It’s important to catch a smile when you can.
When you have a moment, what are your go-to smiles?
Good luck, wishes for healthy days and nights.
To sooth your Poetry Friday questions, it’s off to No Water River for you!
It’s important to catch a smile when you can.
When you have a moment, what are your go-to smiles?
Good luck, wishes for healthy days and nights.
To sooth your Poetry Friday questions, it’s off to No Water River for you!
POETRY FRIDAY’s annual Progressive Poem is here at Bookseedstudio this very
Thursday, of April, Day Twenty-Tive. (With great thanks to the Live Your Poem! godmother.)
If you are new to the game, progressive in the title means that each day by day, progressively, one poet after another, adds a line. It’s like one of those neighborhood feasts where appetizers are at the Apple Family, walk over to salads from the Spinach folks, the Main course is with the Macaroni Family (we wish!), Fruit is on offer by the fun Fig couple & a Sweet is served by the Sherbet Sisters.
Today’s new line is
You’re simply the best
. . . .After holding myself back from reading any of the lovely lines leading up to today’s Day 25 until this morn, I discover that we are working with found lines! And not just any sources. I expect a festival of great blog reading between now & this Sunday to learn how each creative person grabbed their line … from lyrics! Does
You’re simply the best
fit? With great joy for so much musicality – this line dance is ready for your groove:
Endless summer; I can see for miles…
Fun, fun, fun – and the whole world smiles.
No time for school- just time to play,
we swim the laughin’ sea each and every day.
You had only to rise, lean from your window,
the curtain opens on a portrait of today.
Kodachrome greens, dazzling blue,
it’s the chance of a lifetime,
make it last forever–ready? Set? Let’s Go!
Come, we’ll take a walk, the sun is shining down
Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes
Tomorrow’s here. It’s called today.
Gonna get me a piece o’ the sky.
I wanna fly like an eagle, to the sea
and there’s a tiger in my veins Oh,
won’t you come with me waltzing the waves, diving the deep?
It’s not easy to know
less than one minute old
we’re closer now than light years to go
To the land where the honey runs
…we can be anyone we want to be…
There’s no stopping curiosity.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing
Looking for a sign of life
You’re simply the best
. . . .
(which is how I feel about all you line-leaders & line-a-day readers!)
AND SO like a springtime jigsaw puzzle that awaits just a few pieces, I hand this baton to
April 26 Linda @Write Time
April 27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro
April 28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass
April 29 Irene, the Closer @Live Your Poem
Here are line sources, taken from Wednesday’s fun blog by Tabatha, with thanks:
L1 The Who, ‘I Can See for Miles’ / The Beach Boys, ‘Endless Summer’
L2 The Beach Boys, ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ / Dean Martin, ‘When You’re Smiling’
L3 The Jamies, ‘Summertime, Summertime’
L4 The Doors ‘Summer’s Almost Gone’/ Led Zeppelin ‘Good Times, Bad Times’
L5 Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine “You had only to rise, lean from your window,”
L6 Joni Mitchell, “Chelsea Morning”
L7 Paul Simon, “Kodachrome,” “Dazzling Blue”
L8 Dan Fogelberg, “Run for the Roses”
L9 Spice Girls, “Wannabe”/ Will Smith, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”
L10 The Beatles, “Good Day Sunshine”
L11 The Carpenters, “Top of the World”
L12 Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Underneath the Lovely London Sky” from Mary Poppins Returns
L13 Carol King, “Hi-de-ho (That Old Sweet Roll)”
L14 Steve Miller, “Fly Like An Eagle”
L15 Don Felder, “Wild Life”
L16 Nowleen Leeroy, “Song of the Sea ” (lullaby)
L17 Sara Bareilles, “She Used to Be Mine” from WAITRESS
L18 Stevie Wonder, “Isn’t She Lovely”
L19 R.E.M, “Find the River”
L20 Carole King, “Way Over Yonder”
L21 Mint Juleps, “Groovin” by The Young Rascals
L22 Jack Johnson, “Upside Down”
L23 Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson), “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie
L24 The Foo Fighters, “Learning to Fly”
L25 Tina Turner, “The Best”
BUT BEFORE you leave me today, I prepared a few things. Or come back later?
