TIP: If anyone is struggling with a way to start your “thanks” poem, go to the Teacher page on my website, scroll down to Teaching Tool for the month of August, and try the association technique described there.

I was delighted to learn that PIRATES has been named to the Texas Bluebonnet Master List for next school year. As I understand it, at least 10,000 Texas students will be reading titles from the list of 20 nominees and eventually vote for their favorite. I’m up against the likes of Gary Paulsen, Linda Sue Park, Kate Klise, and many other great writers, so I’m pleased to see my book of poetry listed among them.

For more information about the Bluebonnet awards, go to: http://www.txla.org/groups/tba/index.html .



Pictures from Harrison Elementary


Superintendent Dr. Norm Ridder kids Sandy and me at the ribbon cutting ceremony for David Harrison Elementary School.


Who would you say is the happiest Harrison Husky?


As a surprise to me, every child at Harrison Elementary was given one of my books. I haven’t signed them all yet, but I got off to a good start.

David Harrison Elementary School

schoolAugust 25, 2009

Tomorrow, August 26, will mark one of the highlights of my life. I’ll speak at the ribbon cutting for the new David Harrison Elementary School in Springfield, Missouri. More than 24,000 students attend public school here, making it the largest accredited district in Missouri. David Harrison Elementary has 59,000 square feet, cost $10 million, sets on 72 acres, and is the 38th elementary school in the system.

It will be my privilege to give a fifteen minute talk tomorrow shortly after 2:00. I’ll be surrounded by students, teachers, staff, family, and friends. My wife will be there, my mother, our son and daughter, their spouses, and our grandchildren. My sister will be there with her son and his family.

Kent Brown, publisher of Boyds Mills Press, and his wife Jody are flying in from Pennsylvania. A large turnout is expected.

I’m excited. Today I’m practicing my speech. I’ll save the nervousness for tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it goes.