A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Kim Norman and Great Niece and Nephew, Beth Ann and Eric Woodruff

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 sixth-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 . . .

Kim Norman and Great Niece and Nephew, Beth Ann and Eric Woodruff 

From Kim: This slightly spooky poem from my files seems perfect for October. I asked my grand niece and nephew, Beth Ann and Eric Woodruff, if they’d be interested in illustrating it for me. My book, (coincidentally illustrated by Liza Woodruff, no relation) IF IT’S SNOWY AND YOU KNOW IT, CLAP YOUR PAWS, is dedicated to the Woodruffs, including their brother Sean. Beth Ann is also an amazing writer, and Eric always keeps me laughing. I’m only sorry I missed Sean, away on a camping trip, when I popped in for a visit in early October.

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Beth Ann hard at work on her illustration.Beth Ann copy

Art by Beth Ann

Art by Beth Ann

Art by Eric

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Art by Eric

Kim and Eric showcasing Eric’s creative illustration.kim & eric copy

Many thanks to Kim, Beth Ann, and Eric for sharing their special collaboration with us today. It was a triple treat!

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Meet Kim: Kim Norman is the author of more than a dozen children’s books published by Sterling, Scholastic and two Penguin imprints. Her newest “baby” is THIS OLD VAN, (Sterling Children’s Books), illustrated by Carolyn Conahan, about a pair of grandparents visiting their grandson in their happy hippy van. Kim maintains a website called Cool School Visits which is aimed at helping authors learn more about doing author school visits. http://www.coolschoolvisits.com  Kim is represented by the Andrea Brown Literary Agency in San Diego. Her author website is http://www.kimnormanbooks.com

Thanks to Amy Ludwig VanDerwater for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today at The Poem Farm.  If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

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28 thoughts on “A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Kim Norman and Great Niece and Nephew, Beth Ann and Eric Woodruff

    1. I’m so glad you dropped by, Kelly, This is such a fun episode and a great addition to the series. Be sure to check out the other creative collaborations by clicking on A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt on my top menu.


  1. For young kids, they might really wonder if a monster is in that dough-magical science! Love what pictures emerged from this delightful poem, “punched me back” the perfect “punch” line, as Penny said.

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      1. Sorry it has taken me so long to acknowledge your very kind response. I think I especially appreciate/admire your collaborative efforts since I have a very artistically talented granddaughter and every time I see your posts I think that I really should reach out to her—but don’t (haven’t yet….) God bless your great example! Thank you so much.

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  2. Such fun to think of yeast as a beast! I was always fascinated by that living food…and how dough jumps back at me. It looks like the artists had a great time with these rollicking words too! Happy Poetry Friday, and thank you, Penny, for bringing us this threesome! xo

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  3. This is such a creative ice and wonderful poem. Love the amazing artwork. Great collaboration here. Now i’m gonna go look at my toaster and my bread to see what’s up.

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