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IRA-2013-logoI’m getting reading to spend time with some of my favorite people on earth: the educators, old friends and new, whom I’ll meet at the International Reading Association conference on April 19-22. Is it a coincidence that the IRA conference coincides with National Poetry Month? Maybe. Maybe not.

            One of my favorite quotes is “A poem is a window that hangs between two or more human beings who otherwise live in darkened rooms.” Stephen Dobyns wasn’t writing about IRA, but I find a connection: the conference is a window that brings light to the literacy efforts being made by educators, authors, illustrators, and reading professionals. We learn so much from each other—it’s a very good place to revive our energies once a year.

     bk_poetryfridayanthology_ms I’ll be signing the new book for grades 6 through 8, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School, Common Core Edition: Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA), edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, from Pomelo Books.

      Find me on Saturday, April 20th, from noon to 1:00 pm at Booth 1530, signing my picture books bk_ASOR120(including A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin), novels and poetry books.

       On Sunday, April 21st, I’ll be taking part in the Random House dinner, with book signing to follow.

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