Last weekend when I realized that my Family’s Easter Weekend joy overlapped with many of my dear Friend’s Passover commemorations, I pulled out two favorite books for young readers about Anne Frank, always remembering that she was not passed over.
A History for Today, Anne Frank from the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam
The Life of Anne Frank by Menno Metesellar and Rudd Van Der Rol
Of the many inspirations that the young author left for the World , here is just one
“I can shake off
as I write
my sorrows disappear
my courage is reborn.”
I am also reading
Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford, actually a re-read for me, of this poignant poem in book form.
Thurgood Marshall, American Revolutionary, the bio by Juan Williams, which has insights about emotions & ideas in the justice’s child days, including passionate political dinner table discussions led by Willie Marshall, Father, who fed his family, in those times, working as a sleeping-car train porter.
Acts of Light, poems from Emily Dickinson, illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert
I just finished (& so did my husband, double pleasure when we read a book one just after the other) The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman. This novel of India is a game-changer. In it we dwell in the world of extreme privation of children, beginning with abuse by a violent father and continuing to life on mean streets- but we can’t help feeling how events unfold in an underlying, uplifting way. I cried a little & I think sensitive middle and high school students will have a tear, too. Followed by vigorous good discussion guided by their teaching librarian or classroom teacher. The four child characters in this page-turner of a story show us their creativity, humanity & humor. Yes!
I fell in love with each of the two girls and two boys who created this experience, which the author bases on extensive knowledge – her own, told in a fascinating author’s note which made me fall in love with Padma’s Mother. As someone who has been transported by all Padma’s novels, I know her trademark practice, in bringing on board informed beta readers, is instructive & to be followed. This is a book for all and of special interest to the disability community and of special interest in the domestic violence community.
(For those with an interest in the indigenous community you will be enriched with this author’s Adamans Island novel, Island’s End.)
ALSO in the tap tap tap of writing news – a word about poem projects. The young readers project continues along well on a WWII history topic theme very close to my heart. And when I rest that story in verse for an afternoon or a day, I look into the paused verse novel from pre-Civil War days, about an impoverished, white, abolition family. Plus, in this surge of spring, maybe one day a week, I work on other poems on a theme – 54 of them, so far. (none of this poem-ness could occur without having found a nurturing, poetry community, especially Poetry Friday nor without the Highlights Foundation verse novel workshop. The newest poem project flows from my fascination with a unique peninsula that is lapped by both the Atlantic Ocean & the Gulf of Mexico.
And so this little ditty buzzed in, after a recent walk at our non-beachy & clean-water coast…
with appreciations to Emily Dickinson
caught you on your shopping spree
you flounce along salty store I roam
whilst thistles tower in marsh loam
seems like just yesterday
you were last year’s memory
pink-purpled spring spikes signal
that social insect whistle – hear!
buzz buzz coming in for a landing
glad to snap you, m’Dear
LASTLY This may not be the only place you’ve admired a lively National Poetry Month Post Card, but I am tickled to share this, courtesy of artist Robert Mensan and his poet fan, Irene Latham, who has all the month’s line leaders listed at her site.
Whee! Here We Go!
Just the sort of thing I would sing after –
a holiday weekend traffic jam is unstuck, OR
we set out on a loooong beach walk that doesn’t end until land ends, OR
my verse novel clocks in at halfway home.
I can now say I’ve experienced these three.
So this post celebrates a gift that Bookseedstudio
received aways back, awarded for my correctly
guessing the number of dactyls jammed into in a jelly jar
or somesuch feat over at Today’s Little Ditty,
which is also known by me as
Today’s Little Delight.
My prize is to finally pop the cork on my
pretty copy of the
anthology HERE WE GO, created by poetry mavens
Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.
My particular sample of the book is graced with
autographs from poem makers Robyn Hood Black and
Michelle Heidenrich Barnes. Alongside them, between
World art covers from Franzi Draws, are
Naomi Shihab Nye, Joseph Bruchac,
David Harrison and Renee LaTulippe, among a buncha
poet luminaries whose work I
like to fetch off the shelf for fuel.
