Books

Tales Of Old Columbus

18th Aug 2015

Published by the Columbus Historical Society, Through Children’s Eyes is the first new Columbus history book for children published in 40 years. Within its 58 pages are seven historical fiction stories researched and written by the author. Each is told from the perspective of the main character, an 8-year-old child. Topics include a child’s experience with the Underground Railroad, Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Columbus, the birth of the first African American child in Franklin County, and others.

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Firefly Night

18th Aug 2015

From Booklist: “In this lovely story, inspired by lines from Longfellow’s ‘The Song of Hiawatha,’ a young Chippewa girl asks the wah-wah-taysee (firefly) to use its light to guide her home through the forest. . . . Lyrical rhyming stanzas are rhythmic and soothing; enchanting, luminous watercolor-and-pencil art, richly detailed, captures the magic and wonder of nature and its inhabitants.” FINALIST, OHIOANA AND OKLAHOMA BOOK AWARDS

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Blizzard

18th Aug 2015

From Booklist: “Using short, rhyming phrases, a little boy contrasts the wintry weather outside with the cozy comfort he’s enjoying indoors: ‘Outside the snow is piling up./Inside, hot cocoa fills my cup./Outside the snow surrounds a tree./Inside, a soft quilt covers me./’ Children will enjoy the short, rhyming phrases, which create familiar, concrete images. Accessible to very young children, yet still satisfying to older ones, this appealing picture book will be a good choice for reading aloud for story hours with a winter theme.” COOPERATIVE CHILDREN’S BOOK CENTER RECOMMENDED BOOK.

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Arctic Dreams

18th Aug 2015

From Bookwatch: “Carole Gerber’s Arctic Dreams is cast in the form of a free-verse poem in which an Eskimo mother spins a story that takes her sleepy child on a journey through the Arctic. The mother’s vivid descriptions prompt the Eskimo child to imagine that he is part of every scene, experiencing the grandeur of this vast region with all his senses, before falling quietly asleep, surrounded by the animals he encounters along the way. Gerber’s rhythmic text is vividly and memorably illustrated by Marty Husted’s superb watercolors. PICK OF THE LIST, GREAT LAKES BOOKSELLERS’ ASSOCIATION

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Hush! A Gaelic Lullaby

18th Aug 2015

From School Library Journal: “Gerber’s lyric quatrains in Hush! A Gaelic Lullaby smoothly tell the story of getting baby to sleep as a storm rolls in on a coastal Irish farm. Sister takes down the wash, brother gathers peat, mother brings it in, grandpa brings in the sheep, father fastens the shutters, grandma builds the fire, and when everyone sits around it to talk, baby finally falls asleep. In all, a darlin’ choice for bedtime collections.”  Parent Council Award of Excellence.

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Jessica McBean, Tap Dance Queen

18th Aug 2015

Jessica is tired of being teased about her size – skinny – and her hobby – tap dancing – by two boys in her class. She gets the last laugh when she teams up with her beagle, Elvis, and her bus driver, Ralph Zizzmore, and surprises everyone at her school talent show. Chapter Book, Blooming Tree Press

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One Minute Till Bedtime

21st Sep 2016

It’s time for tuck-in, and your little one wants just one more moment with you–so fill it with something that will feed the imagination, fuel a love of reading, and send them off to sleep in a snap. Reach for a one-minute poem!

Former Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt presents a blockbuster collection of all-new poetry illustrated by award-winning artist Christoph Niemann. (Little, Brown, 2016)

“A dreamy collection of bedtime poems and witty illustrations that’s anything but sleepy.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Two of my poems are featured: “Snow Angels” and “Time for Bed.”

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The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations in English and Spanish

18th Aug 2015

In this book, you’ll find twelve special celebrations for each month and twelve poems for “Birthdays & Baby Days” – so get ready to have a poetry party! All poems are printed in both English and Spanish. If you like hats, or pets, or getting letters, or riding your bike, or eating cookies, or solving puzzles, or reading, or playing video games all day long . . . you’ll find a bunch of days to celebrate. Plus poems for Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and more!

To learn more about the poems in this anthology, visit www.poetrycelebrations.com

Two of my poems, “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss” and “A Day to Honor Fathers” are featured.

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The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science

21st Sep 2016

“A collection of the best science poetry ever written for children – with a twist.” NSTA Recommended Book. Compiled by Professor Sylvia Vardell and Poet Janet Wong, the book features 248 poems about a variety of science topics written by 78 award-winning poets. (Pomelo Books, 2014)

Two of my poems are featured: “Tornado” and “Seeking Proof”.

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The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School

21st Sep 2016

Poems compiled for this anthology by Professor Sylvia Vardell and Poet Janet Wong include examples of many techniques, forms, and elements—rhyme, repetition, and rhythm; metaphor and simile; personification; onomatopoeia; hyperbole; dramatic irony; and different poetic formats, including haiku, sonnet, and reverse. (Pomelo Books, (2013)

“Find a place for this book on your desk since you’ll be turning to it time and time again. You may even want two copies, one for your students and one for your own use.” Review of The Poetry Friday Anthology K-5 Edition in IRA’s Reading Today.

My poem: “Night Light” is featured.

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The Poetry Friday Anthology

21st Sep 2016

The Poetry Friday Anthology by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong offers a set of 36 poems for each grade level, K-5 (a poem-a-week for the 9 months of the typical school year). Drawing on decades of experience in classrooms all over the world as well as volumes of academic research and writing, this book presents activities that are poem-specific, skill-based, developmentally appropriate for each weekly poem—and that connect to the Common Core standards for poetry instruction. (Pomelo Books, 2012).

My poem “Summer Showers” is featured.

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