• Baby Says “Moo!” (Disney-Hyperion Books) is now a padded board book with adorable illustrations by David Walker. In Write a Poem Step by Step: A Simple, Logical Plan You Can Follow to Create Your Own Poems (Earlybird Press), you’ll find the tools you need to write and revise your own poems, a plan you can follow from choosing a good idea to polishing a final draft, and model poems written by elementary school students in my poetry workshops. Waiting Out the Storm is a rhyming picture book published by Candlewick Press. Susan Gaber created the gorgeous, perfect illustrations, and Booklist gave it a starred review.

    Flip, Float, Fly! Seeds on the Move is a nonfiction picture book that describes the many ways seeds travel. Pam Paparone illustrated it, and Holiday House published it. It received the Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children’s Literature Award from the American Horticultural Society and the National Junior Master Gardener Program.

    My rhyming picture book Sing-Along Song, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, was published by Viking. The Texas Library Association chose Sing-Along Song for the 2005 Texas 2 x 2 Reading List. My first picture book, Cats on Judy, was illustrated by Judith DuFour Love and published by Whispering Coyote Press in 1997. I’ve also written poems, articles for writers, and more than 125 nonfiction books for school and library publishers.

    I speak to children, teens, and adults about poetry and writing at schools, libraries, and conferences. I contribute to the Teaching Authors group blog. I am a graduate of the M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program at Vermont College, and I’ve taught writing courses at four Wisconsin Colleges. I received the Barbara Juster Esbensen 2000 Poetry Teaching Award for my work with a third grade class. Please see my web site at www.joannmacken.com for more details about my presentations. Thank you!

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