Because of this book
I am also now a fan of artist Franzi. Go look
HERE WE GO, lifts up ideas on every
page of the slim volume,
which is also a workbook. But I especially
want to share just a coupla lines from two poems.
I saved lions
some endangered species
using every strong, skillful word
Look for the Helpers
Look for the helpers
The main character I’m moving through
life in my 1800s-set story,
is in the business of
saving, similar to the character
in “Girl Grit.”
And she is also looking for the
of “Look for the Helpers.”
The full poems are in the book. If your students or you are about saving
and helping, remember to crack open your
copy if you have one, or find a sample for your
table. Lucky you, if you nailed a coupla autographs!
Inspired by J. Patrick Lewis, who created a poetry
form called Careerhyme, I offer, “ELF.”
ELF: A sprite, an industrious assister;
A rare visitor; A child charmer,
Who delivers wishes come true;
A needed part of Holiday frivolity.
I wish one, or a bunch, for you.
– c. Jan Godown Annino
Appreciations not only to JPL, but also to his
colleague David L. Harrison, for his generous blog,
which shares writing prompts + much more.
Do you love Christmas books as much as I do?
This year, the first book I’m reading is the volume of
Father Christmas letters of J.R. R. Tolkein to his children.
Then I will nest in the rest.
I hope your nest is your best!
(first- a deertale – follow the blue words for POETRY FRIDAY.)
My heart is wrapped in appreciations.
& I want to share a few of them.
I have seen the eyes-wide
open photographs of Ian, a bursting-new babe in my
Circle of Love world.
I wake up every morning & am fortunate to see
the smiling face of my handsome husband.
And, this is indulgent, forgive me, but I see
good news for my work.
So I am thinking – THANKU
As you may guess from the inventive name,
a Thanku is a form of Haiku.
So, a 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables construct is the guide.
An appreciation is given. Like that – a ThankU.
So if you have time to read now, or later, I’m sharing
three. All c. Jan Godown Annino. And ThankU, for visiting
Stretchy legs feel air
Wide eyes seek out shapes of love
Toes say “nibble me”
Morning wake-up call
Wrinkled faces meet at lips
Doesn’t feel routine
ThankU, Book notes
is the finest kind
Regarding the last ThankU, recent developments
related to a book of mine published back in 2010
are quite fine.
BETTY MAE TIGER JUMPER, first news
In 2016 the trail-blazing BETTY MAE TIGER JUMPER (1923-2001),
the subject of SHE SANG PROMISE, will be celebrated alongside other
great women of achievement. The National Women’s History Project will honor Betty Mae Tiger Jumper’s historic leadership of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
BETTY MAE TIGER JUMPER, 2nd news
This fall, Betty Mae Tiger Jumper was honored by the Library of
Congress when that same title was featured at the LOC
National Book Festival, as one of 52 Great Reads for Young Readers.
(see poster, below)
Also, Scholastic has brought out SHE SANG PROMISE in a lovely paperbound edition. It’s on sale at a nifty price right now at the Scholastic Teacher Store.
Some of the opening lines in SHE SANG PROMISE are –
Think of the gigantic glades near the end of land
A mama alligator floats babies on her back
And itchy black bear takes a palm tree scratch
Leaving soft fur tufts that swamp mice fetch
© Jan Godown Annino
My November cornucopia is ripe, sweet, spilling.
I am thankful to all helping along this book’s path, especially
the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum & Store (where She Sang Promise is sold online),
the family of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, notably Moses Jumper, Jr. the artist
Lisa Desimini, the editors, especially Jennifer Emmett.
Hello – Poetry Friday is hosted by the creative Diane Mayr –
photographer to the woodchuck kingdom – at
(And, in truth, she is a whole lot more.)
Out of the goodness of her heart, an artist of moody
coastal shacks and lush palmetto thickets invited
strangers to her easel. Her lessons benefited an art program
for public school students in an historic Florida oyster village
where a water use war over the Apalachicola River may end up
at the U.S. Supreme Court.
She scraped off her palette – Cynthia Edmonds uses glass,
because it’s easier to clean. She shared her color choices of the
day and showed off the canvas possibilities that recent Sunday
of the cerulean blue sky. Such fun I had, to stand next to this
ultratalented & fascinating artist & pick up a brush &
push around real oil paints.
