Progressive Poem 2020

I’m happy to be participating in the Progressive Poem again this year. The Progressive Poem is an April tradition, started by Irene Latham and continued this year by Margaret Simon. Each poet adds a line as the poem builds and travels from blog to blog. This year’s poem has turned into a choose-your-own adventure, with […]

Goose Talk

Happy Poetry Friday! How are you celebrating National Poetry Month? I intended to participate in Laura Shovan’s Water Poem Project this month. I have not written a poem for every prompt, but I figured I should at least write something for the prompt I offered. And there’s still time to respond to those I missed. […]

It’s spring!

There’s a gentle rain tonight as I write, and the peepers are singing. When I walked outside earlier this evening it felt oh-so normal, in spite of the anxiety that is now a part of our daily life. I’m lucky to live in a rural place where I can walk every day without worrying about […]

Snow-Melting Thanks

Thank you, Poetry Friday friends for helping me celebrate the launch of my new book On a Snow-Melting Day this month! Many of you wrote reviews and shared blog posts, which I greatly appreciated. Thanks to Molly, Margaret, Carol, Linda, Mary Lee and Jama–click on their names if you’d like to read their posts. And […]

Grateful for You!

Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful for the support and encouragement that abounds in the kidlit community, and especially among children’s poets. One of the blogs that exemplifies community support is Today’s Little Ditty, where Michelle Heidenrich Barnes has created a place for poets to play, learn, and grow. Each month a guest writer or editor […]

Scaredy Cat

This month’s challenge at Today’s Little Ditty is a monstrous one. Rebecca Herzog asked us to consider another viewpoint. “Most everyone is afraid of monsters. But what are monsters most afraid of?” Here’s my very-recently written (aka Friday afternoon) answer: Scaredy Cat She’s buried in her human’s tomb,stuffed with sand, wrapped in gloom.With leathery skin […]

Pumpkins and Bones!

There’s a frost forecast for Michigan tonight. I picked the last green tomatoes this afternoon and admired the trees’ new cloaks of red, yellow, and orange. The weather has taken a decidedly fall turn, and I’ve got a couple of new seasonal picture books to share (thanks to Candlewick Press for the review copies!) Patricia […]

Honoring Lee

The world of children’s poetry lost a legend a couple of weeks ago. Lee Bennett Hopkins, author of 120 books and anthologies, poet extraordinaire, and champion of children’s poetry and children’s poets, passed away on August 8. How does one remember such a man? Jone MacCulloch suggested that we find inspiration in a line of […]

It’s Poetry Friday!

Welcome to Poetry Friday. I’m happy to be your summer host. I’m traveling back in time today and reviewing a beautiful book I received in spring (thank you, Candlewick Press!) Helen Frost and Rick Lieder’s Hello, I’m Here tells the story a newly-hatched sandhill crane chick through a clever, first-person poem and gorgeous close-up photography. […]