Artist-in-Residence hal evans Offers Zany Poetry for Young Readers

If Shel Silverstein, Ogden Nash, and the creators of Mad magazine held an open-mic audition, hal evans and Kevin Pope would steal the show.

Plum Street Publishers has acquired world rights to If I Weren't Me: A Menagerie in Poetry by hal evans, a poet, playwright, actor, and teacher. Through interactive performances, workshops professional development and presentation, evans brings curricula to life for 60,000 students and teachers annually.

Illuminated with zany mashups by illustrator Kevin Pope, evans leads his readers through a poetic menagerie, marching through a language-arts funhouse and adopting stances ranging from droll to comical to clever.

As they engage in evans’ infectiously zany wordplay, kids respond in kind, blissfully unaware that they are absorbing poetic structure, form, and technique.

Diane Greenseid To Take On Feisty Little Flea

Diane Greenseid has signed on to illustrate The Feisty Little Flea, a French variant of the Cinderella legend. With text authored by Margaret Read MacDonald and Jen and Nat Whitman, the text owes as much to the folk tradition of Richard Chase as to Charles Perrault. Applying her trademark humor and fun-house perspective, Diane will employ a mixed-media style utilizing acrylics and collage for Feisty Little Flea

Diane has illustrated 15 picture books and won numerous awards, including three Bank Street College Best Children's Books and two Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies. Besides her work in children's book illustration, she is also an elementary school librarian, mosaic artist, dulcimer player, and dog boarder. She lives with her husband, musician Pete McCabe, and their dog, Willy, and Cat, Leo, in Venice, California.



William B. Jones Embarks on Petit Jean Book Tour

William B. Jones, author of Petit Jean: A Wilderness Adventure, will be a moving target this fall as we launch his book tour during State Park Legacy Week. Want to share your favorite memories of Petit Jean Mountain? Here's where you'll find him:

Watch for updates on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

William B. Jones's "Petit Jean" Selected for the National Book Festival

The Arkansas Center for the Book has selected Petit Jean: A Wilderness Adventure (a novella for young readers by William B. Jones; illustrated by Gary Zaboly) to represent the state at the Library of Congress's National Book Festival and for inclusion in its "Discover Great Places Through Reading" program.

The National Book Festival, an annual event held in Washington, DC, is a celebration of the joy of books and reading that is sponsored by the Library of Congress and gives attendees the opportunity to visit with more than 175 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets who will talk about and sign their books. This year's festival is Saturday, September 24.

Representatives from across the United States and its territories will celebrate their unique literary offerings in the Pavilion of the States. Guests are invited to collect state stickers and stamps and "Discover Great Places Through Reading."

Leslie Stall Widener Joins Roster of Plum Street Illustrators

Leslie Stall Widener has signed on to illustrate Gerald Fierst's Imagine the Moon, a picture book introducing children to the lunar calendar. Its two-tier format will include sidebars for elementary students elaborating on cross-curriculum applications of the STEM concepts introduced with each month's moon. Imagine the Moon is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2017.

Leslie, who lives and works in McKinney, Texas, was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a legacy of her maternal grandmother. She has illustrated for numerous educational publishers and children's magazines. Her portfolio includes three books for young readers, including Greg Rodgers' Chukfi Rabbit's Big, Bad Bellyache, which received a starred review in The Kirkus Reviews and was selected for the Alaska Spirit of Reading program.