So this day of play rewarded me many times over. My hubby & I enjoyed more of this slice of Florida Panhandle coast, which I’ve visited since 1980 (and where my novel in progress is set.) At home, I pulled down
my books that blend art and literature. I re-read a longtime favorite,
EXCHANGING HATS (1971 edition, William Benton)
The subject, poet Elisabeth Bishop, lived for awhile in Key West.
And she painted there.
you tube book synopsis
But today for Poetry Friday, the volume I’m sharing some lines from, is compiled by award-winning art topic author Jan Greenberg. HEART TO HEART, New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art pairs works by O’Keefe, Calder, Benton, Avery & others with works by poets.
Have you written pantoums? What was your path into them?
Last month I was challenged by J. Patrick Lewis to write in more forms that I usually attempt. So I’ve selected the repeated-line pantoum poem form.
(I am not special – he suggested that of everyone reading his article on a specific day as presented by Angie Karcher, my Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators colleague.
I’m reading more pantoums than I have ever before, piled on my plate due to the urging on to stretch, from Mr. JPL.
One that blinks at me is from a poet whose book FOLD ME A POEM, I find such fun to share with K & 1st graders through BookPALS.
But the pantoum is not in the lovely FOLD picture book from poet Kristine O’Connell George & beautifully illustrated by Lauren Stringer.
Kristine O’Connell George selected an intriguing print by
Kiki Smith, Untitled (Fluttering Eyes) 1990 to use as catalyst for her poem.
Pantoum for These Eyes
by Kristine O’Connell George
Let yourself slide under their spell –
these eyes have something to say.
Write the stories these eye tell,
look deeply, don’t look away.
These eyes have something to say
Come, come meet these eyes.
Look deeply, don’t look away,
find their truth, discover their lies.
© Kristine O’Connell George
This shivers me. For the impact of the complete poem and print together, please find the book, HEART TO HEART.
The form is perfect for the eyes in the KiKi Smith print (if I find a link to an
image online will come back & post later. But I didn’t see it & that included looking at her representative, Barbara Krakow Gallery.) There are four sets of the eyes. The poems’ repetition is as hypnotic as the eyes. How could there ever be an equal pantoum?
So now I have a way to conjure a topic for a pantoum. When an art image speaks to me, it may be my pantoum catalyst. I would like to be well along working on this JPL pantoum challenge by the end of the year. Have you written a pantoum? What inspired it? Are you still writing them?
And I hope your path takes you listening & looking,
down Apalachicola way some day.
So much to ponder this glorious day. But before pondering,
Poetry Friday today is hosted by
my pal with the perfect name,
haiku wrangler Robyn Hood Black, at her blog, Life on the Deckle Edge.
Days of Remembrance.
The White Rose resistance of teens against Hitler is on my mind
these days of Remembrance April 16-19.
And I have no book of poems for younger students on The Holocaust
to recommend. (Later in the post the poems from Terezin are mentioned.)
Bully Poems for the youngest?
An illustrated collection of poems about bullies, for the youngest
readers could be a start, if anyone knows such a collection. If not,
perhaps Poetry Friday should originate one. I would imagine subjects
of the poems would be bully-animals in the wild or at home,
top-cat, top-dog pets who scratch and bite the other family feline &
canine members. Perhaps.
Our bully is Ginger, who will not tolerate any other animals.
When the puppy visited
by Jan Godown Annino
Old Ginger cat arches at the door
stares down the
him back out the door
I hope any educator researching for their classroom can
look at award-winning former teacher Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s
HITLER’S YOUTH. This non-fiction 170-page photo-illustrated reference
not only documents what you would expect from the title, but also those
brave German non-Jewish teens who paid with their lives, by creating an underground in Hamburg and other locations.
Artwork & poems of the children and young people
held in the Czech concentration camp
called Terezin are presented with important contextual essays of the
history of the enclave in I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY. It is for
teachers and older students and very ably illuminated at this school site.
It’s National Library Week.
