Introducing Lion of the Sky #PoetryFriday

From Lion of the Sky (Millbrook, 2019 — text Laura Purdie Salas, art Mercè López)


lie down in whiteness

    kick and SWISH and wave your arms

           give me winter wings

                                       –Laura Purdie Salas, from Lion of the Sky

I’m so excited about this book, my third and final poetry collection of the spring! If you’d like to learn more about my newest poetry collection, keep on reading! If you want to hop on over to other wonderful poems from other folks, check out the Poetry Friday Roundup with the awesome Irene Latham at Live Your Poem!

Riddles + Haiku + Mask Poems = Riddle-ku

Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons

What do you get when you mix haiku with riddles with mask poems and add stunning art by Mercè López? A collection of 24 riddle-ku that celebrates the iconic images and events of the seasons, from baseball to the first day of school to a pair of cozy mittens. Whether you want to solve riddles or immerse yourself in imaginative poems and art, this gorgeous book is for you!

Praise for In the Middle of the Night

Booklist: STARRED “The eloquent language ranges from philosophical to whimsical, and that tone is reflected in the colorful acrylic paintings… the wonderfully evocative, vivid imagery in text and art also make this a welcome addition for poetry classroom units.”

Kirkus: STARRED “Richly rewarding and clever: a visually arresting, inventive treatment of a popular subject.”

Publishers Weekly: “The book’s meditative tone and resonant images invite readers to embrace new ways of seeing the world around them.”

The Trailer


How This Book Came About

In 2014, for National Poetry Month, I created a form called the riddle-ku. It’s a mash-up of haiku, riddle, and mask poem. I shared one every day on my blog, with picture clues, and they were a big hit! In fact, if you were one oft hose educators or writers playing along, THANK YOU! A couple of years later, I was pitching some ideas to my wonderful Millbrook editor, Carol Hinz. I shared some riddle-ku examples from my blog and pitched her a seasonal riddle-ku collection. She said yes, and the result is a collection of brand new riddle-ku beautifully illustrated by Mercè López.

Who Needs This Book?

If you like riddles, mysteries, or swimming around in language, this book is for you!

You can order autographed copies signed to you from my local bookshop, Red Balloon. Or you can order from any indie bookseller or on Amazon. (Or, of course, from any other bookseller or directly from Lerner Publishing.)




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Lion of the Sky
Author: Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrator: Mercè López
Publisher: Millbrook
ISBN: 978–1512498097

Write your own riddle-ku (just you, or your students, too!) and add them to the Padlet on my website:

You can also download a writing activity sheet there.

Thanks so much for sharing in my joy about this third and final book in my Poetry-Palooza spring! Whew!Save

2 Responses

  1. Congratulations on Lion of the Sky, Laura! What an inventive, fun and spirit-invoking picture book. LOVE it!

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