Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant, my new book, was released by Beach Lane Books, a division of Simon & Schuster today. Please join me in eating some fruit to salute designer Lauren Rille for her joyful design of this new book! It is available on paper and also in a digital form.
I had the pleasure of visiting Pioneer Elementary in March. Wow, the art teacher was a burst of creativity, working on such incredible projects with the kids. Many other teachers were doing amazing work, as well. See some of it below! Click on each photo to see it in greater detail. Continue reading “Vegetable Art, Trout Trees and More!”
Here’s a list of fruits and fruit parts in the last spread of Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant (Release date: May 22, 2012) Find them in the book if you can!
I’ll be doing two guest blogs for poetry month. Here’s the first, on Jama Rattigan’s Poetry Potluck. She’s featuring lots of poets, their poems, and recipes, all month long.
Am I a poet? Hmm…just considering that this month, after two folks asked me to blog about poetry. I blogged about this quandry on Katie Davis’ site. I also discussed some of the math behind my chant/poetry work on INK.
Okay, so I’m more than a little bit excited about Go, Go, Grapes: A Fruit Chant (Release date May 22, 2012 by Beach Lane Books/S&S). Kirkus subscribers can see the Kirkus review of the book already. I’ve just started posting fruit-related pictures and posts. More to come!
Happy news! Rah, Rah, Radishes: A Vegetable Chant is on some yummy best-o-year lists including the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles For Reading and Sharing 2011 and Kirkus’ 100 Best of the Year list. It also received one of California Reading Association’s Eureka gold awards for excellence in nonfiction. Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant is at the printer and will be released May 22, 2012.
Kirkus Reviews sure knows how to ask quality questions to get a person talking and reflecting. Read the Rah Rah Radishes interview here. There’s also a fun little California connection for the book made by a writer out in Salinas. His article is “‘Vegetable Chant’ showcases Central Coast’s chief product.” Meanwhile, after a fun South Bend Farmer’s Market signing last Sat, I’m completing final shots for Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant, 2012.
Here, some rockin’ awesome Mississippi librarians show me how they sing If You’re Hoppy, incorporating the slight variations from the traditional If You’re Happy song. (I admit I never imagined folks singing it, only saying it out loud. But I’ve heard lots of librarians are singing it for story hour.) The facebook author page with the video.
My chant books are a celebration of words, rhythm, rhyme, and biodiversity. To celebrate my upcoming (June 16th, 2011) vegetable chant, I’ve assembled sound samples to help in teaching and understanding these books. Continue reading “THE CHANT BOOKS: Read, Taste, Teach!”