• September Update

    Dear gentle Po-Folk,There is a lot to howl about in the Wolf Den this fall. A Picture BookMy brand-new picture book, The Blanket Where Violet Sits, is now available everywhere! It stars a girl eating a sandwich on a blanket, in a park, in a city, on a planet, in a solar system, in a galaxy, in a universe! As she looks through her telescope, Violet sits at the center of it all, surrounded by starlight and love.  We had a fun interactive live-streamed book launch, Thursday, September 1st, with Malaprops Bookstore. The book’s illustrator, Lauren Tobia, joined us all the way from London, England! How cool is that? A Pioneer NovelMy historical…

  • Children’s Publishers, Authors Test the Waters for In-Person Events

    Via Publishers Weekly   By Joanne O’Sullivan | May 05, 2022         It was immediate and universal: when the pandemic hit in March 2020, author events and school visits went virtual, just like every other previously-in-person event on the planet. Within months, the online format was the new norm, and authors had their online presentations dialed in. But for readers and authors, the desire to interact in person appears never to have waned. Jeff Kinney took a creative approach in fall 2020 by developing a drive through event for the launch of The Deep End, his 15th Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. Wimpy fans in decorated…

  • The Princess, the Pea, and the Poemo sapien OR “Why don’t poets just say what they mean?”

    Guest post via Nerdy Book Club This is my third time in the guest nerd seat. In the past few years, I have confessed to being an adult-onset bibliophile. I have told the story of how I used to write on my bedroom walls. And I have admitted to being only a “5” on the Nerdometer Scale. I’m most excited about this post to celebrate National Poetry Month. Poetry is my jam. And my I am. Allow me to quote two paragraphs from an interview with the wonderful Margaret Simons at Reflections on the Teche. Since I first discovered rhythm when I was four years old (I remember it as…

  • Video of Magical Garden Book Launch

    The virtual book launch of Behold Our Magical Garden was magical! You can watch it right here! I shared Daniel Duncan’s artwork and read a few choice poems. It was a treat to have special guest Jordan Diamond, the director of the delicious FEAST garden education program. You can purchase copies of the new book anywhere books are sold. Or you can order specially signed (by me) copies through Malaprops, my hometown bookstore, HERE.

  • Behold Our Magical Book

    Warning! You may never look at an eggplant in the same way again! Behold Our Magical BookJust in time for Spring! Say hello to my brand-new book, Behold Our Magical Garden, a collection of poems set in and around an elementary school garden.  Poems about compost, seeds, germination, roots, digging, watering, eating, harvesting, bugs, birds, worms, dirt and every other magical thing that makes a school garden . . .  well, magical.  Plus, every poem is paired with the engaging illustrations of Daniel Duncan. This book begs to be read aloud, and yes, you’ll discover a few multi-voice poems in the mix. Behold Our Magical Book LaunchPlease join us for the virtual…

  • Solar Sonnet on PBS

    PBS At-Home Learning (Classroom Connection) has created a special lesson, aimed at 3rd Graders, to help students understand the basic structure and characteristics of a poem. And the lesson features the Solar Sonnet from The Day the Universe Exploded My Head!  Check it out!!  

  • CELEBRATING OTHER POETS

    TWINKL is a website of  teacher-created resources that celebrated National Poetry Month by featuring the work of ten poets, including me and a couple of my favorites, April Halprin Wayland and the iconic Charles Ghigna (aka Father Goose). You can check out the post HERE!

  • Happy Poetry Month!

    To kick off National Poetry Month, 2021, I’d like to share this fun video of The Haiku Song. Please share it around, and remember that April 17th is National Haiku Day. This 3-minute video snippet is a part of a full-length video I’ve put together for the older elementary grades. New Author/Poetry Videos for Elementary Grades While in-person author visits are on hold due to the pandemic, I’ve begun to offer full-length videos for the elementary grades. Each video features fun performances and talking points just as my live presentations do. Available for classrooms, schools, and libraries in search of an asynchronous author experience, we can also arrange synchronous on-line…

  • The questions hunger asks

    I was interviewed by Bookpage about The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep! In his new novel in verse, critically acclaimed author Allan Wolf revisits a grisly chapter of westward expansion with a fresh and thought-provoking look at the doomed travelers of the Donner Party, a group of 89 pioneers who became trapped in the Sierra Nevada and infamously resorted to eating their dead to survive. We spoke to Wolf about the unique narrator of The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep, some of the unexpected ways he researched the book and why cannibalism wasn’t the hardest part of the book to write. Read the rest here.