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A Busy Spring

Spring is always a busy time for writers as there are many conferences to attend and schools to visit. A few weeks ago, I was in San Antonio for the 58th annual conference of the International Reading Association. I participated in two signings that celebrated the launch of the new Poetry Friday anthology, published by

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Poetry Month, Poetry Friday

Happy National Poetry Month! Have you heard the excited rumblings about The Poetry Friday Anthology: Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core? Edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, this is an incredible resource for teachers and librarians. Divided into grades, kindergarten through fifth, there are 218 poems by 75 poets

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IRA

I’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

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Poetry Friday Anthology 2012

Getting to Friday

I know, I know . . .  summer went by WAAAY too fast. And now, here we are—in that ambivalent back-to-school mode, one foot in August and summertime, the other in September with its autumn leaves, sweaters, and marching bands. What’s a student—or a parent, or a teacher—to do?   May I suggest?: Do your best from

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