Yesterday was National Ag in the Classroom Day, and I was lucky enjoy to share FRESH-PICKED POETRY, the Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Book of the Year, with readers around Wisconsin. A special thank you Sheila Everhart, the Janesville Area Coordinator, and Darlene Arneson, the State Coordinator, for the opportunity. The students at Madison Elementary, Washington Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and Milton Intermediate School were fabulous audiences, as were the young patrons of the Milton Public Library. Another thank you to Mid-State Equipment for allowing me to sit in the cab of the massive John Deere tractor for the live-stream reading of my book. And of course, the biggest thank you to farmers for feeding the world.
February 1st is World Read Aloud Day, and I am excited to celebrate by sharing my books and writing tips with students. If you are a teacher or librarian and you and your students (grades K-5) would like to Skype with me for WRAD, you can reserve a 20-minute time slot HERE.
Thank you, NCTE for inviting me to be a guest blogger on #BuildYourStack, where I discuss how teachers can using poetry to reinforce grammar concepts.
Connecting Illinois Authors and Illustrators with Illinois Librarians at AISLE 2018 along with fellow authors Alice McGinty, Alexandria LaFaye, and Fern Schumer.
Fresh-Picked Poetry has been selected as the Wisconsin Agriculture in the Classroom Book of the Year for 2018. I can’t wait to share the excitement of farmers’ markets and poetry with students throughout Wisconsin. Find great lesson plans and other resources on the Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom website.
What a warm welcome from the students at Lincoln School in River Forest. These two talented artists designed a welcome sign complete with bins of farmers' market vegetables. Thanks for sharing your day reading and writing poetry with me, Lincoln School learners!
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.