How To Spend a Snowy Day

Poetry Friday logo by Linda Mitchell

Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)

I’m feeling that start-of-the-year energy! I kicked some bad writing habits to the curb, and I’m feeling much happier. Will everything get done? Nope. Will writing get done? Absolutely.

Four quick things:

Oskar's Voyage1. My next picture book is available for pre-order! It’s based on my trip on a Great Lakes freighter a few years ago. If you know someone who loves adventure stories, boats, the Great Lakes, or chipmunks, this book is for them! You can learn more about it here and pre-order from Amazon here or a signed copy from Red Balloon here. Here’s the cover–art is by Kayla Harren. Isn’t it fabulous?

2. My daughter’s creating book earrings! Want to have a bit of your favorite book, a book your wrote, or your One Little Word right there with you? For my birthday last fall, I received Wrinkle in Time earrings (above left). Love them! Check out her Etsy shop. And she’s donating some of her proceeds to RIF!

3. I have one spot left for World Read Aloud Day. My only opening is at 9am Central Time. If you’re interested, go here and fill out the form. But only choose 9am!

4. I’m offering single sessions of poetry-related virtual author visits this spring, at hugely discounted prices!

Now, for this week’s poem. I know some of you have gotten way more snow than you wanted, but I’m sad that Minnesota has gotten SO little snow so far this winter. Dianne White and Ramona Kaulitzki’s lovely Winter Lullaby was such a comforting read. It inspired this poetryaction.

And for lots of comforting or funny or alarming poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with writer Tracey Kiff-Judson (I love her logo!).

30 Responses

  1. Oskar’s Voyage looks adorable! And those earrings! Top it all off with a cozy little poem. Ah! Sitting by the fire.

  2. Congratulations on Oskar’s Voyage! It sounds fantastic, like all of your writing! 2024 is going to be a great year for you! : )

  3. Yes to adventure and chipmunks, please! It’s so cool to see the finished book cover. I’m delighted to see this book coming out into our world. I will order a copy for my local public library. I love getting copies of books by PF participants. I feel so connected when I find them on my local library shelves. Well done, Laura! Here’s to more writing!

  4. I’m looking forward to Oskar’s Voyage, Laura! And though little snow is on the way here, the temps are going to set records! I love the idea of that ‘fireplace rug’! You keep warm, too!

  5. Laura, your new book sounds intriguing. If you are seeking book reviewers, count me in. How to Spend a Snowy Day is just the right poetryaction I like. Enjoy the weather.

    1. Thank you, Carol! I’ll check with MHSP to see if they’re sending out review copies. Thanks for offering :>) We’re just getting brutal cold, but very little snow. It’s so sad.

  6. A snow storm and a warm place to spend the day sounds great to me. Your book sound fabulous, Laura, and I will get a copy. We’ve gotten little snow this year in NY, and in some ways it’s convenient, but I miss it. When I first moved to Syracuse years ago, I’d walk to work and it would always be snowing. I used to love it.

    1. Thank you, Janice. Sounds good to me, too. But snowless winters do NOT sound great.

  7. Gosh, I literally just hit send on a response to Janice’s post about mourning the loss of snow in the east. Can it be that we will only recall this magical experience through picture books and poems??? Dianne’s book is beautiful, isn’t it! And congrats on OSKAR!

    1. How strange. My own comments aren’t showing up. Patricia, this thought makes me so sad. Maybe snow will only be seen in historical fiction… :>(

  8. Love your cozy poem to curl up to… Many Congrats on Oskar’s Voyage, sounds exciting, and that chipmunk is so adorable. And Yay for your daughter’s book earrings–what fun, good luck to her and her shop, thanks Laura!

  9. Congratulations, on Oskar’s Voyage! I apologize for not saying congrats in my last comment. I became too excited about Oskar, your writing, photos and videos. I’d love to be a fly on a wall when you read to children. Last weekend we finally received snow-about 9 in! Unfortunately, not enough time to cross-country ski, but we threw on our snowshoes. The snow-covered trees were beautiful! Hopefully, you’ll receive snow from the next storm coming through. I wish it would stay cold enough so rain that’s raining right now wouldn’t wash the snow away. Good luck.

    1. Thank you, Gail! No need for apologies. 9″ of snow–heaven! Thanks for your steady cheeriness and enthusiasm :>)

  10. We’re with Minnesota in our lack of snow, but we’re not surprised in central Ohio. 🙂 Still, the cold-cold has made it here, so I wouldn’t mind a crackling fire with an inviting rug! (the space heater will have to do!!)

    1. 2nd try. Ours is just a gas fire, so only one step up from a space heater :>D But so easy it makes up for it!

  11. Laura, it’s only raining here in Connecticut, but I am going to follow your poem’s advice anyway! What a nice start to Saturday to read it. Love, love, love the book earrings.

  12. Congrats on the new book, Laura! Your daughter’s earrings are beautiful! And I’m planning to take your poem’s advice for this snowy day.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,523 other subscribers

Are You Looking For?

