Beyond Boundaries · Essays and tidbits from Nancy Bo Flood

water runs through this book

My love letter to water

July 28, 2015

“Water runs through our bodies, brings food and oxygen to our cells, and allows us to breathe, sweat, stand up and move. Then water cleans up, taking away what pollutes and poisons.” Those words, taken from the introduction to my book, Water Runs Through This Book, express the importance of water, that most precious of…

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Meeting author Sonia Manzano, ‘Maria’ from Sesame Street

July 24, 2015

A shining star session at ILA (International Literacy Association) was Sunday’s review of the Notable Books for a Global Society—for two reasons. One was an especially delightful surprise; the second was a stirring and inspiring description of the twenty-five 2015 Notable Books for a Global Society winners. The surprise speaker was Sonia Manzano and you…

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beach with managaha in lagoon

Welcome to Saipan, birthplace of Warriors

July 14, 2015

I spent seven years living and teaching on an island most of my friends and relatives had never heard of. Have you? Welcome to Saipan.

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Barrel-racing daydream gave birth to Cowboy Up! poetry

July 9, 2015

I was standing next to the fence watching a young girl riding her horse barrel-racing, speeding around the arena, kicking up dirt and smiling from ear to ear. I thought, I want to do that.  I want to be a rodeo-rider… and the first poem in Cowboy Up! came to me, right from that yearning.…

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Cowboy Up! and go for a ride

July 7, 2015

I once raised and rode horses and there is nothing like galloping across a field with the wind in your face and the feel of the horse moving under you. Here are 10 great places and ways to share that feeling.

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Cowboy Up! by Nancy Bo Flood

Nancy Bo Flood: Creating Cowboy Up!

March 4, 2015

Interview by Vicki Palmquist · Bookology Magazine When you conceived of Cowboy Up! was the poetry format a part of your plan? If not, when did that occur? I was standing next to the fence watching a young girl riding her horse barrel-racing, speeding around the arena, kicking up dirt and smiling from ear to…

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Navajo Rodeo Boy by Jan Sonnenmair

World Tour Blog part 2

September 7, 2013

Nancy Bo Flood writes and teaches on the Navajo Reservation where she hikes, rides her bike and attends local rodeos. She is the author of several award-winning books including Navajo Year, Walk Through Many Seasons (Arizona Book of the Year) and Warriors in the Crossfire (Colorado Book of the Year). Recent titles include No-Name Baby…

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SJL award

World Tour Blog

August 27, 2013

Thank you, Karen Lynn Williams, author of many award winning picture books that gently encourage compassion. Karen’s books offer a child’s perspective about what it means to be lose one’s home and as a refugee, live in a strange land and experience rejection and prejudice rather than kindness. Karen and I share a love of…

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Kona Stories and Cowboy Up!

August 18, 2013

I am in Kona, Hawaii (Big Island) at my mom’s and last week enjoyed a delightful morning of “kids and books” sponsored by the local bookstore: Kona Stories. A posse of AAUW volunteers had an amazing variety of activities for children – we read together and then lassoed “folding chair bulls,” threw plastic horseshoes, made…

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kona sunset by Nancy Bo Flood

Good Night Sea

August 18, 2013

Hawaii, Big Island · 2013 August Four swimmers (including me) in black-skinned, neck to toe suits slipped into the inky rolling water. Eight pm. Time to turn on headlights and swim into the sea channel toward the hotel’s ocean lights. The only sounds were the roll of surf, the splash of waves, and the slap…

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Rodeo Girl photo: Jan Sonnenmair

Heart in Nonfiction Books

April 18, 2013

Guest Post by Nancy Bo Flood on Janet Fox’s Through the Wardrobe blog, April 18, 2013 Nancy Bo Flood, a good friend and talented fellow Vermont College of Fine Arts grad, has a new non-fiction picture book out, Cowboy Up! Ride The Navajo Rodeo, with photographs by Jan Sonnenmair. I invited her to come by and talk…

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March 18, 2013

Tucson was a warm, sunshine filled time of crazy Tucson Book Festival and then quiet being with Bill. We slept a lot, ate amazing foods spiced with a variety of chilies, drifted in the hotel pool like a couple of old lizards. We did a bit of exploring too. We drove up to Kitts Peak…

