How do you celebrate National Poetry Month?

Hi everyone,

I’m putting together a list of ways to celebrate National Poetry Month (April) for the March/April issue of Missouri Reader, the online journal for Missouri ILA, co-edited by Glenda Nugent and Sam Bommarito.

This will include a listing of various ways teachers, librarians, families, and poets focus on poetry, especially during April. I’ll have a few suggestions of my own but I am eager to include your ideas too. If you send me tried and true ways to celebrate poetry that I can use in the article, I’ll give you full credit and list your contract information (if you want it) and one book of poetry you’ve written or that is a favorite that you recommend. You can post your contribution(s) on this page.

Thank you in advance. I’m on a very tight deadline for this so please respond by the end of this coming week. Thanks to all. This will be a unique contribution to poetry lovers everywhere, in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Check out the new issue of Missouri Reader

Hi everyone,

The new issue of MISSOURI READER is out and you can view it online for free at https://mla31.wildapricot.org/Current-Journal. This is one of the best state reading journals in the country, thanks in great measure to its two talented, knowledgeable, and passionate editors, Sam Bommarito and Glenda Nugent.

A large part of the journal’s readership comes through what Dr. Sam calls “word of cyberspace,” so he’s asking people to give it a look and share the link with friends, interested educators, and schools/university faculty/districts/district coordinators. This valuable online journal draws thousands of viewers from the United States and twenty other countries. This issue has a large number of nuts and bolts ideas about implementing a distance learning program in literacy. It also has an interesting article by our old friend, Judy Young, on her journey to become a writer.

I’ve been privileged to publish a number of times in MISSOURI READER. The 2019 winter issue, Volume 42, Issue 2, was dedicated to poetry and at the time attracted more readers than any other issue in the history of the journal. A blogger in Australia wrote some friends and said, “You won’t believe it, it’s a whole issue about poetry!” Here’s a link to that issue. https://newsstand.joomag.com/en/the-missouri-reader-vol-42-issue-2/0872773001549634845

My congratulations to
Dr. Sam Bommarito
Chairperson of The Missouri Literacy Association
Co-Editor of The Missouri Reader
and
Glenda Nuget
Co-Editor of The Missouri Reader

for another outstanding contribution to the ever-changing challenge of teaching literacy, whether virtually or in the classroom.

Write to Learn Virtual Speaker Series

Hi everyone,

If you haven’t heard about it, The Missouri Literacy Association is going virtual this year for the well known and popular WRITE TO LEARN conference. https://web.cvent.com/event/bf32ad3e-cd74-4eaf-87b3-ca33a66b00fd/summary.

“National-level keynote speakers, bringing you some of the best language arts teaching strategies for these challenging times. Whether your school is going face to face, 100% virtual, or using a hybrid model, these mini series of workshops will give you practical, actionable strategies you can use right away.”

I’m happy to note that two talented friends of mine, Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger, are the leaders of the November and December, 2020 series.

Chairperson Sam Bommarito provided this link to help you get started touring the program and learn more about how you or someone you know might participate. The series of workshops stretches from the first on October 1, 2020 through the final one on January 28, 2021.

If you have questions, the answers should be available on the links provided. I’m glad to see how beautifully this year’s conference has adapted to the needs of our current world. Way to go, Dr. Sam and all involved!

A wonderful surprise in the new issue of Missouri Reader

Hi everyone,

Today I express my gratitude to Sam Bommarito and Glenda Nugent, co-editors of Missouri Literacy Association’s journal, MISSOURI READER, for featuring me in the new issue that comes out this weekend. Sam is also going into the second year of his two-year term as Chairman of the MLA. For some reason the national organization, International Literacy Association, has decided the heads of state chapters should now be called chairmen instead of president.

Last year I celebrated the 50th year since my first book for children was published. Sam and Glenda honor me for that and more so I hope you will enjoy their article and of course the entire issue. Here’s the link. https://joom.ag/RCwe

If you would like to become a member of MLA and/or contribute to the organization, you can do it online at https://mla31.wildapricot.org/Join-MLA. State Reading associations are in need of support for the invaluable work they do in supporting teachers and their efforts to help their students develop literacy skills that lead to a fuller life.

Update on Missouri Reader issue on poetry

Hi everyone,

Today I want to give you an update on the current issue of Missouri Reader (https://joom.ag/o1ta), which features a number of articles about children’s poetry and using poetry in the classroom. On Tuesday I asked co-editor Sam Bommarito how the issue is being received. You may remember that it attracted more readers in the first day than the previous issue did in the first month. It’s still going strong. Here’s Sam’s response.

“How does 2,352 sound? They are from 18 different countries. The newest addition is a group from Australia Turns out there was a blogger down under who wrote some her friends and said “You won’t believe it, it’s a whole issue about poetry” I think she was excited!! So were her friends. She seems to have a lot of friends. So we are a hit down under- how about that!?!”

When I asked Sam about feedback, he’s working on a way to do that.

“To talk about us on twitter,” Sam says, “use #MoRdr. I’m editing the front cover to make sure that is said prominently on the next distribution. To everyone who has read it already, please do tweet using #MoRdr and include the link in your tweet https://joom.ag/o1ta. I will be monitoring #MoRdr on tweetdeck and will fill you in by the end of the week end.”

My thanks to Dr. Sam and Glenda Nugent for creating this wonderful opportunity to get more school people interested in the many uses of poetry in the classroom. It’s a rare chance and I’m most grateful.

If you haven’t shared the link through your own social media circles — or even if you have — I hope you will give the link a boost. And if you can figure out how to use the tweet platform that Sam mentions, please give that a try too! Here’s how he describes it.

“The #MoRdr is exactly a twitter thing. If you are not using Tweet deck (free and supplied by twitter) your feed is probably almost incomprehensible. With tweet deck you set a column (say #MoRdr) Any tweet containing that shows up, nothing else. Let’s you easily talk about one topic AND see who’s saying what about it. Otherwise you get to search for it within the hundreds (thousands) of tweets in your feed. As I said, incomprehensible! Besides the # if they always include the link at least some of their friends will click on it and voila more readers. I call it a “cyber word of mouth” way of distributing.”

Thanks everyone!
David