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.