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Writing Friends: Nancy Bo Flood

February 14, 2013

by Karen Williams in her blog, Williams Writes · January 24, 2013 The internet was new (to me anyway). It was 1993…or 4. We had just returned from Haiti. I was working on a quilt to auction off to raise money for Hospital Albert Schweitzer where we had lived and worked for 2 years. I sent out…

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jim thorpe's bright path

American Indian Heritage Month & 20th Century’s Greatest Athlete

November 22, 2012

November is American Indian Heritage Month and at The Pirate Tree we begin our celebration with a look at one of the world’s most outstanding and versatile athletes – Jim Thorpe, Sac & Fox (Sauk). Thorpe’s native name is Wa-Tho-Huk, meaning Bright Path, and indeed Thorpe’s courage has blazed new paths for many.

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Grandma & Archer

Seeing Eyes

October 9, 2012

Today my mom is having cataract surgery. “A simple procedure, out-patient, and takes only an hour or so. Afterwards a few days of patching, frequent drops, no lifting heavy objects. Done. She will be able to see nearly normal again.” But it is not a simple procedure, to see again. When our family was on…

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kona sunset by Nancy Bo Flood

Sunrise and Sunset

June 8, 2012

Driving Mom home at sunset, we stopped the car by the beach. Near the water’s edge sat an old couple. As the red ball of sun began to slip behind the sea, the husband helped his wife stand up, then put an arm around her. And then the sun was gone. Thursday, June 7, 2012…

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Sand to Stone and Back Again by Nancy Bo Flood

Heart, You’ve Got to Have Heart

June 7, 2012

But, you may argue, I am writing a nonfiction nature book…or a fantasy…or picture-book biography. It doesn’t matter. If you want your reader to keep turning the pages and at the end, thumb back through the book, your manuscript must have heart. Emotion. Emotion means connection between information, meaning and the reader. In other words,…

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Alice Coachman

Read a Book with Your Child this Summer

May 18, 2012

Read a book with your child this summer – every day, enjoy book-time! Think about chosing a few picture-book biographies to look at together, no matter how old your child is. Try biographies about people you haven’t heard of or people you know almost nothing about, especially people from other countries, ethnicities or eras than…

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wild things

On Sendak and Wild Things: Readerkidz Remembers a Giant

May 11, 2012

Originally published at Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) Readerkidz Deb Gonzales says: “Years ago, I directed a large summer arts camp for kids ages 3 to 10, the theme of which was “Let the Rumpus Begin!” For the program finale we performed a play based on Where the Wild…

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The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

Sitting Down to Write is Just Plain Hard

April 26, 2012

Writing is fulfilling and soul-feeding – but it’s also just plain hard.  Each time I sit down to write, I feel I am leaping off a cliff only to land in a murky current of self-doubt:  Why do I think I can do this? And why does it take so LONG?! It’s daunting!  The sheer amount of…

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Nancy Bo Flood

Why I Teach

March 23, 2009

Who Are These People?  Who Are These Online Students? “I am leaving the country today and I will not have access to Internet until Wednesday or Thursday of next week.  If I can I will definitely chime in on discussion threads.” I had not heard from this student for over ten days.  His work had…

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Desert Wind, Spring Wind

March 11, 2009

Listen to a performance Desert Wind, Spring Wind by Bo Flood, at Performed by Pablo R., Dana R., Rebecca O., and Jon R. A performance poem in two voices, published in Cricket Magazine, March/April 2009

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Chief Crowfoot

What is Life?

March 10, 2009

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass And loses itself in the sunset. Crowfoot,  Siksika  (Blackfoot)

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Take Joy, A Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft. Jane Yolen

Take Joy

February 18, 2009

Essay 2-09-2009 – Nancy Bo Flood A toddler holds onto the edge of the couch. She looks at you, grins… lets go. Her whole face lights up with joy and satisfaction. Then she frowns, concentrates and ever so carefully reaches out one foot, then the other, hands outstretched, balancing. Take joy. Each step.

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