Board Book and News

photo 2Rah, Rah, Radishes! becomes a board book in the Little Simon Classic Board Book line on July 15th!   In 2015, look for Woodpecker Wham illus by Steve Jenkins (Holt )and my photo-illustrated Raindrops Roll (Beach Lane/S&S.)

I am taking a speaking sabbatical through May 2015. So I won’t be scheduling any conferences or school visits during that time. If you are interested in future visits, contact me in March 2015 when I will start booking my schedule once again. Here’s a recent article about my work in Huffington Post:

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Rah Rah Radishes in Kirkus

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.

Peppers and Huckleberries at Crescent City Market, New Orleans, Louisiana

In between a panel talk and signings at ALA in New Orleans late June, I fit in a trip around the corner to the lovely Crescent City Market near my hotel. This small market stood out for its farms with diverse heirloom variety veggies and its ready-to-eat savory foods and bakery goods. Really, it’s all you really want on a Sat morning.

I found yummy peppers and a possible fruit for Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant: huckleberries. I stood in the market pondering, trying to figure out how to work it into the rhyme. Nothing came to mind. Just in case, I bought the huckleberries to take home and photograph. But I  forgot them in the fridge at my hotel. Couldn’t tote them home for book photos. Oh, well, huckleberries. Sorry you’re not in the book, only in the blog!


Rah, Rah, Radishes Activities

Shirley Duke, author/educator/speaker/writer of the Simply Science blog, shared with me extension activities for Rah, Rah, Radishes. See below for these activities. See her site for more goodies, about many books!


1. Make a list of all the vegetables named in the book. Then categorize those veggies by color or by which part of the plant they may be. This might include leaf, root, fruit, or stem.

2. Look up the food groups. The food pyramid has become a plate! Find out what other kinds of food make a healthy meal. Continue reading “Rah, Rah, Radishes Activities”

Bloggers Lovin’ Radishes

Back from steamy, sparkly ALA in New Orleans to find that folks are lovin’ Rah, Rah, Radishes.  Katie Davis brought Rah, Rah, Radishes: a Vegetable Chant along with two other books to discuss them in her segment on Good Morning, CT.

See what A Year of Reading has to say. Shirley Duke posted extension activities here: Simply Science Blog. Back to photographing fruit for Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant, which is out next year. Mangosteen, anyone?

Quiet Little Vegetable Celebrations

Recent random veggie yumminess in my life

10: 30 a.m. Hungry. Pick arugula from garden. Pour last summer’s Brandywine canned tomatoes  into favorite bumblebee bowl. Open up snow pea pods that look weary and toss their little tiny peas into soup . Eat. Yum!

Next up are a photos from Easter at my amother-in-law’s house. She’s artful in her tables and reads recipes from magazines. (She’s a philosopher, professor, and artist.)

See what she does with radishes? I don’t know which magazine inspired it. They had some delicious spread underneath and were tasty. Maybe I should make some for the Rah, Rah, Radish  launch party!