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Well, a lot has changed since the last newsletter. Today I'm going to share a few things to do while cooped up.

Shout out to all the people who are going in to work every day and all the people out there who are helping others in various ways. Thank you.
Make a Poem
I've been spreading the word about the joys of book spine cento poems ever since I saw Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Books project. It also makes the perfect quarantine activity. On my blog I challenged people to give it a try. Here are some tips on how to make one. If you put one together, email it to me ( and I'll add it to the gallery I have going.

Here's one my kids made:
Watch a Canadian Glass Blowing Reality Show
Is this thing going to break? That's the essential question posed by a lot of reality show competitions (including another recent favorite). Blown Away is the ultimate "Is this thing going to break?" show. But it's also a refreshingly earnest look at an art form I knew nothing about (and the artists who make it). It's on Netflix and it's wonderful.
Read a Book
Nonfiction graphic novel Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang is getting read and re-read and re-re-read by me (38), my daughter (10) and even my son (7). I really don't know how any book this year will top it for me. It's great for basketball fans who are missing their team, but also great for non sports fans because a non sports fan wrote it. *Bonus* The cover looks and feels like a basketball.
Become a Better Storyteller
When you think about it, so much of life is built on storytelling. I see it in my work of teaching and writing, but storytelling plays a role in so many different professions and social interactions.

A friend introduced me to writer/teacher/storyteller Matthew Dicks a while back. I've been reading his newsletter for months, so when it was time to look for a new audiobook, I decided to try his book Storyworthy. I'm so glad I did - it's fantastic. 

I think the audio version is key, because Dicks narrates it himself, and the guy is a pro. He mixes his own incredible stories with practical tips on how to tell a story people will want to listen to. I just finished and I already want to start it again. Maybe it's available at your library, but I ended up listening to it on Scribd.
Learn from an Author or Illustrator
There are so many great children's book creator videos popping up right now (I LOVED this one). One of my favorites is The Inside Story of El Deafo by Cece Bell. It's like a chapter by chapter director's DVD commentary about one of my favorite graphic novels of all time. Videos arrive every Monday, and Bell is up to chapter three, so it's pretty easy to get caught up.
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Travis Jonker an elementary school librarian, podcaster, writer, and drawer. He contributed to The Creativity Project and wrote The Very Last Castle,  illustrated by Mark Pett.
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