I was able to hug not one, not two, but three favorite librarians recently
at the WordofSouth celebration of books and music. Where, I am proud to say
our StoryFort’s offerings including the sharing of student art submitted to our
regional Holocaust Resource Education Council.My hubby & I attended
other gre8t events, which I will cover here on another day.
Appreciate your family, your friends & your one & only life, this day & every day.
April joy to readers, writers & everyone in between. It is poetry month!
I expect to ring-a-ding the poem gong here & sprinkle morsels of poem
nourishment through some of the days.
Roz Chast poster
Roz Chast Poster
First up, I suggest that you gaze at the National Poetry Month Poster
by our World’s one-and-only Roz Chast, including an interpretation of her clever thoughts in
a most unusual poetry medium over at Jama’s Alphabet Soup,
the tastiest poetry blog I’ve ever munched upon.
This is the National Poetry Month Poster, but not in the unusual medium. Go see Jama’s Alphabet Soup – scroll past this
© Roz Chast/ 2015 National Poetry Month Poster
And to keep my NPM days straight, I’ll be returning to this flavorful
round up of Poetry Friday writers who expect to measure their month in dayspoons of poetry, this menu also by the same, Jama.
Back at the oak branch
Here in North Florida, I let the teensy wild violet blooms that unfurled under the giant
matriarch live oak tree fade into ground without tasting one. I counted 12 scattered plants at the purplest
of petal times & I wanted to always see their color in the yard so I didn’t nibble. Next year…
The wild violet plants still give us growing, apple green, funneled leaves where the tender blossoms were just a week ago, the two Myer Lemon trees bubbled out with tight buds that are bursting every day into fragrant splayed petal blossoms & I saw a honeybee feeding on them this week, & the anemic purple wisteria inched out some promising mini-grape like clusters. All of this springness adds to the allure of April & the poetry partee.
In Dog Time
Today I’m sharing opening lines from my poetry colleague Christine Poreba’s, fun poem, King of the Dance.
It is published in the UK along with two other of her poems of sweet canine lines, in Manchester Metropolitan University’s collection, LET IN THE STARS.
from King of the Dance by Christine Poreba
“My dog is King of the Dance –
the whirl, wiggle, leap
the shake and the prance.
First a wag of his tail,
then a wag of his self,
his whole body goes wag,
like a windy-day flag.”
© Christine Poreba
Christine is an award-winning poet, a magician to those for whom English is a second language, gently helping them through the maze of perfect past tense and subjunctive whatevers & very busy with her young family, who are each of them, quite talented. I am fortunate to have her as a beta commenter on some of my fledgling poetry. Although I am a cat person and she is poetically and in practice, a devoted dog person, we are in pawfect harmony at our poetry get-togethers. I lead you to Christine’s lovely site.
p.s. the lines above are even more fun with Christine’s original formatting, which I can’t wrestle right. Must need a juicy bone!
Now – the prize of this post is that April 1 is also the release day for my dear pal Adrian Fogelin’s newest novel, SOME KIND OF MAGIC. It is some kind of wonderful & I said so over where there is a contest to win it open all April – so try pleze try your luck!
A last course – a rolling tea cart tally of National Poetry Month pleasures I savor to be added now & again, insitgated by ANGIE KARCHER’s month of reading.
W/Picture Book – SWAMP SONG by Helen Ketterman, illustrated by Ponder Goembel
Poems by Christine Poreba, “How to Wake Up in Dog,” “King of the Dance,” & “Itch” published in LET IN THE STARS/ Manchester Metroplitan University/UK
TH/Picture Book – ALL BY HERSELF, by Ann Paul, illustrated by Michael Seirnagle
Poems by Ann Paul, including “Golda Mabovitch”
* F/Picture Book – THE BED BOOK, by Sylvia Plath
Poem by Janet Wong, “Coin Drive,” in POETRY ALOUD HERE! / Sylvia Vardell
SA/ Picture Book – ONE MORE SHEEP by Mij Kelly and Russell Ayto
Poem by Douglas Florian, “A Poem Can Sing,” in POETRY ALOUD HERE!/ Sylvia Vardell
SUN/ Picture Book – TERRIBLE TERESA and OTHER VERY SHORT STORIES by Mittie Cuetara
poem by Jane Yolen, “A Poem Is,” in I AM THE BOOK, poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Yikes! Adding 2 weeks in today (April 28th & I’ll be back with more, later)
M/*Picture Book Reading – MEET DANITRA BROWN, by Nikki Grimes
Poem by Lee Bennett Hopkins, “Poetry Time,” in I AM THE BOOK, poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
TU/Picture Book Reading – LLAMA LLAMA TIME TO SHARE by Anna Dewdney, author & illustrator
poems by Lois Ehlert including, “Mosquito,” in Oodles of Animals
WED/Picture Book Reading – MY TRUCK IS STUCK by Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk
poem by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, “What Was That?” in I AM THE BOOK, poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
TH/ Picture Book Reading- BUBBLE GUM, BUBBLE GUM by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith
poems by Dinah Johnson, including “Sonia,” in SITTING PRETTY, A Celebration of Black Dolls, illustrated by photographer Myles C. Pinkney.
