RUM PUM PUM reviewed in Florida Literacy Journal

Hi everyone,

My thanks to NILE STANLEY, poet and Chair, Department of Childhood Education at University of North Florida, for reviewing, RUM PUM PUM in the latest issue of The Florida Literacy Journal. JANE YOLEN and I co-wrote the story, richly illustrated by ANJAN SARKAR, and published by Holiday House in 2020. Nile is a former editor of the Florida Reading Quarterly and founder and chair of the annual Poetry Olio of the Conference of the International Literacy Association.

In his review, he states, “This is a book that children will want to experience again and again. The book lends itself naturally to storytelling because the plot is engaging, simple, and fast-paced…I found the experiences of teaching the book to children equally satisfying through the techniques of visual storytelling, read aloud, and literary storytelling. I eagerly introduced the book to a large group of aged 3 to 5 preschoolers with a picture walk through the book.”

Thank you, Nile. I hope our paths will cross again one of these days, at a conference or elsewhere.

Poetry Olio at ILA

Hi everyone,

I’ve been focused on the blog tour lately and have fallen behind on other matters. One recent development is that I’ve accepted an invitation to participate in the Poetry Olio at ILA (International Literacy Association) conference in Columbus, Ohio. I’m pleased to be part of it. In the past more than 200 teachers have shown up for the event, which takes place on Friday evening, October 16, from 7:30 – 9:30. So far the lineup includes Nile Stanley, Allan Wolf, Brod Bagert, Stephanie Fletcher, and our pal Su Hutchens. When others are added, I’ll let you know in case you might be interested in attending the event. The picture was taken at a Poetry Olio in 2014. That’s Kenn Nesbitt, who was then the Children’s Poet Laureate. We look so much alike that I dyed my hair white so you could tell us apart.

Partner poems and word from Nile Stanley

BULLETIN: Happy Birthday, Robin! I love you. Dad

BULLETIN: This in from our friend Nile Stanley: his poetry calendar for May. Thanks for sharing it, Nile.

The May Reading Calendar is a wonderful resource that is “just a click away” for teachers, librarians, parents, and children. Creator Nile Stanley has compiled a set of multimedia activities, hyperlinks to online lessons, games and videos that help children learn to read, to enjoy reading and to engage with the new literacies. Every day of each month contains an activity that children can do on their own, with siblings, or with guidance from a teacher or parent.

The May, 2011 calendar and previous months are available for free as a PDF file at http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/show.php?i=1270824&cat=1  To view a document click on its name in black.

If the sound is not on when you open the PDF, click the sound control in upper left hand corner and be sure your speaker volume is on.

Hi everyone,

Day in and day out the most popular post I’ve done is the one I’m re-posting here today. It seems that most people like the idea of poems that feature more than one voice. The book I did with Tim Rasinski and Gay Fawcett (both of whom you’ve met as Featured Guests on my blog) continues to do well and I frequently read my poems from it when I visit schools.

At the International Reading Association conference in Orlando this Sunday, May 8. I’ll be part of an all-day institute. My topic is, “Poems for Multiple Voices — Writing and Performing.” On Monday, Tim Rasinski and I will co-present a demonstration of reading partner poems from our book. Anyway, here’s the repeat post. By the way, I chose a different poem this time.

Our new book

Our new book

You may have heard Tim Rasinski speak if you’ve attended conferences where reading fluency was discussed. He’s a professor at Kent State University and is one of our leading authorities on the subject. I have a new book out with Tim and another expert on reading fluency, Gay Fawcett, of Kent State and other universities.

The book, published by Scholastic Teaching Strategies, is called PARTNER POEMS FOR BUILDING FLUENCY, GRADES 4-6. I co-wrote the introduction and created 40 original multiple-voice poems. Let me correct that. My friend Terry Bond, teacher and former high school curriculum coordinator, co-wrote one, and two others were inspired by my one-upmanship conversations with my young friend Ryan Brinkerhoff, who was ten or twelve at the time. The other 37 were all mine! The idea is that children improve reading skills, including fluency, by sharing aloud poems for two or more voices.

If you have an interest in such a book, it’s now on the market. Confusingly, Scholastic has another book with an almost identical name with poems by Bobbi Katz. I don’t mind if you get her book too!

Here’s an example from our book. If you haven’t tried writing a poem for two voices, give it a whirl. It’s a great way to talk to yourself!

BRUSSELS SPROUTS
2 voices

(child)
What’s that green thing?

(parent)
Brussels sprouts.

(child)
I don’t want no Brussels sprouts.

(parent)
Any.
Come on, try some Brussels sprouts.

(child)
I don’t want no Brussels sprouts!

(parent)
Any.
These are special Brussels sprouts.

(child)
I don’t want no Brussels sprouts!

(parent)
Any.
Just one taste of Brussels sprouts.

(child)
If I taste these Brussels sprouts,
then can I have something else?

(parent)
Sure!

(child)
Ugh!
I hate these Brussels sprouts!

(parent)
Here’s some yummy cottage cheese, pickled beets, cauliflower,
lima beans, and chicken liver.

(child)
Please pass the Brussels sprouts.
I don’t want no chicken liver.

(parent)
Any.

No WRITERS AT WORK today

BULLETIN: I discovered additional pictues of Charles Waters, who was featured yesterday in What Are the Pros Up To? scroll down one post to see some neat additional photos. You’re looking good, Charles!

BULLETIN: This just in from my friend, Dr. Nile Stanley (Nile the Crocodile). As always, Nile is out their promoting poetry. Thanks, Nile! April Reading Calendar (animated & sound) Nile, I’m sorry to be so slow. Traveling does that to me. David

Hi everyone,

As you may recall, Sandy Asher and I agreed to take off this month from our regular Tuesday chats about writing. We’re both hanging onto the last knot in our ropes so this seemed like our best option. We’ll be back, hopefully in May, but for now we’re busy elsewhere.

If you want to review our previous topics, you can go scroll down to the box with previous subjects and tags in red and click on WRITERS AT WORK.

You can also go to America Writes for Kids (http://usawrites4kids.drury.edu  and read them by the month, which is easier.

Thanks for understanding.

David

Announcing upcoming guest: Gary Dulabaum

BULLETIN: Tomorrow I’ll post Poetry Tip #7: THE QUATRAIN. I hope you will find it useful.

On April 2, Nile Stanley appeared as my guest and one of those who commented on Nile’s fascinating contribution was Gary Dulabaum. I’ve met Gary and enjoyed his enormous talent as a writer, performer, musician, wit, and all-around charismatic personality so I asked if he would be my guest sometime when his schedule allows.Now I can tell you that Gary has agreed. It may be a while before we get him posted here on a Friday but I’m already looking forward to hosting him when he’s ready.

Don’t forget to vote for your selections for May Hall of Fame Poet and May Hall of Fame Young Poet. Polls close on May 30. Here’s the link: https://davidlharrison.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/let-the-voting-begin-4/