I was pleased to be featured on Education Talk Radio this morning, discussing the topic of the increasing use of nonfiction in elementary classrooms. Host Larry Jacobs asked me a wide range of questions about all of my children’s writing, and we had a lively discussion. You can access the entire interview on the Education Talk Radio website.

Larry asked me how I got involved in writing for children, how I research and write nonfiction material for the education market, and how I handle the self-publishing process for picture and poetry books. For the latter question, I talked about developing The Sound in the Basement with our mutual friend, illustrator Eric Hamilton.

I also discussed how much I enjoy visiting schools to talk about writing and to conduct writing workshops with elementary students. I described the joy I feel when I see a young reader/writer sharing my enthusiasm for a particular topic. To learn more about school visit topics, visit this page on my website.

One topic that didn’t come up during our conversation was my next self publishing project, Beach Fun: Poems of Surf and Sand, produced in collaboration with award-winning photographer Lisa Goodman of Wilmington, so I’ll give that a quick plug here. We are currently conducting a GoFundMe campaign to help support our self-publishing effort. Learn more here.

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