It’s your turn! Submit your own lyrics, recordings and videos for a cause you believe in. The My Country Tis of Thee Music Project (MCTT for short) invites students, choirs, classes and clubs to submit new lyrics and performance recordings to the tune of ‘My Country Tis of Thee,’ also known by the song title ‘America.’ Winning submissions […]
Bryan Collier has painted amazing illustrations for my May 2014 nonfiction picture book My Country Tis of Thee. Check out this article on Bryan and his work from the May 2-13 issue of School Library Journal. The sketches above his desk feature illustrations from our upcoming book.
This week I am participating in the Children’s Author Blog Hop. A few days ago the amazing and prolific Kelly Milner-Halls invited me to be part of this fun idea in which each author answers four questions and then invites three other children’s authors to participate. Blog hops are a great way for authors and […]
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend two stimulating national conferences and am delighted to report on them here. There is nothing like a conference to charge oneself up, connect with old friends and meet new ones. At the National Council of Teachers of English conference in Las Vegas, I was a bit […]
Hello, dear readers. I may be getting older, but getting a little wiser, too – I hope. Thanks to the nudging of my brilliant computer son Conor in Seattle and the help of my talented and patient assistant Annette Helberg here in Spokane I have moved into the 21st century. My new blog-type web site […]