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Archive for January, 2011

Home: A Father Sings with His Little Girl

Monday, January 31st, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, Fun Clips | 2 Comments »


This is really sweet in an honest, unaffected, natural way -- and that's why you'll love it. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L64c5vT3NBw] Click here for an article about the young father, Jorge Narvaez, age 24, and his daughters. Said Narvaez, "Every moment I have with them ...

90 Second Newbery Video Contest

Sunday, January 30th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, Happenings | 1 Comment »


True story: I was telling a teacher friend about the video contest the other day, urging him to check it out, and thought to myself: "Hmmm, blog fodder!" Because once you have a blog, the world quickly divides into two parts: ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #107 (Friday Edition)

Friday, January 28th, 2011 Posted in Fan Mail | No Comments »


Here's a lad who's in for bitter disappointment: Hi. My name is Christopher and I am in the 3rd grade. We were given a project to do on our favorite author and I picked you. I have to do a visual ...

Poetry Wednesday: “The Grass, the Earth”

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


I'm headed down to NYC to catch a concert and to celebrate a pending birthday. This poem has been in my computer for a couple of years, fussed with and ignored in equal measure, so figured I'd throw it out ...

College Applications: Writing the “Parent Perspective”

Monday, January 24th, 2011 Posted in Family, Six Innings | No Comments »


My oldest son is a high school senior, gearing up for college. We're in the application phase, after whittling down the choices to eight colleges. It fell upon me to write the parent perspective, which I did a while back. As ...

It’s the Thought That Counts

Friday, January 21st, 2011 Posted in the writing process | 1 Comment »


I'm conflicted. I realize that some readers enjoy it when I open up about my writing process. At the same time, two thoughts pull me in the other direction: 1) It's bad voodoo to talk about work before it's finished; ...

BYSTANDER in Paperback: New Cover, Old Hype

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 Posted in Bystander, bullying | No Comments »


Good news for schools interested in using Bystander as part of a "One Book, One School" program, or on Required Summer Reading lists, or as part of an anti-bullying initiative: The book will be available this May in paperback. Read: Cheap, ...

The Tyranny of Silence

Sunday, January 16th, 2011 Posted in Bystander, bullying | 1 Comment »


When I was working on Bystander, I kept running across different quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr. He would often express the same idea in subtle variations. Dr. King issued an indictment against the tyranny of silence, reminding us all of ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #106 (Friday Edition)

Friday, January 14th, 2011 Posted in Fan Mail | No Comments »


Here's an easy one! Hi, My name is Sheyanne and I live in Watseka, Illinois. I am in 5th grade, and I am doing a book report on The Case of the Haunted Scarecrow and one of the questions I ...

Boys Reading

Thursday, January 13th, 2011 Posted in The Gender Gap in Reading | No Comments »


I want to welcome you to my labor of love -- FATHERSREAD.com. This week I launched the new blog, dedicated to the proposition of male role models playing an important role in the reading life of boys. Please stop by to check ...