poetryaction for Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend

Monday, Wednesday

I didn’t want to rhyme here, but I did want a bit of a swingy rhythm…

 

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Poetryaction: After reading a picture book, sometimes I jot down a quick poem based on something in the book. It could be inspired by the entire book, the setting, a character, or even just a tiny detail in a picture or a single phrase from the text. I’m using picture books as a jumping off point for poems. I thought this might be something interesting for you to do in your classroom, so I’m going to share some of them here. I’m collecting them on a Pinterest board.

Bookalikes: A lot of times, when I’m reading a book, I think, “Oh, this would be fun to pair with XYZ book!” So I’m sharing those here when I think of them. These have their own bookalikes Pinterest board, too:>)

 

14 Responses

  1. What you were trying to do with the worked this is wonderful as I read this it fell like I’m swing

  2. What you were trying to do with the worked this is wonderful as I read this it fell like I’m swing

  3. Laura,
    Thanks for introducing me to this book and your poetryaction based on it. I love your poem!!! I was just wondering if a swing is even included in the story. Is it? This sounds like a terrific book for school counselors, teachers, parents, etc. Your poem would be a great supplement. I wonder if you’d consider developing a poetry book collection based on emotional needs of children.

    1. Thanks, Linda. Well. I’m trying to remember, as I read this a bit ago. I’m pretty sure there IS a real swing in the book, and I thought it was a good metaphor for the mc’s back-and-forth life. (Guessing the author/illustrator thought so, too:>) So in this case, my poetryaction is actually tied closely to the events in the book, which isn’t always the case. I just put myself in the mc’s mind, thinking about how at least his dog and also the affection of both parents are constants, even though the setting of where he is changes. Thanks for your kind words. I’m working on a poetry collection right now that has a kind of emotional basis to it–not divorce, though. But it has emotional grounding rather than informational or wordplay grounding, which are my usual approaches. Whether it sells will be a whole other question, of course.

      1. Laura,
        It will sell. Sorry, I wasn’t clear. I didn’t mean to suggest that the theme to center around divorce, but all emotional needs of children. Maybe reaching out to Educational Markets would help, if you aren’t presently doing so. Wishing you the best and rooting for you!

        I’ll look for a copy of the book featured here today. It’s in our public library system. I’ll find out about that swing. Thanks for always providing quality for your readers!

        Merry Christmas!

        1. Thanks, Linda–that’s exactly what my collection STAMPEDE was geared toward–all the emotions primary grade kids feel at/about school: joy, shyness, fear, boredom, love, embarrassment, etc. I do write for the educational markets (more than 100 books so far–oi), but I’m trying to get more trade books published and fewer educational market ones. But they paid the bills for quite a while:>)

          1. Laura,
            Thanks for sharing about your writing journey. More and more doors will open for you. I’m convinced. Keep writing and submitting and smiling and being you!

  4. Laura,
    Thanks for introducing me to this book and your poetryaction based on it. I love your poem!!! I was just wondering if a swing is even included in the story. Is it? This sounds like a terrific book for school counselors, teachers, parents, etc. Your poem would be a great supplement. I wonder if you’d consider developing a poetry book collection based on emotional needs of children.

    1. Thanks, Linda. Well. I’m trying to remember, as I read this a bit ago. I’m pretty sure there IS a real swing in the book, and I thought it was a good metaphor for the mc’s back-and-forth life. (Guessing the author/illustrator thought so, too:>) So in this case, my poetryaction is actually tied closely to the events in the book, which isn’t always the case. I just put myself in the mc’s mind, thinking about how at least his dog and also the affection of both parents are constants, even though the setting of where he is changes. Thanks for your kind words. I’m working on a poetry collection right now that has a kind of emotional basis to it–not divorce, though. But it has emotional grounding rather than informational or wordplay grounding, which are my usual approaches. Whether it sells will be a whole other question, of course.

      1. Laura,
        It will sell. Sorry, I wasn’t clear. I didn’t mean to suggest that the theme to center around divorce, but all emotional needs of children. Maybe reaching out to Educational Markets would help, if you aren’t presently doing so. Wishing you the best and rooting for you!

        I’ll look for a copy of the book featured here today. It’s in our public library system. I’ll find out about that swing. Thanks for always providing quality for your readers!

        Merry Christmas!

        1. Thanks, Linda–that’s exactly what my collection STAMPEDE was geared toward–all the emotions primary grade kids feel at/about school: joy, shyness, fear, boredom, love, embarrassment, etc. I do write for the educational markets (more than 100 books so far–oi), but I’m trying to get more trade books published and fewer educational market ones. But they paid the bills for quite a while:>)

          1. Laura,
            Thanks for sharing about your writing journey. More and more doors will open for you. I’m convinced. Keep writing and submitting and smiling and being you!

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