F/Picture Book Reading – THE BIG GREAT GREEN by Peggy Gifford, illustrated by Lisa Desimini
poem by Naomi Shihab Nye, “Who’s Rich?” in I AM THE BOOK, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins
SAT/ Picture Book Reading- THE PET PROJECT, by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Zacariah OHora
poem by Karla Kushkin, “Wonder Through the Pages,” in I AM THE BOOK, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins
SUN/Picture Book Reading- SAY WHAT? by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Joey Chou
poem by Alice Schertle, “Violet’s Hiking Hat” in BUTTON UP , Wrinkled Rhymes by Alice Schertle, pictures by Petra Mathers
M/ Picture Book Reading –DOG GONE! Leeza Hernandez
Poem by X.J. Kennedy “How to Stay Up Late, “ in POETRY SPEAKS TO Children, edirws by Elise Pachen
TU Picture Book Reading –HOT ROD HAMSTER by Lynthia Lord, illustrated by Derek Anderson**
Poem by Nikki Giovanni, “Knoxville, Tennessee” in POETRY SPEAKS TO CHILDREN
WED Picture Book Reading –THE JAZZ FLY by Matthew Gollub, illustrated by Karen Hanke
Poem by Kristine O’Connell George, “Snake” in FOLD ME A POEM**, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
TH/ Picture Book reading TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DAY TODAY, by Mem Fox, illustrated by Lauren Stringer***
Poem by Tony Johnston, “Sunset” in I’M GONNA TELL MAMA I WANT AN IGUANA, illustrated by Lillian Hoban
F / Picture Book Reading – SEADOGS by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Mark Siegel
Poem by Langston Hughes, “Drums” in LANGSTON HUGHES, Poetry for Young People
SAT / Picture Book Reading OODLES of ANIMALS, Lois Ehlert, author & illustrator
Poem by Arnold Adoff, “Spring Saturday Morning” in TOUCH THE POEM, illustrated by Lisa Desimini**
SUN/ DINOSAUR ROAR! by Paul & Henrietta Strickland
Poem by J. Patrick Lewis, untitled kitchen mouse poem in GOOD MOUSEKEEPING, illustrated by
If you are looking to visit the site this reading & notetaking stems from please visit ANGIE KARCHER
Mon – Picture Book reading – THE SNOWFLAKE SISTERS by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Lisa Desimini
poem “On an August Day” by Lee Bennett Hopkins in THE SEA IS CALLING ME, selected by L.B. Hopkins/ illustrated by Walter Gaffney-Kessel.
