Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bracelet of Books

A gift from my daughter
this treasured bracelet of charms
one charm for each of my books

twenty charms
for which she hunted far and wide

eighteen represent children's books
two represent adult books 
published only in England

below is a list of my books
if you want to match the charms with the books
(though you will have to know something about a few of the books to decipher the charm)


Absolutely Normal Chaos
The Castle Corona
Chasing Redbird
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
The Great Unexpected
Hate That Cat
Love That Dog
Pleasing the Ghost
Ruby Holler
The Unfinished Angel
Walk Two Moons
The Wanderer

Picture Books:
A Fine, Fine School
Fishing in the Air
Who's That Baby?

For Adults (but out of print):
Nickel Malley
The Recital

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Ruby Holler

This is the new jacket for Ruby Holler.

In the book, Ruby Holler represents a place
of great natural beauty
and comfort
and safety

Do you have a Ruby-Holler-kind of place - 
somewhere that represents
beauty, comfort and safety
for you?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

International Dot Day

International Dot Day grew out of Peter Reynolds' book, The Dot.  

On International Dot Day, September 15, 
you are encouraged to make your mark
by starting, simply, with a dot
and then seeing where that takes you
and then signing
your dot
or your dot explosion!

See Fablevision here for more information
and for clips of students celebrating Dot Day

and then see here for librarian Mr. Schu's blog about Dot Day

. . . 

and then, you know,
go make your mark,

You don't have to wait
until September 15,

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Dot and a Dash

I'm dashing off to NYC for a few days

but am leaving you with 

this colorful dot

I made it for 

International Dot Day

last year

and when I return

I'll give you information 

about how to add your own dot

to this year's Dot Day



ciao, bellas,


Saturday, March 10, 2012

New Book Jackets

Most of my books will receive new covers over the course of the next year or two - 
updating and unifying the 'look.' 

Above are the first five to get their makeover plus the new book (The Great Unexpected.)

What do you think?

Do you have a favorite?

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Basketball Poets, continued

Basketball Poets:

In previous years
there were more girls in this group
but now it seems the boys
are in the majority.

I liked this sign over the gym door:

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Basketball Poets

In honor of 
World Read Aloud Day

I had the privilege of making my annual visit
to the Basketball Poets
of Supply, NC.

The current group are middle schoolers
who combine reading and writing poetry
with playing basketball

I know, unusual, mm?

And very, very cool.

Here are a couple of the poets
reciting their poems:

(more pics of poets to come)

After they recited their poems
they moved out on the court.

I sure love this group.

Here is their coach and the founder of the Basketball Poets,
Marty Mentzer (at left):

That's me on the right.

What a day!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

New Book: The Great Unexpectecd

Sneak peak at the newest:



To be published September 2012


(The above is the advance review copy - ARC -
which arrived today.)