Poetry Friday: More Student Work

IMG_1077Poetry Friday is hosted by Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect.  I love that she’s gone old school with the links.

A few weeks ago I featured student poetry.  I walked by the fourth/fifth classroom and noticed the art and poems. I just had to share!



In further news:

  • The Poetry Section for the CYBILS has about thirty eight titles nominated.  Woohoo.
  • Go to Today’s Little Ditty as Michelle reveals the cover to The Best of TLD, 2014-2015.  I am thrilled to be in this collection.
  • Find out more about the Winter Poetry Swap at Tabatha Yeatts.  Always great fun!                                  WINTER POETRY SWAP.jpg

Wednesday’s Wonderings



So the CYBIL’s nomination window closes on Saturday, October 15. I wonder have you nominated anything yet?

Would you like some suggestions for Poetry? if so, see below:

  1. Burg, Ann. 2016. Unbound. Scholastic.
  2. Caswell, Deanna. 2016. Boo Haiku. Ill. by Bob Shea. Abrams Appleseed.
  3. Dooley, Sarah. 2016. Free Verse
  4. Lewis, J. Patrick. 2016. Kooky Crumbs: Poems in Praise of Dizzy Days
  5. Lin, Grace and McKneally, Ranida T. 2016. Our Food
  6. Powell, Patricia Hruby. 2016. Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case.

if you know of a poetry book publishd between Oct.16, 2015-Oct. 15, 2016 and it’s not nominated be sure to get to the CYBILs site.

It’s Monday. What Are You Reading?


Thanks to Teach Mentor Texts, we can find out what everyone is reading.

Today a fourth grader share about a book series I put on hold from the library.  It’s Michael Dahl’s  Library of Doom series.

I am sharing with fourth and fifth graders about some of the new research regarding the Lone Woman of San Nicholas Island otherwise known as Karana of ISLAND OF THE DOLPHINS by Scott O’ Dell.  This is my favorite childhood chapter book.  I lived near Santa Barbara and have been to the Channel Islands (San Nicholas is part of the island chain.)

The Ventura County Star just posted this article about the research conducted by Steve Schwartz. In 2012, Schwartz led a team and discovered what is thought to be the cave that she lived in all those years.   In 2015, the Navy halted the dig so Schwartz has been reading the work of  J.B. Harrington, a linguist from the 1900’s.


What I love about all this is that it’s a conversation about how when authors write historical novel over time new information can inform our thinking.  Scott O’Dell did the best research he could do in the late 50’s.  I think he’d be happy to know that it’s continuing and that tribes such as Chumash and Pechanga are involved.

For my October book club we are reading THE LAKE HOUSE by Kate Morton.  It took a bit of getting into when I wasn’t tired but I am hooked.

What are you reading?

Poetry Friday: The Late Edition with Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face by Jack Pretlusky


Poetry Friday was hosted by Violet with a fabulous recap of Poetry Camp.

On Thursday, I came home from school and after dinner instead of writing my posts (one for Deowriter), I fell asleep.  And Friday was just a busy day at school.  I can usually squeeze in the writing of the posts as I usually know what I’m going to post but that was not to be yesterday.

Oh, it’s been quite a week.  Attending Poetry Camp last weekend was one of the highlights of 2016.  Being in the company of almost forty poets left my heart full.  One of the best parts of the weekend, was listening to Jack Pretlusky who was the first Poet Laureate for Children.  He rarely performs anymore so it was a real treat.


I was delighted to hear him perform the following poem.  Some of my Poetry Rocks kids have performed it.  I can’t wait to share the video with them.

Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face
Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,
for if it were where it is not,
you might dislike your nose a lot.
Imagine if your precious nose
were sandwiched in between your toes,
that clearly would not be a treat,
for you’d be forced to smell your feet.
Your nose would be a source of dread
were it attached atop your head,
it soon would drive you to despair,
forever tickled by your hair.
The rest of the poem is HERE

CYBILS Update:

Nominations for the CYBILS are open until next Saturday, October 15, 2016.  To date, Poetry has twenty plus nominations.  We’d love to have more!  Please nominate HERE.

Need some ideas?  Visit this post at Poetry for Children.  Happy nominating.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.


Poetry Friday: First Student Poetry of the School Year


Thanks to Karen for hosting Poetry Friday.

Greetings from Bellingham, WA and the Poetry Camp!

Announcement, announcement, announcement!  CYBILS Nominations open
TOMORROW, October 1.  Here’s the link:  CYBILS Nominations.

 This week, students brought me two poems for me to share.


Happy Poetry.

Happy Friday.

It’s Monday. What Are You Reading. 9/26/2016


You can find more good reads at Teach Mentor Texts.

My friend loaned me her copy of MISS PEREGRINE’S SCHOOL OF PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs. It’s been sitting in a basket by my bed waiting.  So last week, I started it knowing the movie is on the horizon.

I figured it would be quirky.  Magical.  I had no idea it is such a thriller and holds a certain amount of creepiness.  I haven’t finished it.  I love the photos.

My oldest grandgirl love anything by Tim Burton.  I know that she wants to see this movie.  It’s going to interesting to compare the book to the movie.

What are you reading?

Poetry Friday: Poetry Camp and Cynthia Grady


Thank you Catherine at Reading to the Core for hosting Poetry Friday.

One week (or six sleeps as I tell my kinders) until I go to Poetry Camp!  I can hardly wait.  This is the brain child of Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell.  It’s happening at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.

There are so many people I have connected with online, through the Progressive Poem, poetry prompts, inclusion of my poem in a Poetry Friday Anthology, and poetry swaps and next Friday, I get to meet them.  This is better than Christmas.

So in honor of the upcoming camp, I am featuring a poem from Cynthia Grady’s book, I Lay My Stitches Down; Poems of American Slavery.  It’s illustrated by Michele Wood.  The poems and illustrations compliment each other well.  It’s a must see book.

Cynthia explains that the poems are “unrhymed verse, ten lines of ten syllables to mimic the square shape of the quilt block.”  Shes included three references in the poems: a biblical or spiritual reference, a musical reference, and a sewing or fiber reference.

Each poem is named for a traditional quilt block. It was difficult to select which poem to share.



The little time we have to call our own
be filled with gardening, feeding chickens
mending clothes, and music making: shaking
stones in the basket, clapping hands, stomping
feet. Sometimes a banjo and fiddle be
played, or hollowed-out tree drum and washboard.
But lo, the singing! Piecing shouts here to
Bible stories there, interweaving  tunes
and hollers, singing up a frenzy of
song!  Be a kaleidoscope of sound: Joy.

(use with permission by Cynthia Grady)

With author’s and illustrator’s notes at the end and a list of resources, this is a poetry books that you can lose yourself in for hours.

I am thrilled to be meeting Cynthia next week at Poetry Camp.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.