Cathy Ballou Mealey and Daughter, Grace

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just in case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a fifth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration in the fall of 2014 and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on the second Friday of each month. The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests. I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Today it is my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Cathy Ballou Mealey and her Daughter, Grace

I know I’ve said it before but I have to say it again! When I open an email with the “goods” from collaborators, I just want to dance. Each and every collaboration has been unique and delightful! All it takes is a look at the words or the art to see why one collaborator was inspired by the other collaborator’s work. This week is no exception.

Grace’s Gator

Stoney Alligator

Art by Grace Mealy

Doesn’t it make sense that such a cute gator would lead to gator-inspired words?

Cathy’s PoemSlide1

I’ll bet you’re all grinning big gator-like grins, aren’t you? Many thanks to Cathy and Grace for being a part of this series.


photo of Cathy and Grace
Meet Grace:
Grace Mealey will enter seventh grade this fall at Lynnfield Middle School. She is an honors student, a visual artist and a soprano with the Pioneer Singers, a choral ensemble of musical ambassadors.

Meet Cathy: Cathy Ballou Mealey is a picture book writer and occasional poet. She reviews children’s books at Good Reads with Ronna and for the Boston newspaper North Shore Children & Families. Cathy is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Agency. Find Cathy online HERE at her blog.


Keri at Keri Recommends has the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button

 

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Elaine Kiely Kearns and Tomie dePaola-Friends/Student/Teacher

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just in case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a fifth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration last fall and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on the second Friday of each month. The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests. I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Today it is my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Elaine Kiely Kearns and Tomie dePaola

I know anyone involved with Kidlit must be as excited as I am about this collaboration. Elaine tirelessly brings us all things kidlit through Kidlit411. And Tomie dePaola is a kidlit treasure.

When Elaine sent me the art and the poem, I emailed back and said, “I wondered . . . did Tomie’s art inspire your poem or vice versa?”

Elaine answered, “He inspired me!! (As he always does!!!)”

I was inspired by both the art and the poem.

Tomie’s Art

tomie's art

Art by Tomie dePaola

Elaine’s PoemSlide1

What a sweet collaboration! Thanks so much to Elaine and Tomie for being a part of this series.


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Meet Elaine: ELAINE KIELY KEARNS is an author of picture book and middle grade stories. She scours the internet for golden nuggets of information about children’s writing for the website she founded, KidLit411.com.

She lives in New York with her husband, two beautiful daughters and three furry babies. When she isn’t writing, she can be found doing yoga, eating chocolate and…eating chocolate.


Tomie DePaolo copy

Meet Tomie: TOMIE DEPAOLA has illustrated nearly 250 books and written the stories for over 100 of those books. He works in a studio attached to a renovated 200-year-old barn in New London, New Hampshire. You can find out more about Tomie, visit his website, WWW.TOMIE.COM, or his blog where he posts a daily doodle:  WWW.TOMIESBLOG.BLOGSPOT.COM


 

Margaret at Reflections on the Teche has the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button

Lori Degman and Son, Brian

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just in case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a fifth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration last fall and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on the second Friday of each month. The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests. I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Today it is my pleasure to share a creative collaboration by  . . .

Lori Degman and son, Brian

A photo of Lori and Brian in Grand Central Station, when he lived in NY.Me and Brian (1) copy

From Lori: Thank you so much, Penny, for asking me to do a guest post!  My first thought was to find old drawings my sons had done when they were young and write a poem to go along with one (Sean is 29 and Brian is 26). But, I decided to work with something current and had the idea to use one of Brian’s short video clips. This one seemed perfect for kids!

Readers, you’re not going to believe how perfect this is for kids. I got so excited when I saw Lori and Brian’s collaboration.

The PoemSlide1

Brian’s Video Clip (Super cool!)

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I declare this collaboration “Perfect for Kids!” Thanks to Lori and Brian for being a part of this series!


Meet Brian: Brian is a software designer and currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Lori headshot

Photo by Brian

Meet Lori: Lori is a teacher of deaf & hard of hearing students by day and picture book writer by night, weekend and school holiday. She writes in rhyme, most of the time – but not always. Her first picture book, 1 Zany Zoo, was the winner of the Cheerios New Author Contest and was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010. Her second picture book, Cock-a-Doodle Oops, was published by Creston Books in 2014. Her third picture book (and first non-rhymer), Norbert’s Big Dream, will be published by Sleeping Bear Press in July, 2016. She lives in a northern suburb of Chicago. You can find her at: Loridegman.com on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Kimberley Moran has the Poetry Friday Roundup today. poetry friday button

 

 

There Was an Old Blog Tour

There Was an Old Blog TourDRAGON cover

Want to be a Dragon groupie? Follow Dragon’s blog tour.

