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Ted’s New Picture Book!

Ted’s New Picture Book!

On April 19th, 2022, Ted’s new, beautiful going-to-bed picture book, “Night-night, Body” hits the streets–the best bedtime book in a generation. Check it out!

Ted’s gently-rolling rhymes combine with Pete Gergely’s smilingly-delicious watercolors to take you and your tired body parts on a very sleepy trip around the world, ending in the inner-outer space of dreamland, whether you like it or not. Say “Night-night” to all your body parts, from toes to top, and travel to 15 different countries as you do.

It absolutely works for grown-ups as well as their caretaker kiddos. Give it a try. Snuggle into your cozy-wozy bed tonight and read it aloud. Every night. Softly. Not hardly. Before you know it it’s …zzzzzzzzzzzz… Night-night, body!

This treasure of a book includes fun questions at the end, designed to extend discussions (the next morning, of course), and also has a fun website (www.nightnightbody.com) where you can learn about bedtime habits around the world, and the importance of sleep.

Night-night, Body will quickly become your go-to bedtime book, for a long time. It’s nearly guaranteed sleep-inducing for ages 2 to 102.

Here’s what just a few sleep experts are saying about the book:

“Ted and Pete are brilliant. This book knocked me out. My best sleep in years!”

            – Prof. Timmy T. Ticklesnoozer, PhD., Snooze U.

 

“I was well on my way to dreamland by the final beautiful page. I can think of no sleepier praise for this book.”

            – Dr. Petunia P. Pipplesnore, Editor, “The Snore Report”

 

“Kids will hate this book. Parents, not so much. Sleep is nearly instantaneous by the end…”

            – Snoozanna S. Somnolent, President, Sleepyheads Anonymous

 

Psst…. wait, there’s more…

Here are just two more kid-reviews of “Night-night, Body” that are flying in from all over the galaxy:

 

“I hate this book! When I want to stay up late, it sends me right to sleep! No fair! Pete and Ted are the worst!”

  • Danny Getz-Drowsee, 3rd Grader, New York City, NY (the city that never sleeps!)

 

“I love this book! It shuts my noisy-nosy little brother right up so I can Instagram my friends all night. “Night-night, Body” is totally soporific!” (I learned that last word in Language Arts class today!)

  • Nevah Getz-Drowsee, Grade 7. (Danny’s sister.) NYC, NY

A cool new website–GiggleVerse!

My amazing friend (and super-cool poet) Kenn Nesbitt has lovingly created a new website that features a new poem every day (or almost) plus information about the poet. I am honored to have a pile of my poems featured on the website. It was launched on April 1, 2020 (April Fool’s Day!), and just in time to provide laughs for all of us while we have to stay inside for this nasty virus thingy. Check it out. And keep laughing!

Cool new anthology from Nat’l Geographic with 2 Ted Poems inside!

Yippee! I’m thrilled to have two fun poems in the wowie-zowie-new poetry anthology just out from National Geographic called, “The Poetry of US.” Like it’s predecessor from 2015, “National Geographic’s Nature Poetry,” in which I had a poem about Ayres Rock in Australia, this new anthology focuses on the special aspects of America, all it’s glory, stars, stripes, and spots. The book is edited by my friend, Pat Lewis. What an amazing effort!

Here’s an amazon link to both:

https://www.amazon.com/Poetry-US-celebrate-people-passions/dp/1426331851/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537806549&sr=8-1&keywords=the+poetry+of+us

https://www.amazon.com/National-Geographic-Book-Nature-Poetry/dp/1426320949/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537806576&sr=8-1&keywords=nature+poetry+national+geographic

Amazing new anthology from National Geographic!

Yippee! I’m thrilled to have two fun poems in the wowie-zowie-new poetry anthology just out from National Geographic called, “The Poetry of US.” Like it’s predecessor from 2015, “National Geographic’s Nature Poetry,” in which I had a poem about Ayres Rock in Australia, this new anthology focuses on the special aspects of America, all it’s glory, stars, stripes, and spots. The book is edited by my friend, Pat Lewis. What an amazing effort!

Here’s an amazon link to both:

https://www.amazon.com/Poetry-US-celebrate-people-passions/dp/1426331851/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537806549&sr=8-1&keywords=the+poetry+of+us

https://www.amazon.com/National-Geographic-Book-Nature-Poetry/dp/1426320949/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537806576&sr=8-1&keywords=nature+poetry+national+geographic

My New Book is Here!

Getting the Best of Me“–my ‘best-of-Ted’ collection of 90 of my favorite school and family poems–has arrived ‘on the shelves,’ so to speak. At least it’s on my shelf, and the shelf at amazon.com. And I hope, maybe, it will find its way onto your shelf sometime soon! Check it out.

I’m very, very pleased with the way the book came out. I really didn’t want to put my own face on the cover (modesty rules with me, mostly) but my designer insisted that’s ‘what you do’ with a ‘best of’ collection. So I went with it. But the poems (and photos of cute Vermont kids) inside are the most important and ‘funnest’ part to enjoy. So, enjoy!

Another school year is in the books!

I hope you have a super-duper summer ahead! I am looking forward to a full, fun summer of writing, after I catch my breath.

This past year was one of my busiest and best ever. I just counted up: I visited 60 schools this past year, and was in classrooms and auditoriums for over 100 days, all totaled! Yippee!

Plum Creek was a Wow!

What a remarkable experience I enjoyed at the Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival last month, at Concordia University, in Seward, Nebraska! Nebraskan’s (at least for now) hold the title of ‘most hospitable folks on earth,’ in my mind.

For three full, fun days I joined some remarkable authors, illustrators, teachers and school kids to share our love for reading and books. Who was there? I’m glad you asked. Tom Lichtenheld, a really funny illustrator/author, Clare Vanderpool, the Newbery award-winning author of Moon Over Manifest, super-talented illustrator/author Jarrett Krosoczka, Andrea Davis Pinkney, award-winning author of many books for children and young adults,  Zoe and Bob Alley, a fabulous writer-illustrator team from Rhode Island, Gary Schmidt whose books have won Newbery and Printz Honors and, finally, David Wiesner, winner of three Caldecotts for his illustration.

We each presented to kids in local Nebraska schools, and to huge groups of kids and teachers on campus, and finally to teachers alone on the third day. We did a pile of laughing,learning, and book-signing. For me this was a top-ten life experience, and a HUGE honor. I shared my poems with over 2000 kids and teachers in three days!

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