As some of you may know, my poetry book The Everglades was launched into the wild last week. I’m posting early because it’s March break.
To celebrate, let’s have some cake. (Of course I made it ;))
(Okay someone called Courtney made it nowhere near my house :()
There are some lovely animals in The Everglades and some scary ones. Here’s a few who crop up in the book:
And here’s a poem from the book:
If you would like to be entered into a draw to win a paperback copy, just comment below. And please share!!! Thank you! I’ll announce the winner next Monday.
Err.. p.s. I’m going to do a book reading on YouTube when it arrives so you can see the whole thing and I will be really embarrassed
Poet Ed DeCaria of ThinkKidThink.com is in his third year of organising March Madness Poetry Tournament. Authletes as he calls them square up against each other in the poetry ring with words they are given and have to write a poem using their word. Some words are harder than others depending on which seed you have been given.
This year Ed has got at least 1000 kids involved to help vote for their favorite poems. The general public are also invited to vote over at http://thinkkidthink.com for their favorites and separately the authletes will vote for each other.
The reason it is called March Madness is mainly because Ed loves basketball. He even used their Selection Sunday to select which poets would be in the competition. Isn’t that cool? So please factor in some poem reading time. Voting opens on the 19th. Here is the schedule of events. THANKS, Ed!
This turned out to be a bit of a Picasso with the eyes and the joker with the smile Sort of practising going a bit caricature with it too. I smudged some black pastel onto the white teeth and ruined them so I took the picture to CorelDraw and put in nice white teeth
It’s March Break next week folks, so I shall be spending it with my family, hopefully doing some fun stuff. I will pop up with a special post on Monday with a giveaway for my new poetry book The Everglades If you would like a digital review copy, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers! Have a great week.
Mary Lee Hahn is one of my favorite poets. I had the pleasure of reading a lot of her poems at MoP two years running. She really takes my breath away with her words.
Mary Lee blogs at A Year of Reading, with Franki. She is a fifth-grade teacher and has poems published in both Poetry Friday anthologies and Reconsidering Read-Aloud.
Check out this awesome Little Red Riding Hoodku over on Michelle Barnes’s blog.
Tweet with Mary Lee here.
The lovely and hugely talented August McLaughlin is hosting another Beauty of a Woman blogfest. I really didn’t know what to write about but I just happen to have my latest sketch done of a beautiful and talented lady so let’s celebrate the beauty of a woman with Kat Apel.
Kat writes beautiful poetry and she used to convene the PBLitChat on Twitter for Picture Book writers. She co-ordinates Month of Poetry in January where we all endeavour to write a poem a day. Kat inspires us with pictures and new forms to try. She is always encouraging us to spread our wings. Thank you, Kat!
She has a super picture book out called This is the Mud, a fun rhyming story about pulling together and doing your best to help others.
Kat has a young readers verse novel, Bully on the Bus coming out later this year, congrats to Kat and she is also working on a YA verse novel too.
Tweet with Kat here.
Kat has had a lot of floods in her area of Australia and battled through those times, helping out and staying strong. The embodiment of a strong woman. Go, Kat!
One of the forms Kat introduced us to this year was a trimeric. Here is a neat school one by Kat.
Thank you August for this wonderful celebration of women. Here’s to you too!
Congrats to the Canadian hockey team. What a great game!
My son also had a great game yesterday even though they lost. There must be something in the air.
Or the armpit.
My son loves a good tickle session and he has developed this simple play time into a sophisticated game where you can only tickle when arms are raised. He calls the intense tickle spot i.e. armpit the Open Tickle Department.
And as such it deserves its own poem.
Some tickles make you sing
Some tickles make you giggle
but the worst tickle of all
makes you squeal and squirm;
so never ever tell
the tickler about the
open tickle department.
Closed for business and tickleless for the foreseeable tickle.
Catherine Johnson, 2014.
It’s raining here so there might be a few animals doing what Farley is doing in this fun picture book. Sandy doesn’t even go in her shed, the little monkey.
Farley Found It! written and illustrated by Bruce Van Patter.
Suitable for: everyone!
Themes/Topics: sharing, acceptance, tolerance, friendship, humor.
Farley loved his meadow when the dandelions glowed in the sunshine.
Farley the sheep hates sleeping outdoors and pinches Edna’s house. Edna keeps hiding it but guess what?
Too funny indeed and the lush colours in this are wicked! I love the lime and the green. This is a classic must-read pb.
Make a dog house out of a box and watch your sister pinch it then hide it again and so on
See more awesome picture books at Susanna’s library of picture books. Have a great weekend!