Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Whew! What a couple of weeks it’s been–NCTE one week and Thanksgiving the next. I’m grateful for both, but I’m glad to be quietly at home now :>)
NCTE was difficult for me this year. I think it’s partly because I hadn’t been in FOUR years. I was out of practice. And partly because I’m deeply unhappy with some publishing-related projects and feeling very left behind, left out, and grumpy. So, there ya go. However, I’m grateful for so many things at NCTE. Here’s just a top 10 list, but there are more.
I’m grateful to:
- Mary Lee Hahn for picking me up from the airport and driving me to the hotel. What a luxury!
- Margaret Simon for including me on her proposal and also making our hotel arrangements.
- Lerner for the badge and my Finding Family signing.
- Creative Company for sponsoring me as a table host with Puddle Song at the Children’s Book Awards Luncheon.
- The fourth-grade teacher at my table for the luncheon, who was so excited to read Puddle Song and couldn’t wait to show it to his students.
- Megan Abbate, my Bloomsbury editor, for taking the time to have breakfast with me.
- Cyndi Georgis, Marie LeJeune-Meyer, and every other person who called my name in the skybridge, the exhibit hall or anywhere else and said hi.
- Megan Litwin, Jyoti Gopal, and Dianne White, who gave my poetry several shout-outs in their lovely session.
- Georgia Heard and the whole committee for the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, who inspired me hugely!
- My husband, for insisting I go even when I said we really shouldn’t spend the money.
There are many more people deserving of thanks, too. And, as expected, I put my foot in my mouth, didn’t recognize people, etc. In fact, Poetry Friday friend Denise Krebs was in my session and at my roundtable, and I totally bungled getting to chat with her. Missed opportunity. There are always some of those too. :>(
I’m going to share some photos from NCTE and also a quick found poem created in one of the sessions I attended.
And here’s teacher educator MaryAnn Capiello, with a colleague of hers, I believe. They were two of the folks at my luncheon table, and we had to do a short cheer when each book title was read. This was for Puddle Song.
If you’d like to see some more pictures, go here for my full album. You don’t have to be on Facebook to view it.
For my poem this week, I’m sharing a found poem (really more of a cento) that I created in the session given by Megan Litwin, Jyoti Gopal, and Dianne White. Fabulous session! Can you identify where these lines come from?
Yellow the flower. Yellow the seed.
Its whole song…
is wide and deep.
–assembled/found by Laura Purdie Salas
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Anastasia Suen. I took her amazing picture book class many years ago, and I’ll always be grateful to her for all that I learned there!