I had a fabulous time reading and writing farmers' market poetry with the students from Pierce Downer, Hillcrest, Henry Puffer, Highland, and Belle Aire Schools. What a great way to celebrate National Poetry Month.
I want to thank Du Quoin Middle School Word Squad and 5th Grade teacher Leslie Small for their deliciously warm welcome at the Illinois Reads Book Festival in Du Quoin, Illinois this past Saturday, March 10th. This enthusiastic batch of readers shared a bounty of alliterative words and adorable balloon apples at their booth, FRESH-PICKED ALLITERATION. How poetic!
What do you get when you combine cozy cabins in the woods, gourmet food, and a slew of debut picture book authors? An unforgettable weekend! After cheering one another along for the past year through Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, our Picture the Books 2017 debut author's group decided to meet in person at a Highlights Un-Workshop in Honesdale, PA. It was fun to finally meet these amazingly talented women in person. Check out these authors' debut books at PICTURE THE BOOKS.
I'll be one of a host of authors at the 16th annual Anderson's Children's Literature Breakfast on Saturday, February 24th. I've put together some swag for the teachers and librarian's I meet, so hope to see you there. For more information click here.
My poem "The Jolly Rhymer," about a pirate who aspires to write poetry, is featured in the Winter 2018 SCBWI Bulletin.
I'm thrilled to be in such esteemed company for the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers Literary 2017 Awards in the poetry category. Fresh-Picked Poetry and other finalists were chosen from 1,426 nominations.
I am excited to take place in the Illinois Reading Council's 2018 Illinois Reads Program with Fresh-Picked Poetry as a selection in the grades 3-5 category. Stay tuned for news regarding related events and signings.