Category: Poems for Kids

“Hello” to a Magazine Merit Honor

I had a lovely message a few weeks ago about my poem “Good-Bye, Hello!” It’s a back-to-school poem that appeared in Highlights magazine last year, and it is the runner-up for SCBWI’s 2015 Magazine Merit award. Yay! And, I’m happy to say that Michelle Heidenrich Barnes of Today’s Little Ditty

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poetryaction and bookalikes for Yuck!

  Yuck! Kids know how fun it is to be grossed out! This book shows the foods different young animals like to eat, and they all seem pretty disgusting. Then it ends with a reversal about what those animals think about human food. This made me think of one of

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A scary poem video for K‑4

I love scary books and poems (and movies, even though I cover my eyes a lot during them). Here’s a cheesy video of me reading my poem “Midnight,” from a jack-o-lantern’s point of view. Midnight See my spooky, blank eyes staring? Like the crooked teeth I’m baring? Feel my wicked

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“Ocean Tales,” by Laura Purdie Salas, pt. 2

Usually in this feature, I share my process as a reader reading a poem someone else wrote. But for this one, I’m sharing the writing process behind a poem I shared last week on Poetry Friday, “Ocean Tales.” I was working on a set of poems that eventually became BOOKSPEAK!

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[My Writing Life] A Poetry Gift!

Aw, look at the cute shirt poet Joy Acey sent me! Joy and I (and Mary Lee Hahn and Charles Waters, too!) both have poems on a Poem in Your Pocket handout that Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong put together). So Joy made the handout into a t‑shirt and sent

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[Nonfiction Monday] Colors of Insects and Bug Off!

Paired Picture Books Colors of Insects by me, Laura Purdie Salas Capstone Press, 2011 (signed discounted copies available here– be sure to email and specify who you’d like it inscribed to) I never thought I would like writing a book about bugs, but doing this book really gave me a

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[My Writing Life] Fun at Vegas/NCTE

I’ve blogged about generosity at conventions, “Is it worth it for a writer to go to IRA?” (or any of the big conventions), setting goals for conventions, and following up afterwards. Now, I just want to take a minute to share some of the fun I had in Vegas. You

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