GREAT NEWS — Ballpark, my picture book released in spring 2014, will be included in Scholastic’s Book Fairs / Book Clubs for the next 5 years! Excited that this story will reach more young listeners and readers through Scholastic’s marketing programs. Hooray!
Here’s an interview about writing with fellow author and SCBWI member, Elizabeth Felt:
I love to see how an illustrator takes my words and creates the art for a picture book. Here is a sketch from illustrator, Laurie Caple, for my next nonfiction book. She has an amazing style – detailed and dreamy, which is perfect for this bedtime book, Sweet Dreams, Wild Animals (final title still being determined).
Coordinated with the release of my latest children’s picture book, download and print a copy of my 7-page Activity Guide for your young reader to use! You’ll find crafts, a snack recipe, baseball stretching exercises, vocabulary and rhyming activities, a baseball family tree, and a maze challenge! Just go to the Handouts page of the website to find educational handouts and activity guides for my books. Enjoy!
This year our Poetry Team USA has taken our show on the road to a number of schools with an interactive, engaging multi-media program. We’ve had a great time presenting an all-school program in the gymnasium, followed by break out sessions with kids by grade level – teaching a unique form of poetry to students 1-5th grade levels. Schools have responded with great enthusiasm- students wear their favorite sports tee-shirt or jersey that day, create posters in advance of the program, and are ready to learn and have fun that day. Contact us if you would like to learn more!
Pictured below (left to right): Cathy Cronin, Michelle Schaub, Heidi Roemmer, Pat Cooley and me – Eileen Meyer. All are published poets and authors. Our group includes two elementary school teachers and a few marketing professionals — all dedicated writers!
After this record-setting winter, I’m ready to welcome spring later this month. What better way to forget shoveling snow and bundling up in sub-zero temperatures than to think of opening day and baseball season. Perfect timing for my latest release, Ballpark! This children’s picture book for young listeners and readers ages 4-8 is now available at on-line retailers. Batter up!
I’m fortunate to be part of a merry band of sports-loving poets whose goal is to spread the word about poetry to students in our schools. Here’s the newspaper article about one of our school visits to Madison Elementary School in Hinsdale. We had a great experience working with students of all grade levels in break out sessions, in addition to presenting to the entire school in the gymnasium. Let me know if you are interested in having us visit your school!
November was a busy month with school visits. Here I am working with 5th graders as I presented my program, Nine Things You Should Know to Improve your NF Writing. I’ve shared this program with large groups of 7th graders, 4th graders and 5th graders this past month. This 5th grade class was preparing to work on a biography project in the coming weeks. After my power point presentation, we used a timed “Free-writing exercise” to brainstorm a myriad of possible approaches to use to find a unique angle for their subject. Here a student shares a list of questions she plans to research about the soccer player, Abby Wambach.
I’m delighted to share a preview of the cover art for my forthcoming release, BALLPARK, due out in March, 2014! Get ready to buy a bag of peanuts, catch a foul ball, and read my latest selection to a young friend next season. . . This book celebrates the simple joy of spending the day together at the ballpark. I’m thrilled with Carlynn Whitt’s fabulous illustrations. Stay tuned for more information about this book.