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Matthew Gollub
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Children's Author, Publisher, Literacy Booster, Bilingual Presenter
Children's Author, Publisher, Literacy Booster, Bilingual Presenter

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Jazz Fly author Matthew Gollub says, "Looking forward to rhythmic storytelling this Sat., 11:00 AM at Hicklebee's Bookstore. Near San Jose? Come on down! Bring kids. Ages 3 through 99! Though ages 1-2 may enjoy the spectacle as well!

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Well, I'm happy to report the "Show Me Your Taxes" march was well attended, with wit and satire on public display. Santa Rosa city officials spoke and voiced solidarity--for immigrants too. Enjoy the pics, including some funny protest signs!
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4/16/17
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Here what I was up to at the JFK Library in Vallejo last Sat. Thank you to Ann, Kristin and Natasha of children's library staff for assembling a such a rockin' audience of parents and young book lovers! http://www.timesheraldonline.com/…/…/20170311/NEWS/170319964



Hard to simply go about one’s business as our erratic new president starts to round up immigrants. For what? To put on a show? Latino immigrants perform countless functions in society. They shop, cook, clean, raise citizen children, start businesses and are LESS likely than native born Americans to commit heinous crimes. I just don’t see how exporting them en masse from California will help Trump supporters land well-paying jobs in the Rust Belt. Planning to attend a town hall meeting this Sat.!

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Announcing my newest reading heroes…Mary McCammon and her husband Tim (one of my tennis pals), built a free lending “library” in their front yard. Having raised 4 readers, they re-purposed an old crib and, as a family, created this handsome book cupboard. Neighbors come by to “take one and leave one.” A fine way to share their passion for books!
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Happy Valentine's Day, and Dia de Valentin. Artwork courtesy of my friend, the illustrator of Jazz Fly, Karen Hanke:


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Kung Hei Fat Choi, y’all! Happy Year of the Rooster. Got back last week from a family trip to Kauai. Stopped in Honolulu on the way home to say hello to my friend and collaborator from Japan, the book illustrator Kazuko G. Stone. By chance we showed up in Honolulu's Chinatown for this amazing New Years celebration!
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It took PATIENCE and CONCENTRATION to work the "simple" software, but I finally pulled together a new video, "Taste of Jazz Fly 2." (Does it sound like insects are being served as appetizers between sips of wine?) Click the link below to be among the very first to watch it on Youtube : )

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I believe thoughtful radio, like NPR, helps kids build language proficiency. Here’s another use for talk radio, albeit the more political variety. Play it loud, for hours on end, to rid your house of raccoons! Last week, I battled wits with a raccoon mom, placing ammonia rags and sprinkling Critter Ridder near the vent she had ripped out. I also practiced drums at full volume by day. For good measure, I’d crank a radio show that even I couldn’t stand—and leave the house. By Thursday night her rustling, and the squeaking of her newborn kits, fell silent, and the small test plank I had leaned over the open vent into the backyard was finally toppled. Victory! They'd cleared out. Hammer drill at the ready, I screwed on a new vent cover. Was it the ammonia, the drumming, the Critter Ridder, or the windbags on political talk radio? I know which would have tipped me over the edge : )
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Much as I love Dr. Seuss, elementary schools would do better on Read Across America Day to focus on poetry with more wide ranging vocabulary like "Falling Up" (Shel Silverstein) and "It's Raining Pigs and Noodles" (Jack Prelutsky). I just re-read both, and they're terrific! The problem with featuring pre-school classics like "One Fish, Two Fish" and "The Cat in the Hat" year after year is that older students understandably get bored out of their minds and, worse yet, get a false sense of their reading ability. Here's to encouraging young people to STRETCH and not just settle for the stuff widely marketed.
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3/12/16
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