Poetry Friday: Gone Shopping by Nikki Grimes


Thanks to  Linda at TeacherDance for hosting Poetry Friday today.

I was fortunate to hear Nikki Grimes at the recent Poetry Camp on writing verse novels.  Of course, her book, GARVEY’S CHOICE, has been nominated for the CYBILS Poetry Award.

DEAR TOMATO: An International Crop of Food and Agricultural Poems, edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte, photography by Norie Wasserman (CreateSpace, 2015) was one of the many books I purchased while at the conference.  In it, is a poem by Nikki Grimes.

Gone Shopping

Basket in tow,
I go to the garden,
reach for Eggplant,
ripe and regal
in her purple splendor,
sunlight bouncing off
her sating skin.
“She is too beautiful
for roasting,”
my eyes tell me.
I almost agree,
but then,
my stomach growls.

(used with permission from Carol-Ann Hoyte and Nikki Grimes)

I no longer have a garden but I remember the times I grew eggplant.  I love the deep royalty of color this plant produces.  I also love the ratotuille, eggplant casserole, and roasted eggplant that I make from this vegetable.  This poem has ignited a need to buy some eggplant and create a savory autumn dish.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.

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?