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Thursday, 23 August 2018

The day is finally here. We are dropping our youngest child off at university. As often happens in times of transition, a favorite poem is making me smile and giving me comfort. I first read “Moving Day,” by poet J. C. Elkin in 2010, when my little one actually was little — just ten years […]

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Among our basic needs is a place of safety and belonging, yet many children face situation where their communities are under threat. A panel of middle-grade author/educators will model how they use literature to spark conversations on home and community, security, and identity. Three brief lesson plans, centered on exploring the meaning of place and […]

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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Business first, then a poem. First, Tabatha Yeatts, you are the winner of the NITA’S FIRST SIGNS book giveaway! Congratulations! Second, I am heading to the ILA conference this weekend. Look for a post later this afternoon with details about my panel session with MG authors Tricia Springstubb, Karina Yan Glaser, Janet Sumner Johnson, and […]

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

It’s my second year at nErDCampMI and I’ve been having a blast! My favorite thing about this event is that authors and educators are learning together — sharing our best practices, concerns, and experiences with connecting students and books. As promised, I am posting the slide presentations for both Day 1 panels I participated in. […]

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It’s Texas Library Association week! Come say hello. This is where I will be: Tuesday 4/3 Pre-conference Poetry Rodeo 1-5 pm Hosted by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong of Pomelo Books Jen Bryant and I are doing a short presentation on Poetry and Art at 3 pm, but plan to spend the whole day. The […]

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LET’S HEAR IT FOR MIDDLE GRADE SPIRIT! Welcome to Team TLC, future Pitch Warriors. Coaches Laura Shovan and Tricia Clasen here. ROLL CALL: I’m Laura Shovan. I am a poet. And a middle grade author. So check me out. I’ve been training hard for PitchWars, Team. I’ve been on both sides of the editor’s desk […]

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This is going to be a difficult post, friends. It’s time to have a serious talk about girls and compliance. Let’s be clear right up front. On one level, this is about a dear friend’s book and how a review of that book got it wrong. Conflict of interest, I know. But I’m determined to […]

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LET’S HEAR IT FOR MIDDLE GRADE SPIRIT! Welcome to Team TLC, future Pitch Warriors. Coaches Laura Shovan and Tricia Clasen here. ROLL CALL: I’m Laura Shovan. I am an editor. And a debut author. So check me out. I’ve been training hard for PitchWars, Team. I’ve been on both sides of the editor’s desk and […]

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

It’s Day 6 of our month-long daily writing project. This year’s theme is FOUND OBJECTS. For those of you who are new to the project, please read my introductory post. You’ll find more information and all of the Week 1 FOUND OBJECTS at this post. FOUND: Antique Dolls I found today’s object in my home town, Ellicott […]

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Hello, Found Object Poets. I am taking a break from blogging today. FOUND: Tomato Moon Don’t throw any rotten tomatoes my way! We’re still writing and sharing for Poetry Friday. You will find the Day 5 Found Object Poem Project post at Matt Forrest Esenwine’s blog, Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme. Thanks, Matt! And please stop by […]

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Laura Shovan

Laura Shovan is the author of the award-winning middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary. Her second book, Takedown, is a Junior Library Guild and PJ Our Way selection. Look for A Place at the Table, co-written with Saadia Faruqi, in 2020. Laura is a poet-in-the-schools Maryland.

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