Book store today

Hi everyone,

This morning at 9:00 EST I’ll join artist Kate Cosgrove in a virtual visit to The BookMark, a fine book store in Neptune, Florida. I look forward to the opportunity to talk about THE DIRT BOOK and see Kate again. The new book is off to a good start and I hope this will make a few folks in the Neptune area aware of it. Maybe I should write a sand book as a sequel. Have a good weekend.

Adding some new dates

Hi everyone,

This is noted portrait photographer Randy Bacon taking my picture for a literacy project in March. I love this picture and can’t wait to see which shot Randy will choose for the exhibit.

Yesterday I heard from a journal editor in California inviting me to do a little tweaking on an article on poetry I submitted in May and send it back. I’m in a time crunch for now but hope to get back to that before long.

At Kate Cosgrove’s invitation I’m joining her for a virtual book talk in a Florida book store in August.

In October, Laura Robb and I are now booked to do a zoom tweet about our book, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH, TEXTS AND LESSONS TO IMPROVE FLUENCY, COMPREHENSION, AND VOCABULARY, Grades 4-8.

A conference call set for tomorrow will determine the fate of a major project in the works. More about that tomorrow.

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

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.