Check out these stops.

Tuesday, July 14th-Today Dragon is all over the place. He’s with Carrie Charley Brown in a two-part interview that starts at Carrie On…Together, then continues to REFOREMO (Reading For Research Month) AND then he flies over to Picture Book Builders with Suzanne Slade.

Wednesday, July 15-Erik at This Kid Reviews Books

Friday, July 17-Susanna Leonard Hill at Susanna Leonard Hill

Tuesday, July 21-Jean Reidy at Jean Reidy

Friday, July 24-Kidlit411

Monday, July 27th-Robyn Campbell at Robyn Campbell

Saturday, August 1st-Julie Hedlund at 12 x 12

Monday through Friday, August 3rd-7th-EMUs Debuts

Tuesday, August 4th-Tara Lazar at Writing for Kids While Raising Them

Friday, August 7th-Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty

Monday, August 10th-Laura Sassie at Laura Sassi Tales

Friday, August 14th-Renee LaTulippe at No Water River

Iza Trapani and Stepson, Gabe

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just in case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a fifth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration last fall and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on the second Friday of each month (except this 2nd Friday). The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests. I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Today it is my pleasure to share a delightful collaboration by  . . .

Gabe and Iza-Great Stepson and Grateful StepmomIza and stepson

When Penny asked me to participate in this wonderful series, I immediately thought of my stepson, Gabe, who came into my life when he was sixteen and is now a thirty-five year old doctor of physics. He’s always had a brilliant mathematical mind coupled with a strong creative side. The art of origami was a good fit for him and as a child he quickly took to it and became quite accomplished, participating even in a national competition when he was nine. Not only did he have to come up with an original design (a dragon), he also had to do them from memory. He made a ground beetle which had something like 300 folds and 50 steps to memorize!

Here are a few of his creations (not original designs):

origami designs

Origami by Gabe

I thought a haiku would be appropriate to complement the origami, though I rarely write haikus. I’m more of a rhyming fool :-). Of course, as soon as I wrote the lines (beginning of March,) I started tweaking each word. In the following days, I badgered my patient husband to listen to the different versions-usually it was a change of one or maybe two words. Then I told him, “There’s really no hurry on this. Penny doesn’t need it until mid June.” To which he exclaimed, “Oh, God! Send it!” And so I did. (Iza sent this April 17 🙂 )

Iza’s Haiku

Slide1Gabe’s Crane

paper crane

Crane by Gabe

Thank you so much for inviting me , Penny!

You’re so welcome, Iza. Your haiku and Gabe’s origami add a very special episode to the series. Thanks for being a part.


Meet Iza: When Iza Trapani immigrated to America from Poland when she was seven, her relatives gave her a Mother Goose collection. Little did she know, as she was learning English through the rhymes, that someday she would be retelling them in picture books. Iza is the author and illustrator of a best- selling series of nursery rhyme extensions, in which she starts with the traditional verse then adds additional stanzas to create a story. Among her titles are The Itsy Bitsy Spider (which was featured on PBS Storytime), Row Row Row Your Boat, Froggie Went A-Courtin’, The Bear Went Over the Mountain and many more. Her books have received the IRA/CBC Children’s Choice Awards, Bank Street Best Books of the Year, ABA Pick of the Lists and the Oppenheim Toy Portolio Gold Book Awards. Most importantly, her books are widely used in schools and libraries to help children learn to read. Iza’s 24th book, Old King Cole, will be released on August 4th, 2015 and she has two more titles in the works for 2016 and 2017 publication.
Learn more about Iza here:
Iza’s Website
Blog:In and Out of My Studio
Facebook: Iza Trapani Author/Illustrator
Twitter @IzaTrapani


Katie at The Logonauts has the Poetry Friday Roundup. poetry friday button

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt-Landon and Penny

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just In case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a fifth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration last fall and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on the second Friday of the month…except for today.

We switched to the first week this month because Landon has been drawing the Statue of Liberty. We have two of his drawings today. His drawings inspired my poem, Liberty. Being that the Fourth of July is tomorrow it seemed the perfect week for this post.

I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

The Art

Statue of Liberty #1-Time Lapse Drawing by Landon

Statue of Liberty #2-Drawing by Landon
Statue of Liberty

Art by Landon

The PoemSlide1

Thanks for joining us today. We hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July. See you next week for another guest collaboration.


Donna Smith at Mainely Write has the Poetry Friday Roundup this week. Head on over for a poetry-filled Friday.poetry friday button