Poetry Friday posts

Classroom Connections posts

All my poetryactions

Go to my Poetry page for:

  • National Poetry Month projects through the years
  • Small Reads Roundups (poems grouped by topic)
  • Introductions to several favorite poetry forms
#waterpoemproject15 Words or Less Poems20for2030 Painless Classroom Poems50 State Poemsacrosticsactivity pagesactivity sheetALAA Leaf Can Be...Amy Ludwig VanDerwaterA Need to FeedanthologiesanthologyA Rock Can projectsaudiopoemsawardsbad newsBarbara Juster EsbensenBilly Collinsbiopoemsblog tourbookalikesbook festivalsBookSpeak!book spine poemsbook trailersbop poembyr a thoddaidcafepresscalendar poemsCamp Read-a-LotCan Be... bookscan be... poemsCapstoneCarol Varsalonacascade poemsCatherine FlynnccbcCCRA.W.3CCRA.W.4CCRA.W.5centoschapter bookschoral compositionschristina rossetticinquainsCLAclassified ad poemsclassroom connectionclassroom connectionsClover Kittyconferences and conventionscrown sonnetscybilsdansaDare to DreamDavid Elliottdeeper wisdom poemdefinitosdiamantesdiversitydizaindodoitsuDot DayDouglas Floriandownloadablesdrum corpse.e. cummingsekphrastic poemsepistolary poemsequation poemsessentialethereeseventsexquisite corpseFairy Tale Garage Salefamilyfibonaccifiction picture booksfinding familyfirefightersforeign editionsfound poemsfree author zoomsfree versefrom studentsgeesegeorgia heardghazalGift Taggiveawaygolden shovelgoldilocksgratitudehaikuheart of aheart of a teacherHeidi MordhorstHelen FrostHighlightshow-to poemshow to make a rainbowI Am FromI Am poemsidiomsif you want to knit some mittensIf You Were the MoonILAimagepoemsinterviewin the middle of the nightIRAIrelandIrene LathamJ. Patrick LewisJanet WongJoyce SidmanKendraKerlanKidlit Comboslailaura's board booksLaura's booksLaura's poemsLaura's readingsLaura ShovanLee Bennett HopkinsLilian MoorelimericksLinda Booth SweeneyLine Leads the WayLion of the Skylist poemslittle free librarylive writingLullaby and Kisses Sweetlyricsmadness poetrymargaret simonMarilyn Singermary lee hahnmask poemsMeet My FamilyMelissa StewartMentors for Rentmentor textsmetaphorMichelle Myers LacknerMillbrookMinnesota Book Awardsmoneymoonmy reading lifemy writing processN+7naaninarrative poemsNational Poetry Month 2012 (haiku a day)National Poetry Month 2014 (riddle-ku)National Poetry Month 2015National Poetry Month 2016National Poetry Month 2017 (#wonderbreak)national poetry month 2018 (haiku a day)National Poetry Month 2020National Poetry Month 2021 (#EquationPoem)national poetry month 2022 (sticky-note poems)National Poetry Month 2023 (Digging for Poems)National Poetry Month 2024 (magnipoems)ncteNerdy Book Clubnifty newsnifty stuffNikki Grimesnonfictionnonfiction booksNonfiction Writers Dig Deepnovelsnovels in verseodesOne Minute Till BedtimeoppositifyOskar's VoyagepadletpantoumsparodiesPatreonpeacepersonalpet poemsphotopoetryphrase acrosticspicture booksplagiarismpoempicspoemspoems for two voicespoemsketchpoetic pursuitsPoetry 7poetryactionspoetry activitiesPoetry Blastpoetry booksPoetry FridayPoetry Friday AnthologiesPoetry Princessespoetry promptspoetry sistersPoetry Tips for Teachersprogressive poempublishing processpuddle songPutridquotationsraccontinosRandy Salasread-aloudreadaloudreading poetry in the classroomRebecca Kai Dotlichrecipe poemsrefugeesresearchreview copiesreviewsrevisionrhyming booksrhyming nonfictionrhyming picture booksRhyming Picture Books the Write Wayrhyming poemsRiddle-kuriddle poemsRock Can Be...Rock the Blogrondeau redoublesRudyard Kiplingsalas snippetsSCBWIschool visitsScotlandseasonssecrets of the loonSELsestinasshrinking daysskinnyskypeslice of lifesmall readssnack snooze skedaddlesnowman-coldsonnetsStampede!storm poemstorytimestorywalkstudent poemsstudent workSylvia VardellTanita Davistankatautogramteachableteacher resourcesteen/adult poemsterza rimasthankfulthank yous and referencesthe business sidethings to do iftracy nelson maurertrioletstunie munson-bensonvideosVikram MadanvillanellevillanellesWater Can Be...wealthy elementaryWe BelongWhat's InsideWhy-kuwinterwonderwonderbreakword of the yearwordplaywordsmithswork for hirewritingwriting bookswriting processwriting promptswriting the life poeticyoung authors conferencesYouTubeZapZap Clap Boomzenozentangle
Show More Show Less

Discover more from Laura Purdie Salas

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading

Join Laura's monthly newsletter for eductators

Get three of Laura's favorite poetry activities when you subscribe to "Small Reads."