Hop to It!

Hi everyone,

Today at 3:00 CST I’ll participate in a Zoom poetry party to celebrate the October 15 publication of Pomelo’s newest release, HOP TO IT, Poems to Get You Moving.

A group of 28 poets with poems in the book will chat and take turns reading their poems. Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong will be our hosts so it promises to be an entertaining event. This will be recorded so that segments of it can be used at later times to promote the book.

My poem is titled “You Can’t Catch Me”.

One more new toy to play with

Hi everyone,

I’ve invested in a webcam and tripod, thanks to Jeff for help in selecting, ordering, and coaching. Yesterday I made my first video using the new equipment, and this is SO much better than the way I’ve been making them — staring into my screen. The first new video is for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children’s Literature Festival next month, which is all virtual this year.

I have an online session coming up on Friday to help celebrate the new Pomelo book, HOP TO IT, by reading my poem in it, so I’ll use my new toy for that session too. Bring ’em on!

Thanks to Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

Hi everyone,

This week I received a royalty check for five of my poems that are in various Pomelo books published by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong in their line of poetry collections. It was a reminder of how much these two have contributed to the state of poetry in our country. Not since Kent Brown created Wondsong at Highlights dedicated to publishing children’s poetry has anyone done as much for the genre and the people who write it. Thank you, Sylvia and Janet. I appreciate the check, but I love what you have done.

A nice thing

Hi everyone,

My thanks to Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong for publishing a page from POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR SCIENCE TAKE 5! in SCIENCE & CHILDREN (a National Science Teachers Association publication). The page includes a poem of mine, “My Robot,” with practical suggestions on activities based on the message. It’s a handsome magazine and I’m delighted to be in it. Thank you, Sylvia and Janet!

New children’s edition of Poetry Friday Anthology for Science: THE POETRY OF SCIENCE

Hi everyone,

Good news from Janet WongJanet Wong and Sylvia Vardell,Sylvia Vardell dba Pomelo Books.
51tv+N-q3IL__SX384_BO1,204,203,200_ I’ll use Janet’s words to explain.

“Earlier this year we started shuffling the poems (in Poetry Friday Anthology for Science). A LOT of shuffling and reshuffling and RESHUFFLING later, we now have a new Children’s Edition with 248 poems, none of the Take 5 mini-lessons, and no grade-level groupings—just the poems organized by topics (and embellished with black-and-white illustrations by Frank Ramspott and Bug Wang). Our hope is that teachers and librarians will continue to use the Teacher Edition but that they’ll also buy the Children’s Edition to allow kids to follow along in their own books (or to take home for reading on their own).”

Way to go, Janet and Sylvia! I’m told that the Remix is now available and is a Children’s Book Council “Hot Off the Press” title!

It is available on Amazon and also from QEP Books. Here are links:


paperback: http://www.amazon.com/The-Poetry-Science-Friday-Anthology/dp/1937057984/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=04KY2C8RX5Y300E8J3SP

ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Poetry-Science-Friday-Anthology-KIDS-ebook/dp/B018SV2RGW/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1449072763&sr=8-18&keywords=poetry+of+science

I’m pleased to be one of the 78 poets in this collection and am happy that our editors/publishers are providing such a valuable tool to support classroom science studies.