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2015 -what a year. I had three new books published: LULLABY AND KISSES SWEET: POEMS TO LOVE WITH YOUR BABY (Abrams), JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES (Boyds Mills Press/Wordsong) and AMAZING PLACES (Lee & Low). Two paperback reprints also were published, ALPHATHOUGHTS (Boyds Mills Press/Wordsong) and AMAZING FACES (Lee & Low). Renee LaTulippe and I completed “Spotlight on NCTE Poets” series. The last interview released was on Nikki Grimes. Forthcoming are me, J. Patrick Lewis, Joyce
From early August to now has been a wondrous whirlwind. Two new titles appeared this fall: JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES (Boyds Mills Press/Wordsong) has been hailed as “an all-time favorite.”Jane Manning’s imaginative, child-centered artwork brings magic to the poetry of Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Nikki Grimes, Joan Bransfield Graham and so many more. AMAZING PLACES (Lee & Low) has already received two starred reviews from KIRKUS and PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY. Stunning artwork was done by Chris Soentipiet
One wonders where time goes. August! My first post since April! Yet, I think I like the letter ‘A’! Two forthcoming titles are due out in Autumn. In an advance review of JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES (Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press), illustrated byJane Manning, KIRKUS called the book “…an endearing Accolade’ ending with “Amen”. For AMAZING PLACES (Lee & Low), illustrated by Chris Soentpiet and Christy Hale, KIRKUS starred the book stating “Amazing indeed”. I am amazed.
Overwhelmed at the reception of LULLABY & KISSES SWEET (Abrams). Overwhelmed! I never thought a board book for toddlers would become so popular so fast. Indeed, a thrilling moment in my career. The past few months have been filled with theatre. Old saws – OKLAHOMA, WEST SIDE STORY – renewed again due to technology and youthful casts. Concerts -Gershwin, Rodgers, Webber – reminders of what music and lyrics were. Were! I reach 77 on the
January – a month of extraordinary life happenings. On l/6, Florida passed the Marriage Equality Act. On l/l5, Charles John Egita and I married at a lovely private ceremony at our home. A larger reception will be held the end of February. Charles and I met over forty-five years ago. It was time! Time, indeed. We sailed on the Caribbean Princess for a five-night cruise spent in of the most incredible suites we’ve ever seen