Here’s something kinda cool. So, from Pre-K through 6th grade, I was fortunate enough to go to an amazing private elementary school called Nueva, in Hillsborough, CA. This place was so special to me because I literally spent my entire early childhood growing up there. I remember being so emotional at my graduation from 6th grade that I wrote the school a poem and framed it as a gift to the school! How thrilled was I when I was contacted by the school saying that they had found my poem in their storage and then asked if I would be interested in being featured in the school’s alumni magazine — 37 years after I graduated! What an honor. It was so fun to reflect upon my time there and to remember how much the teachers and school’s philosophy toward learning helped shape me into the person I am today. You can read the whole article here.
I’m so proud, once again, to have had a poem of mine, “Encouragement,” selected for one of Pomelo Books FABULOUS poetry anthologies for kids! This anthology is called What Is A Family? and it is the follow-up to What Is A Friend? (in which my poem, “Here,” was featured!) Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell are the creators of this beautiful series of books that feature poems that were inspired by various black-and-white photographs. Yes, that’s right! The photos came first, and then poets were asked to develop poems based on the photo prompt. I love this method of creating poems! I hope you have a chance to take a look at a copy and see all the poems created by so many talented creators.
If you would like to learn more about the book and purchase your own copy, check out the Pomelo Books website. 100% of the profits of this book will be donated to the IBBY Children in Crisis Fund (IBBY.org), which provides support for children whose lives have been disrupted through war, civil disorder or natural disaster by providing books for therapeutic use.
I am so honored to be a part of this project!
For those of you not in the publishing world, let me just tell you: reviews are A BIG DEAL! Librarians and teachers don’t have time to read ALL the books out there, so they often rely upon professional reviews to decide whether or not they will add a title to their collection. That’s why I am SO thrilled that School Library Journal gave WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW a glowing review! If you are a subscriber, you can read the full review here. If not, here a few blurbs! You’ll get the gist! 🙂
Thrilled to have my first poem in a wonderful new magazine for tweens and teens called, PaperBound! Check out my poem, “There’s Magic Here” below, which was written during and inspired by a visit to the amazing Highlights Foundation Retreat Center last summer. The entire issue is available for FREE online! (my poem is on p. 58, but definitely read through the entire issue. There are some WONDERFUL stories and poems inside!)
What a week celebrating the book birthday WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW!
I had such a great time sharing the book (and my fabulous butterfly cape!) with the kids at the Summit Free Public Library!
over the last couple of weeks, the book has been featured on a bunch of blogs and other media, such as…
Vicinity Magazine! You can read the little blurb here on page 6!
Other exciting interviews, reviews and features….
More exciting things to come! Stay tuned! 🙂
First stop on the WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW blog tour: Andrew Hacket’s The Backstory, where we chat all about the behind-the-scenes making of the book! Enjoy!
It is so much fun to see my poems come alive with illustrations in a magazine! Here’s one right off the press, featured in the February 2023 issue of Countdown Magazine (one of the fabulous publications put out by The School Magazine in Australia!) How gorgeous is this art by David Lugge!?