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.
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.”
I’m waiting for the announcement from Sam Bommarito any time with new numbers but I need to prepare for my second presentation here at SCIRA and I can’t wait to tell you what I know so far since the new issue of the electronic journal was released yesterday morning. When Sam publishes his report, I’ll share the updated information with you here too.
During its first day of publication, the poetry issue of Missouri Reader logged more readers than it did during the entire first month of the previous issue, quite a lot more. I think many of you played a role in that rather astounding statistic by viewing it yourselves and sharing it with those in your social media circles. It must be making quite a difference as we work to spread the word about the effectiveness of using poetry in the classroom.
I can’t thank you enough but of course I’ll keep urging you to continue to help share the journal and ask friends to do the same. Here again is the link. https://joom.ag/o1ta
First, I step out the patio door to sip coffee and watch this scene.
This afternoon Sandy and I leave for SCIRA at Hilton Head. Tonight there’s a party. Tomorrow and Saturday I earn my keep, and I’m ready.
And just in time for the conference, Sam Bommarito and Glenda Nugent are publishing the Winter Issue of Missouri Reader, which includes an entire section on poetry and includes an article I wrote plus a number of others. It’s a beautiful issue and I can’t wait to show you some of it over the weekend.