Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Life (both personal and professional) has been super busy lately, and I confess I wasn’t planning to post for Poetry Friday this week. But then…
I saw that Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s Forest Has a Song, one of my very favorite poetry collections of recent years, won the inaugural SCBWI Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award! So I had to give a shout-out for this lovely book today–congratulations, Amy! You can see a couple of poems I’ve shared from it, by clicking here.
Congratulations also to Irene Latham and Kate Hosford, whose lovely/fun books were honor books for the award!
And then Penny Parker Klostermann (whose picture book There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight has gotten such lovely notice) messaged me to let me know that she was featuring Ken Slesarik on her blog for Poetry Friday, and he is sharing a 1st-grade collaboration inspired by Water Can Be…. Wait until you see it! The post featuring Ken and his students’ work features a sassy “A First Grader Can Be…” poem with amazing art! I hope you’ll check it out! (You can see Ken and his students from a couple of years ago here, when I shared a poem he wrote for the Poetry Friday Anthology for Science.) I’m honored that Water Can Be… inspired Ken and his kids!
Artist, writer, poet Robyn Hood Black has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Life on the Deckle Edge. Enjoy!
Congratulations to all the winning authors mentioned here!
Kate Coombs says
Oh, I love Forest Has a Song! Big congrats to Amy!
Linda Baie says
So many celebrations, Laura. I love Forest Has A Song, Dear Wandering Wildebeests, Penny’s dragon, and of course your ‘can be’ books. What wonderful poetry can be in everyone’s hands with these books. I’ll be sure to visit Ken’s post with his first graders! Thank you for sharing all these links.
Thanks, Linda–and for all the poetry goodness YOU share, both online and with students:>)
Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says
Wonderful news all around! Love Ken’s 1st grade poetry project (and his inspiration too).
Yes! I love what they created! Thanks, Michelle:>)
Congratulations to everyone! What a feast of poetic perfection!
Fabulous news all across the children’s poetry world!
Brenda Davis Harsham says
Congrats and wah-hoo!
Thank you for your generous words, Laura. Hooray for poetry all around! I am excited to read Ken’s post! xx