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If I Ran the School

If I Ran the School

Jenna at Musings from the Middle School made up a great lesson plan for If I Ran the School.  You can download her instructions here!

If I Ran the School is available as an eBook at the following:

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Poetry Olio Videos

Bruce Lansky performed some of his crowd-pleasing poems at this year's Poetry Olio!

Sci-Fi and Scary Interview

Bruce Lansky talks about his poetry and children's fiction books.

Read more at Sci-Fi and Scary here.

Newfangled Fairy Tales



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19th Annual Poetry Olio

2016 Poetry Olio

And don't forget to stop by Bruce Lansky's booth for autographs and fun! 

He'll be at booth #2500 at the International Literacy Association 61th Annual Conference 
July 9-11 at Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.

We hope to see you there!

Most Popular Names of 2015

by Bruce Lansky

Every year the Social Security Administration releases the latest baby name popularity information. Here’s what I think are the most interesting and salient trends from the past year.

  1. The Top 10 Names

Girls: Emma, Olivia, and Sophia maintained their rank order of #1, #2, and #3, as did Mia at #6. Ava, Abigail, Charlotte, and Harper each moved up a notch to #4, #7, #9, and #10. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s “crowning” choice to name their daughter Charlotte last year undoubtedly helped that name’s rise in popularity. Isabella and Emily each fell a notch to #5 and #8. Just like last year, Emily is the only name in the top 10 that ends in an “ee” sound. I expect Emily to quietly slip off the top 10 list in the next year or two.

Boys: The top 6 boys’ names maintained their rank order from last year, as did Alexander at #8. However, the rank order of the remaining three names changed, with James rising two notches to #7, Michael falling two notches to #9, Daniel falling out of the top 10 to #12, and Benjamin entering the list at #10. Notice that five of the top 10 names have biblical roots and five use soft consonants (e.g., Noah and Liam).

  1. The Next Ten Names

Girls: Every name on the next 10 list changed rank. Names that rose two or three positions included Amelia (#15) and Grace (#19). Names that lost two or three positions included Madison (#11), Sofia (#14), and Avery (#16). Notice that of the two names on the next 10 list that end with an “ee” sound (Avery and Chloe), only the one that didn’t feature the letter y rose in rank.

Boys: Two names on this list that had strong gains were Lucas (+3) and Oliver (+13). Notable declines included Daniel (-2) and Jayden (-5). Considering Olivia’s #2 position on the girls’ top 10 list, I wouldn’t be surprised if Oliver moved onto the boys’ top 10 list in the next few years.

  1. The Top 100 Names

Girls: The names that made the biggest gains were Hazel (+42), Aurora (+37), Alexa (+31), Quinn (+29), Mila (+19), Eleanor (+18), Violet (+17), Stella (+15), and Riley (+12). Notice that four of these names end with an “ah” sound and only one ends with an “ee” sound (Riley). The names that took the biggest hits in popularity were Annabelle (-35), Alexis (-21), Arianna (-16), Peyton (-16), Aubree (-16), Hailey (-13), Gabriella (-11), and Anna (-10).

Boys: The names that made the biggest gains were Theodore (+27), Ezra (+26), Lincoln (+21), Mateo (+21), Grayson (+16), Sawyer (+16), Hudson (+15), and Oliver (+13). The names that took the biggest hits in popularity were Ayden (-13), Brandon (-11), Jason (-11), Evan (-9), Tyler (-9), Andrew (-8), Joshua (-8), Jayden (-5), and Kayden (-5). Notice that rhyming names Ayden, Jayden, and Kayden all declined, which suggests they and all their variations are falling out of favor.

  1. The Top 1,000 Names

Girls: The fastest-rising names were Alaia (+2,012), Meilani (+1,836), Aitana (+1,721), Aislinn (+1,385), Taya (+1,107), Adaline (+1,029), Briar (+#597), Zelda (+512), Thea (+312), and Addilyn (+208). The fastest-falling names were Annabell (-500), Anabel (-500), Cindy (-343), Anabella (-333), Aranza (-324), Anabelle (-272), Elsa (-201), Annabel (-174), and Annabella (-139).Note that many variations of Annabelle—a name currently in the top 100 but whose rank change was -35—lost favor. Also of note is a name that fell off the top 1,000 list: Isis. In Egyptian mythology, Isis is the goddess of love and fertility. In 2014 the name ranked #705. Now the name brings to mind ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which likely explains why the name’s popularity has plummeted.

Boys: The fastest-rising names were Riaan (+1,360), Huxley (+392), Wilder (+360), Canaan (+271), Kaison (+251), Omari (+198), Matteo (+182), Kyrie (+172), Killian (+163), Adriel (+148), Legend (+144), and Beckham (+129). The fastest-falling names were Arnav (-666), Jayse (-257), Neymar (-240), Rylee (-228), Brenden (-187), Gannon (-120), Jase (-77), Jayceon (-63), Peyton (-50), and Jonathon (-41). Knowing that Jason was losing popularity on the top 100 list, I wasn’t surprised to see that less popular variations of that name also lost favor.

For Bruce's latest musings on names and naming check out his blog, Baby Names in the News.

100,000+ Baby Names is available now.

Are nicknames going extinct?

100,000+ Baby Names

Bruce spoke to the Chicago Tribune about his thoughts on the decline of nicknames.

"Why do nicknames like 'Shorty' seem to be going extinct?"

For Bruce's latest musings on names and naming check out his blog, Baby Names in the News.

100,000+ Baby Names is available now.

My Puppy Loves Flowers

My puppy’s in the garden.
He loves to smell the flowers.
To help them grow my puppy always
sprinkles them with showers.

© Bruce Lansky with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press

Woodbury Bulletin


Authors in Schools

Nationally recognized poet Bruce Lansky makes visits to Woodbury

For more information on inviting Bruce to your school, please visit www.AuthorsinSchools.com.

Beyond the "New Norm"

Literacy TodayBruce's poem "Yankee Doodle" and GigglePoetry.com were mentioned in "Beyond the New Norm": The benefits to reading more than informational texts by Timothy V. Rasinski, William H. Rupley, and David Paige in this month's Literacy Today.

Learn how to write your own "Yankee Doodle" poem at GigglePoetry.com and you can read the whole article on Researchgate.net.

Ascension School Visit

My Enchanted Evening at Ascension Catholic School I arrived at Ascension Catholic School an hour early (because I had...

Posted by Bruce Lansky on Monday, November 16, 2015

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