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Oh, Baltimore Any of you know that great Nina Simone song, Oh, Baltimore, http://www.lyricsdepot.com/nina-simone/baltimore.html; here’s an MP3 file, http://www.music-free-download.net/mp3/Nina-Simone/Download_Baltimore–_mp3_981522.html. Well, courtesy of Deb Taylor, http://www.standardcatalogs.com/committee_member.htm I am going down to Baltimore this week to talk with teenagers about race. Some of you with long memories may wonder about this association — since Deb and I were [...]

More Travels

Oh, Baltimore Any of you know that great Nina Simone song, Oh, Baltimore, http://www.lyricsdepot.com/nina-simone/baltimore.html; here’s an MP3 file, http://www.music-free-download.net/mp3/Nina-Simone/Download_Baltimore–_mp3_981522.html. Well, courtesy of Deb Taylor, http://www.standardcatalogs.com/committee_member.htm I am going down to Baltimore this week to talk with teenagers about race. Some of you with long memories may wonder about this association — since Deb and I were [...]

Google Me This

Another School Visit, Another Story The other day I got to meet with all of the fifth graders at a local school. They’d seen some of my books, so I was half talking about the subjects in them, and half giving the "how I research and write my books" talk. There is always a sweet moment [...]

Google Me This

Another School Visit, Another Story The other day I got to meet with all of the fifth graders at a local school. They’d seen some of my books, so I was half talking about the subjects in them, and half giving the "how I research and write my books" talk. There is always a sweet moment [...]

Help Me Out On This One

I’m Puzzled My older son is in second grade in a good local public school. He is getting strong Language Arts training — he can identify parts of speech with far more ease than I can — and a fine Chicago Everyday Math program. But his classroom has no — and I mean zero — social [...]

Help Me Out On This One

I’m Puzzled My older son is in second grade in a good local public school. He is getting strong Language Arts training — he can identify parts of speech with far more ease than I can — and a fine Chicago Everyday Math program. But his classroom has no — and I mean zero — social [...]

Moral Choices

Another Interactive Piece As I mentioned in my last blog, I was on a panel with Ann Bausum, whose new book is about the turn-of-the-20th-century muckrakers. She explained she grew up during Watergate, with her parents being riveted by each day’s new revelation in the Washington Post. Well we all — and our students — [...]

Moral Choices

Another Interactive Piece As I mentioned in my last blog, I was on a panel with Ann Bausum, whose new book is about the turn-of-the-20th-century muckrakers. She explained she grew up during Watergate, with her parents being riveted by each day’s new revelation in the Washington Post. Well we all — and our students — [...]

And It Can’t Just Be an Encyclopedia

Changing On the Fly First off, thanks to all of you for your nice, encouraging, posts. At AASL, an audience member asked the panel Jim Murphy http://www.jimmurphybooks.com/, Ann Bausum http://www.annbausum.com/, Kathy Krull http://www.kathleenkrull.com/ and me http://www.marcaronson.com/ why we write for young people, not adults. I said, "because you are all so welcoming, so it is your fault." [...]

And It Can’t Just Be an Encyclopedia

Changing On the Fly First off, thanks to all of you for your nice, encouraging, posts. At AASL, an audience member asked the panel Jim Murphy http://www.jimmurphybooks.com/, Ann Bausum http://www.annbausum.com/, Kathy Krull http://www.kathleenkrull.com/ and me http://www.marcaronson.com/ why we write for young people, not adults. I said, "because you are all so welcoming, so it is your fault." [...]