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

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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.

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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

55 thoughts on “Elaine Kiely Kearns and Tomie dePaola-Friends/Student/Teacher

  1. I had no idea that there was National Chocolate Cake Day. I have immediately put it on the calendar. Thanks to Elaine and Tomie for helping us celebrate today. A granddaughter’s birthday is very soon, think I might share that cake picture with her gift! And love ‘finger in the batter”-don’t we all dip in? Thank you Penny!

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  2. Thanks to Susanna Hill, I know it is perfectly OK to eat chocolate cake for breakfast. That’s exactly what I want to do after savoring this sweet treat this morning! Thanks for the crafty confection Elaine and Tomie!

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  3. I love this series, Penny. I struggle to keep up with my blog reading, and I’m even worse about commenting, so I wanted to make a point of letting you know I have my eye on it 😉 Fun poem, Elaine! Great inspiration, Tomie! I love seeing your art pop up on Facebook.

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    1. Alayne…I completely relate! I have an Inbox full of blog posts I need to get to. Thanks for letting me know you’re visiting. That means a lot. BTW, I mention your name in my Kidlit411 post 😀


  4. I love Elaine and everything she does! And everybody loves Tomie…soooo, what a winning combination! Elaine’s poem made me giggle out loud! I think I might have to bake today….mmmm!

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  5. Awesome poem, Elaine!! I especially loved, “finger in the batter”! I think all PB writers dream of having Tomie dePaola illustrate their work, no matter in what order it happens!!

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    1. I loved that line, too, Lori! It captures my childhood memories…oh who am I kidding?? I had my finger in the batter just this week when I made my pineapple cake with cream cheese frosting 😀


    1. Ah! So that’s what happened to my computer this morning! It was Catherine eating her way to my blog and then into my monitor! But it’s fixed now, Catherine…just don’t do it again ;D
      Just kidding! Thanks for coming by, Catherine!

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