Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
I’m still processing NCTE 2023, but I know proposals are in progress right now for NCTE 2024, with its theme of Heart Hope Humanity. I’d love to attend and take part in 1–3 sessions. I’m especially interested in poetry, picture books, nonfiction, writing process, and social emotional learning. I think SEL is a great focus for NCTE 2024, and my second picture book of the year deals with imperfection, equity, and self-worth. Several of my other books, like We Belong, Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten, Finding Family, and Meet My Family, have a heart of SEL themes too. If you or someone you know’s looking for a tradebook author for your proposal, please reach out (or share my post). Thanks so much!
Also, I have 2 time slots left for World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 7, 2024. My openings are at 9am and noon Central Time. If you’re interested, please go here and read the details. Then fill out the form if the brief program I’m offering is a good fit for you and your students. Thanks!
Now, for Poetry Friday! Ya know, 2023 has been kind of a rough year. I’ve had a lot of disappointments in my own career, and I’ve also watched many talented creators who are friends or family be knocked about by low exposure, low sales, and a feeling of weariness. I wrote the first draft of this poem on the plane on the way to NCTE a few weeks ago. Here’s the stage it’s at now, this poem that’s for anyone who needs it!
And for your weekly poetry fix, head on over to the Poetry Friday Roundup at the blog of Patricia Franz this week! Thanks, Patricia!