Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
I’m thrilled to introduce you to my first spring title this year, Snowman – Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations (Charlesbridge, 2/5/19), with gorgeous art by Micha Archer. It’s a combination of equation poems and prose sidebars.
The equations explore the transformations that happen all around us in spring, from very early spring with snow on the ground (if you live in a place that gets snow) to almost-summer.
bark + beak = drum
I’m thrilled to say it’s a Junior Library Guild selection–my first book to receive that honor! Kirkus says, “…beautifully original art complements the fun of the playful poetry. Poetry + art = beauty.“ And Booklist says, “Celebrating the natural world as winter turns to spring, this unusual volume offers a poetic equation on each page, accompanied by a vivid illustration and several short sentences of related text…A handsome, original book for reading aloud each spring.”
frogs + night = symphony
And it’s available for pre-order now! If you’d like to purchase a copy signed by me to you or your school or child, you can order through Red Balloon, and I’ll stop by and sign the copy to you before they send it. (Just make sure you tell them who you want it signed to:>)
Also, on my website, there’s a teaching guide, an activity sheet, and a Padlet where you can share your own equation poems or poems from your students. I would love to pack that Padlet full of poetry. (They don’t have to be nature equations, by the way.)
Here are some places I’ll be sharing this book soon!
- February 2, 2019: Books for Breakfast (Twin Cities, MN)
- March 16, 2019: Subtext Bookstore, 10:30 a.m. (St. Paul, MN)
- March 22-23, 2019: Denver Children’s Festival of Stories (Denver, CO)
- April 6, 2019: Poetry-palooza three-book-launch party at Red Balloon (St. Paul, MN)
- on the Charlesbridge book podcast (details to come)
Also, it would be a huge help to me if you would add this book to your to-read shelf on Goodreads!
Thanks for celebrating with me, Poetry Friday friends. Your support means the world to me. Remember, if you write an equation poem, please share it on the Padlet! And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with awesome poet and teacher educator Tricia Stohr-Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect.
Kortney Garrison says
Congratulations! Can’t wait to see the book in person! I told my kids about it, and they are just captivated by the idea!
Thank you, Kortney! I hope you’ll write some poems and share them on my Padlet!
Sally Murphy says
This sounds – and looks – like a wonderful book, Laura. Congratulations!
Thank you, Sally!
What a wonderful concept! Clever, clever you!
It looks delightful, Laura. Congratulations! Our snow last week gave kids a first chance to build anything. Alas, now puddles as your title sadly reveals.
Hehe–the circle (or puddle) of life. I’m going to be in Denver in March for a book festival, Linda. Maybe our paths will cross!
Carol Vsrsalona says
Laura, what a fantastic idea to integrate poetry and math all wrapped up with amazing visuals. Your book is going to be a hit.
Thanks, Carol–fingers crossed!
Michelle Schaub says
What a brilliant idea for a poetry collection, Laura! Congrats!!
Excellent. I looks so fun! Going to preorder now.
Thank you so much, Jone–I really appreciate your support!
Thank you for introducing us to equation poems! I hope every elementary math and science teacher adds this book to their class library. Your collection will make an excellent mentor text for students to write their own equation poems! Congratulations, Laura!
Thanks so much, Linda:>)
Congrats on the new book, Laura. What a totally cool, unique idea to do equation poems. 🙂 The art looks gorgeous too. 2019 promises to be a banner year for you with several new titles coming out!
Thanks, Jama–yes, I hit the artist jackpot this spring. SO pleased–thank you:>)
Buffy Silverman says
This book looks like a shining bit of brilliance–what a unique concept! Congratulations, Laura!
Oh, this is cute! I love stuff like this; I always tend to think in terms of Imaginary Math, because obviously that’s the best kind (also because my brain + math = meltdown). Congrats!
Michelle Kogan says
Laura, your book looks delightfully fun, full of wonderful poetry equations and colorful and textural art! Many Congratulations on it and the reviews that are coming in. I’m so looking forward to reading it!
Thank you, Michelle:)
Catherine Flynn says
Congratulations, Laura! I cannot wait to get a copy of this gorgeous book. I know quite a few kindergarteners and 1st graders who are going to LOVE it!
Aw, thanks, Catherine!
Oh, Laura, I love this idea! I know that kids will immediately want to create their own equation poems. This is the kind of poetry that creates poets. It jubilantly propels kids out into the world–encouraging them to notice and to think of the world in new ways. It reinforces that playing around with words is fun and oh-so-rewarding, especially when you hit upon the “perfect” combo or concept. Like you did here! Kudos and congratulations!!!
Thanks, Molly–that’s exactly what I’m hoping!
Congratulations! You’ve worked so hard for so long, it’s good to see the world taking notice. You are on the up and up!
Thanks, Mary Lee! Not sure about anyone taking notice, bit fingers crossed!
Kay Mcgriff says
I LOVE, love, LOVE these equations. This is my kind of math! Congratulations on its publication and all the good things going along with it.
Thank you, Kay!
What a great concept, Laura! I love this idea and how the equations are a spark for your poetry. Congrats on the JLG selection.
Kathy Mazurowski says
Can’t wait to read this title!