A HATFUL OF DRAGONS is now available in a modestly priced (Rupees 299/-) paperback indian edition, published by HarperCollins India. It is available everywhere books are sold in India - both online and in bookstores. Please tell your Indian friends and family! Finally I am an internationally published author :)
Here is a free download of an educator's guide to 'A HATFUL OF DRAGONS' showing how to use this book to spur creativity, comprehension, and help kids develop poetry and critical reading skills. Click this link to download the guide PDF file. This is a great resource for teachers, parents, and educators.
Learn more about the book here.
Thrilled to learn A HATFUL OF DRAGONS is a finalist for the South Dakota Prairie Bloom Book Awards (for Grades 2-3). Awards like these encourage kids to read a lot of books, and anything that makes kids read more poetry is just fine by me, thankyouvermuch! :)
The University of North Carolina (Charlotte) College of Arts is creating a musical theater adaptation of my poetry book A HATFUL OF DRAGONS, to be performed to young audiences in the Charlotte area in March and April of 2023. How exciting is that!
The production will be designed and created entirely by UNC using the poems in my book as the basis. Can't wait to see it!
How delightful that educators are able to find ways to use my book A HATFUL OF DRAGONS in the classroom.
Here are some examples I found on the web:
1. A Hatful of Dragons - Poetry Discussion Questions - Google Slides™ Compatible
From the Website:
"This product includes 44 comprehension, literary instruction, reflection, critical thinking, discussion, and composition prompts on cards for studying the poetry book A Hatful of Dragons written and illustrated by Vikram Madan. This book is a highly engaging and humorous poetry collection that students of all ages will enjoy.
2. A Hatful of Dragons Trivia Questions
From the website:
"Attached are 120 trivia questions and answers broken up by chapter for A Hatful of Dragon by Vikram Madan to be used for book battle, book club, guided reading groups, literature circles, comprehension checks, etc."
If you are looking for ways to bring poetry into the classroom, the above guides might be helpful.
Note: I have no affiliation with the content creators listed here.
Woohoo - My book, A Hatful of Dragons, has been selected for the 2021-2020 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List - one of the most distinguished reading lists for kids across the United States! This is a rare and prestigious honor - only 20 books are selected for this list every year, and kids in Texas in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 are asked to read books from this list 'just for fun' - as a way to promote reading and literacy. Last year over 130,000 kids participated in this reading program! Read more about it here: https://txla.org/news/2021-2022-texas-bluebonnet-award-master-list-released/
“The Texas Bluebonnet list is a prestigious list composed of titles from diverse, imaginative and creative authors. The titles on the list offer students in grades 3-6, quality literature that is both fiction and nonfiction to be read for pleasure,” said Jacqui Bridges-Sheppherd, TBA coordinator. “Titles were chosen that allow the books to act as windows into reality and imaginary worlds while offering a view into someone else’s experiences; and mirrors that reflect a reader’s own life or culture while building their identity. This literature also takes the student’s interests in mind and provides positive reviews for parents, teachers and librarians.”
The City of Renton WA invited me to participate in their 'Dragon Days' celebrations by creating a public art display in a vacant storefront. I decided to highlight some of the dragon art and poems from my book A Hatful of Dragons and created a large sized display 5' high and about 80' long featuring both poetry and art. This video shows it best:
The drawings in my book are pretty small, just a few inches max, so I had to redraw the drawings and then add color. These were then sent to a sign printer and printed out as large size window clings, which I then manually installed for the display. Putting up these clings was harder than it looks - not for the faint hearted!
I will be doing an online book tour via blogs introducing my new book and giving folks a behind-the-scenes peek into the book. I'll add links here as the blog posts go live:
* Suma Subramanian's Mixed-Up Files:
* Jane MacCulloch's DeoWriter Blog
* Matt Forrest's Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme Blog
* Sylvia Vardell's Poetry for Children Blog
* Irene Latham's Live Your Poem Blog
* Sylvia Vardell's Poetry for Children Blog (2nd Appearance)
* Linda Mitchell's A Word Edgewise Blog
* Mrs. Knotts Book Nook
Many thanks to my publisher, Boyds Mills Kane, and to Kerry McManus and Chelsea Abdullah for organizing this tour.