Well, you’ve probably already noticed it here, but my site has a whole new look! Even though I still have tweaks to make–my open house would never happen if I waited for everything to be just so–I wanted to welcome you all to drop in and look around!
Steve Palmquist, of Winding Oak, had the unenviable job of turning my unreasonable requests into reality! He did a fabulous job of building a child theme for me, finding a font I loved, turning my horrible logo mockup into a beautiful reality, and oh-so-much more! Thank you, Steve, for all your work setting up my new online home!
Steve, by the way, is half of Steve and Vicki Palmquist, who are such a force for good in the children’s literature world. Educators, do you know Quercus, their online weekly magazine (you can read a free issue here). And you can sign up for Bookology, their free monthly online magazine, here. Steve and Vicki are friends and former bosses of me, and everything they do is top-notch quality.
OK, back to my site. Teachers, I thought I’d share a few features you might want to be sure to check out when you have a moment.
- Want to learn a bit about me? On my homepage is a slideshow featuring some of my blog series (like poetryactions and 15 Words or Less Poems), books I’ve written, family photos, school visits, etc. Or you might like How I Became a Writer.
- Interested in poetry? You can read about and get materials for my books (BookSpeak!, of course, plus my 30 Painless Classroom Poems series, plus some older collections).
- Want to read my poetry? Besides the loads of poems I’ve shared here on my blog, you can find some of my poems that have appeared in anthologies or other websites. Or you can check out my poetry sampler of 10 poems.
- Want to write your OWN poetry or teach students how to write poetry? Read my quick advice on writing poetry, and then explore my Poetic Pursuits columns! Those are awesome, practical columns for anyone interested in writing poetry or teaching students to write poetry. I’m really proud of them:>)
Wow, this is a lot of information already. I think I’ll stop here and maybe share some more bits from my site in other weeks. Anyway, please visit my site, poke around, and see what you find. Or bookmark it to explore during some down time! I’d love to hear any comments you have–anything missing? trouble navigating the site? a feature you extra love? Please share!
Thanks so much:>)