Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
So much to tell you this week, but our home is in disarray (covid has struck again, and yes, we are fully vaccinated and boosted). So I’ll keep this brief and not overwhelming :>)
1. Friends–I’m doing a virtual library storytime on Monday, Jan 10, at 6pm Central Time. Family and friends with kids in the 4-9 range, hope to see you there! I’ll be sharing picture books about water, winter, and getting yarn from sheep. Learn about states of matter, animal adaptations and behaviors, and the miracle of sheep shearing–and friendship :>D You can register at https://dakotacountylibrary.libcal.com/event/8414177 Spread the word, and we’ll celebrate books on a chilly winter evening.
2. I’m way behind on my dreaming and planning for 2022 because of many family things that happened in Nov/Dec. But, I’ve chosen my One Little Word for 2022: feelings. I want to work on evoking emotion in my writing, giving my poems more heart, and sharing my own emotions more when I’m writing for teachers and such.
3. Irene Latham mentioned in her newsletter a free program she’s doing with homeschool families. When I read that, I thought, “Brilliant!” Homeschooling families plus many public schools can’t afford author visits, even virtual ones. So I want to try out a free Zoom where I chat with (mostly) elementary school students. I’m doing this on Thursday, January 27, at 1 p.m. Central. If you subscribe to my eletter for educators, my January issue (coming your way on Tuesday) will have a registration link. If enough people sign up, we’ll have a blast and I’ll do another one next month.
3. Finally, a poem! This is from my out-of-print poetry collection, Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School. Although I wrote the poem about a kid at school, I feel like it kinda captures how I’m feeling about 2022. Don’t call on me yet! I’m not ready. Also, did you know you can get the text of ALL the poems from Stampede if you subscribe to my monthly newsletter for educators?
For much more, be sure to mosey over to the Poetry Friday Roundup with poet-educator Carol Varsalona at Beyond LiteracyLink!