A few days ago, I decided to pack a picnic lunch for my two kids and head down to the back of our property to eat. With both of them in the middle of this new ‘remote learning’ thanks to the coronavirus, I pretty much spend the majority of my days now helping them with their work, so I needed the break as much as they did!
After enjoying the food and fresh air, my son asked to borrow my phone because he wanted to make a video. So I handed it to him and asked him to please, please, please not from it into the brook; as a future filmmaker, he needs as much practice as he can, of course.
He did his thing while I kept an eye on his 6-year-old sister and never even saw what he filmed until the next day – and I was stunned. For someone his age speaking extemporaneously like this, I thought he did a fantastic job; I know I certainly felt better after watching it, so I thought it might do the same for you, too:
By the way, if you haven’t entered my drawing to win a copy of Vikram Madan’s new children’s poetry collection, A Hatful of Dragons (Wordsong), you only have a few days left! I’ll be picking one name at random this Thursday evening, so check out the link and leave a comment to enter!
My “Wit & Wordplay” videos, as I call them, are available on my YouTube channel – and more are on the way! Created to help educators and parents , these videos focus on how to write poetry, how to appreciate it, and how to have fun with it. There are several ready for viewing, and more are on the way – so be sure to subscribe or check back often!
You can view them all on my YouTube channel, and I also have several downloadable activity sheets at my website. If you think any of this information might be useful for someone you know, I hope you’ll share.
I’ve teamed up with several other children’s authors to promote our upcoming books this year! And there are a LOT of them, too – including SEVEN in March!
Ordering personalized signed copies online?
Oh, yes, you can!
Just click the cover of whichever book you want and send the good folks at MainStreet BookEnds in Warner, NH a note requesting the signature and to whom I should make it out to. (alternatively, you can log onto my website and do the same thing) They’ll contact me, I’ll stop by and sign it, and then they’ll ship it! (Plus, you’ll be supporting your local bookseller – and won’t that make you feel good?)
- NY Public Library’s “100 Best Book for Kids 2017” AND “Staff Pick!”
- KIRKUS Starred review!
- Kansas NEA Reading Circle Recommended Books!
- “Best Reads of 2017,” Unleashing Readers
- Finalist, 2019 New Hampshire Literary Awards
- Positive reviews from Horn Book, School Library Connection, School Library Connection, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, and Shelf-Awareness!
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