Tues – P.B. – NOT ALL PRINCESSES DRESS in PINK by Jane Yolen & Heidi E.Y. Stemple
poem “Book Protection” anonymous, in I SAW ESAU, The Schoolchild’s Pocket Book, edited by IonMA., with pictures by Bruce Degen
poem “The Mosquito’s Song” by Peggy B. Leavitt in DIRTY LAUNDRY PILE, selected by Paul B. Janeczko & illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Thurs PETITE ROUGE, A Cajun Red Riding Hood by Mike Artell illustrated by Jim Harris
poem “Jellyfish” by Valerie Worth in ANIMAL POEMS, illustrated by Steve Jenkins
Friday MARSUPIAL SUE by John Lithgow, illusrated by Jack E Davis
poem “The Coyote” by Douglas Florian in MAMMALABILIA poems & paintings by Douglas Florian
Sat MADELEINE by Ludwig Bemelmans
poem “A-Camping We Will Go,” by Kelly DiPucchio in SIPPING SPIDERS THROUGH A STRAW, Campfire Songs for Monsters with pictures by Gris Grimly
Sun BRAVE POTATOES by Toby Speed, illustrated by Barry Root
poem “Ink Drinkers” by Andrea Perry in THE SNACK SMASHER, illustrated by Alan Snow
Mon LLAMA LLAMA MISSES MAMMA by Anna Dewdney
poem “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop (it’s a villanelle) reprinted in an excellent MG/YA collection – POETRY SPEAKS WHO I AM edited by Elise Paschen
poem “Fossils” by Jack Prelutsky in THE CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS (Camille Saint-Saens’s music) illustrated by Mary GrandPre
poem “Those Crazy Crows” by Margaret Wise Brown in NIBBLE NIBBLE illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
It’s hard to scratch the surface on the ferny forest of tree titles available to young readers that celebrate that most woody of Hobbit-land evoking entities.
But, as someone who leafed through her chapter book pages in a dogwood tree during aboreal child days, I’ve liked planting this list. Climb a favorite branch, if you’re in a temperate climate, & take a peek.
NUTS TO YOU text & art by Lois Ehlert
THE BUSY TREE text by Jennifer Ward, artwork by Lisa Falkenstern
CHERRY TREE text by Ruskin Bond & artwork from Allan Eitzen
PLANTING THE TREES OF KENYA – text & artwork by Claire A. Nivola
POETREES poems & artwork by Douglas Florian
THE GREAT KAPOK TREE text & artwork by Lynne Cherry
THE CURIOUS GARDEN text & artwork by Peter Brown
THE MONEY TREE text by Sarah Stewart & artwork by David Small
STUCK text & artwork by Oliver Jeffers
TREE-RING CIRCUS, text & artwork by Adam Rex
WE PLANTED a TREE text by Diane Muldrow & artwork by Bob Staake
WELCOME TO THE GREEN HOUSE text by Jane Yolen & artwork by Laura Reagan
CELEBRITREES text & by Margi Preus & artwork by Rebecca Gibbon
THIS IS THE TREE text by Miriam Moss & artwork by Adrienne Kennaway
THE OAK INSIDE THE ACORN text by Max Lucado & artwork by George Angelini
THE KISSING HAND text by Audrey Penn & artwork by Ruth Harper/Nancy Leak (because of where Chester ends up….)
LINNEA IN MONET’S GARDEN – text by Christina Bjork, artwork by Lena Anderson
After experiencing the good fortune of spending time under and around the ethereal Lichgate Oak at this event, I visited trees in lesser-known books where trees are central to the story, or are characters, for young readers.
Some picture books listed are favorites I returned to & others are new to me & perhaps to you. I hope you’ve enjoyed this no -particular -order offering.
Imaginary acorns to those who add a title/comment.
This article is part of Bookseedstudio’s Tuesday Trees, where Jan roots for the proliferation and longevity of our saplings and also for their mature elders, even if they aren’t alders. It is inspired by our community-wide project to celebrate arbors.
For more on the lovely fishing net tree at the top of this column, please see this previous Bookseedstudio column.
Anyone in Florida or other coastal spaces, or inlanders yearning to return to summer beaches, may enjoy lending their ears to the punny poems by gifted artist & creative, Shel Silverstein, in Underwater Land.
“He sole it to a loan shark” & other silliness stirs the sand.
I’m feeling creative in notebooks & at the keyboard. A few words from Shel about that:
“Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.”
And with Labor Day fresh in mind & thinking of freedom, I consider how the poet’s absurd lines create calls for censorship, from a librarian’s post on YouTube.
If you are here via the good graces of splendid POETRY FRIDAY, or even if you are not, please visit this week’s talented host LAURA PURDIE SALAS, for her post & also, for links to others posting.
If you are new to Poetry Friday, when you comment at her blog, pls. tell her Bookseedstudio sent you.
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