• Launching Poetry Into Space!

    Hello Po-Folk, Let the countdown begin! In just two weeks my  book of space poems is “go for launch!” The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You Into Space and Back Again (Candlewick Press) is beautifully illustrated by the amazing Anna Raff. To mark the occasion I will be offering schools and libraries a special presentation based on the book, complete with music, costumes, puppets, participation, amazing facts, and, of course, a lot of poetry! This book and special author presentation are a great way to mark the 50thanniversary of the landing on the moon! I believe in bringing poems to life, from page to stage, so I’ve…

  • The Day the Universe Exploded My Head

    On March 5, 2019 hang on tight for a raucous bounce through the solar system and back — propelled by funny, fanciful, factually sound poems and exuberant illustrations by the amazing Anna Graff. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon! The Day the Universe Exploded My Head is ready for pre-order now!

  • Gimme Some Space!

    Hello Po-Folk, A promising new school year is upon us and poetry is everywhere! Here is a photo of me last Spring with the very enthusiastic students at El Colegio Britanico in Quito, Ecuador. Palabra, ya’ll!  I’m now booking author visits and poetry presentations (all grades welcome) for the 2018-2019 school year, and beyond. So far my travels will take me to NC, SC, TN, KY, VA, PA, NY, and TX!  But I’m willing to go anywhere to get kids jazzed about poetry and the power of words!  I can’t wait to present the out-of-this-world new poems from my upcoming book, The Day the Universe Exploded My Head! with a whole new presentation that includes puppets, music, slides, costume pieces,…

  • Just Out! A Bunch of Punctuation…

    A new anthology has been published with one of my poems! The topic… (hint hint). Selected by noted anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins, A Bunch of Punctuation is a collection of all-new poems written from the points of view of personality-filled punctuation marks, and is a memorable introduction to grammar for children ages 7-12.

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