Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Quick announcement: Monday is the second Write Alone Together free event I’m hosting. Want to write individually, but in community? Check out the details here. The first one, earlier this week, was just lovely!
Now, on to Poetry Friday!
Y’all might know I love mentor texts and use them in my own writing a lot. And few things make me happier than when my own books inspire other people to write. That’s why I’m super excited to share these riddle-ku, written by 2nd graders at Richmond Elementary School in Vermont after they read Lion of the Sky. And I especially love that the riddle-ku were illustrated by kindergartners and a multi-age class. Second graders, you now know the scary feeling of turning over your words to an artist and hoping they capture what was in your heart. That’s how I feel each time one of my manuscripts goes off to the illustrator! The artists did a fabulous job here!
With permission, I’m sharing a few spreads, but please click here to read the whole collection. They’re amazing!
I adore how these young poets and artists give specific, sensory clues and share their emotions.
They use personification and great verbs and facts.
They use repetition and great vocabulary and give you hints to try to help! (And they even get all the syllable counts for American-style haiku.)
On every spread, the kids demonstrate awesome writing skills and their own personalities, too.
Thank you so much for your writing and illustrating, Richmond Elementary School students!
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with wonderful teacher Ruth (who I’ve been getting to know a bit better lately) at There Is No Such Thing as a God-Forsaken Town!