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

Signing today at Sundog Books

Hi everyone,

My sweetie went out for a bottle of champagne and Jeff snapped a picture of me “signing” the new contract for the record, a nice way to end the day.

This morning at 11:00 CT I’m signing copies of THE DIRT BOOK and other titles in stock at the famous Sundog Books in Seaside, Florida. It’s a busy store with limited space inside so visiting authors sit outside on the porch. I’ve had sweet experiences there.

My book went without me to ALA

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I received a nice note from my public librarian friend in Springfield, Sarah Bean Thompson, telling me she is attending the virtual national conference of American Library Association (ALA) and one of the sessions she signing up to watch is presented by Holiday House Publishing. Naturally it’s about recent HH releases and THE DIRT BOOK is featured.

It’s good to know that the book made it to ALA even though I didn’t! I will be at AASL (American Association for School Librarians) in October so for that one my book and I will travel together.

Being interviewed today

Hi everyone,

This morning at 11:00 CT I’ll be interviewed on Springfield’s KWTO Radio by Bonnie Bell. During her podcast program, called Watching the Ozarks, we’ll talk about THE DIRT BOOK in particular and my career in general for thirty minutes. The interview will be recorded and aired this Sunday evening at 8:00. The following Sunday it will become archived and anyone thereafter can look for it at will. KWTO 93,3 FM and 560 AM reaches parts of four states — Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Before and after the interview I’ll have time, I think, to complete a poem I started yesterday.