Poetry Friday: Time to Nominate


Thanks goes to Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe for hosting Poetry Friday this week.

It’s time to nominate your favorite poetry book of 2015 for the CYBILS. And this yer we will take novels inverse.

Books need to be published between October 16, 2014- October 15, 2015.

Need some ideas? Go read Sylvia Vardell’s post for a “Sneak Peak.”

This is a fly by post as I am in California this weekend. 

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.

Poetry Friday: Young Americans Poetry Digest 2015


Poetry Friday is found at Poetry for Children featuring Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell.



arrived at school this week.  It’s the poetry digest that students submit their work each year hosted by the National Schools Project.

A poem from the book by Hadden L, now a fifth grader at school:

I am a bearder dragon
I am as fast as a cat
I puff my beard, I spring at my crickets,
And when I get really mad
When people are rude to me
We have spikes on the sides of us
I am spiky dragon

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.

Poetry Friday: Constitution Day, Citizenship Day Plus an Announcement


Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty is our Poetry Friday host.

So yesterday was Constitution Day.  Fun Fact:  It’s the day in 1787 when the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met to sign our constitution. It’s also know as Citizenship Day.

We are required to teach about the Constitution and citizenship and what better way than to share this poem by Georgia Heard.  It’s from The Poetry Friday anthology: Celebrations through Pomelo Books.

A Dream Come True
by Georgia Heard

I covered my hear with my hand,
Sang “America the Beautiful,” From sea to shining sea...
To celebrate my mom, my dad, my brother and me,
Becoming citizens of this great land.

I covered my heart with my hand,
Tears filled my eyes with pride and glory.
A dream come true, a brand new story,
Becoming citizens of this great land.

I know several people who have recently become US citizens and they are so proud.

Drum Roll….Here’s the 2015 CYBILS Poetry Judges:


Round 1
Nancy Bo Flood
The Pirate Tree
Irene Latham
Jone Rush MacCulloch
Margaret Simon
Tricia Stohr-Hunt
Carol Wilcox
Sylvia Vardell
Round 2
Linda Baie
Rosemary Marotta
Diane Mayr
Heidi Mordhorst
Laura Shovan
Happy Friday
Happy Poetry.

Poetry Friday: Honoring 9/11

IMG_1077Robyn Hood Black is hosting Poetry Friday at Life at the Deckle Edge.  She’s remembering 9/11, a day that changed our lives forever.  Plus she’s featuring a poem from a fifth grader.

It set the tone for me and I remembered that a couple other students wrote poems about this topic. I remember getting ready for school and watching the Today show.  I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  I have cousins living in New Jersey working in NYC.  Were they all okay?  (and they were thankfully)

The first, is a repost from Braxton B.  And the second is from Ayana.  Both of these students are now in sixth grade.



Remembering those whose lives were forever changed by the assault on our soil.   Prayers of continued healing and peace today.

Poetry Friday: The First Week of School and CYBILS Plea


Thank you Linda at TeacherDance for hosting today.


Can you believe the CYBILS is celebrating ten years?
Please consider being on the panel for either round one or two.
It’s so much fun to read nominated poetry books and talk poetry. Deadline is September 9, 2015.


It’s the first week of my 42nd year of teaching.  What better way to celebrate than this poem from The Poetry Friday: Celebrations book.


We have had a great time talking about the first day and week.  The students like the repeating the line “The Very First Day of School”.

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.

Poetry Friday: Summer Poetry Swap and Time for the CYBILS

IMG_1077Poetry Friday is hosted by none other than Sylvia Vardell at Poetry for Children.

Hi there,
I am so happy to be returning from my blogcation!  We are moved (My office isn’t unpacked yet) and are settling into our new digs.

One of the best parts about the summer has been participating in the annual Summer Poetry Swap organized by the talented Tabatha Yeatts.  It’s like getting little gems in the mailbox all summer long.

A few weeks ago, I received this from Keri Collins Lewis, a concrete poem about my teaching students poetry:


I wanted to know the back story or her process for writing the poem.  I love learning about the process.  In her email Keri explained the following: “When we cleaned out my father-in-law’s storage unit we found quite a rock collection, including a very large crystal. Thinking of that led to thinking of other types of rock, such as obsidian. That brought the lava & volcano to mind. ” And she sent me this draft:

 will be sharing the poetry received this summer in the school library.


Once again its CYBILS time. This is a milestone year!  The CYBILS Awards turn TEN!!.  This is difficult to believe.

That means we’re looking for panelists and judges.  To find out the information and apply, go to the CYBILS website.  I am always looking for people to serve on the poetry committee.  So especially if you participate in Poetry Friday, please consider applying. OR even if you don’t but you love poetry, please consider applying.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.

In a Perfect World: Blog Break

In a perfect world, I would be able to move for one place to another without a blog vacation. It’s not a perfect world, the selling and purchasing of a home is complicated.  I need to be able to focus on that.  I am not guaranteed Internet over the next weeks.

So I am taken a blog vacation until sometime in August when I am once again settled in a new place.