A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, Friends

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 . . .

Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell

From Janet: Which came first, the photo or the poem? The photo. It’s one of many taken by Sylvia at the North Carolina State Fair last month, when she was visiting NC as a featured speaker at their state school library conference. Sylvia’s father was a professional photographer, and she has always loved taking photos. In fact, for our ebooks P*TAG (PoetryTagTime Book 2) and Gift Tag (PoetryTagTime Book 3) poets chose from dozens of photos taken by Sylvia and wrote poems about them—a neat exercise in ekphrastic poetry!

Sylvia’s Photograph

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Photograph by Sylvia Vardell

Janet’s poem, in the voice of the big pumpkin.Slide1

Many thanks to Janet and Sylvia for sharing their special collaboration with us today. It’s perfect for getting us in the mood for pumpkin pie.


Janet and Sylvia ALL PFA books cropped copyMeet Sylvia and Janet

Sylvia Vardell is Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She has published extensively, including five books on literature for children and over 100 journal articles. Her current work focuses on poetry for children, including a regular blog, PoetryforChildren. She is also the regular “Everyday Poetry” columnist for ALA’s BookLinks magazine and the 2014 recipient of the ALA Scholastic Library Publishing Award.
Janet Wong is a former lawyer whose dramatic career change has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN’s Paula Zahn Show, and Radical Sabbatical. She is the author of 30 books for children and teens on a wide variety of subjects, including writing and revision, dumpster diving, diversity, and chess. A frequent speaker at schools, Wong is active in the ILA Literacy & Social Responsibility SIG and the NCTE Children’s Literature Assembly.
Together, Vardell and Wong are the creative forces behind The Poetry Friday Anthology series, launched in 2012 and used in thousands of school districts nationwide.

The latest in the series is The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations.pfac cover with border copy


Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect 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


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 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.

Since it’s a second Friday, Landon and I are up! Today is a special post for me because I’m featuring my poem that is published in the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations. There are several Poetry Friday Anthologies and they are wonderful. Not only do they include a ton of amazing poetry by a variety of amazing poets, but I believe they’re a must-have tool for teachers sharing poetry with students.poetry friday celebrations

So is there a particular reason that I’m sharing my poem today? Why, yes, there is! 😀 Did you know that November 16th is a day to celebrate buttons? That’s just three days from now. And it just so happens that my poem was written for National Button Day. And it just so happens that Landon did an amazing job of capturing the mood with his illustration. I’m not surprised because he sure has that knack.

The Poem

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The Art

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Art by Landon

Today I have a little bit extra. Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell are the brains behind the Poetry Friday Anthologies. They created an adorable graphic for National Button Day and I get to share it here today.klostermann buttons jpeg copy

Thanks so much for joining us today. I appreciate all of you who read this series. Oh! For those of you wondering . . . yes, Landon did include his secret hidden object in his art for today’s episode. See you next week for more collaboration 🙂

If you’d like to celebrate buttons for a few more minutes, Jama Rattigan featured my poem on her blog and the post is delightful! You can find it right HERE.


Thanks to Bridget Magee for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup at wee words for wee ones. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button

Happy 10th Blogiversary to Irene Latham—A Wild Celebration!

Today I’m helping poet, Irene Latham, celebrate her blogiversary. It’s the BIG 10. Irene’s “one little word” for this year is “wild” so how fitting that she has a Wild Roundup over at her blog. I met Irene online and am wild about her poetry!

In saying congrats to Irene, I want to reshare a poem I wrote which was inspired by rabbit tracks in the wild.Hare_tracks_on_snow

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Happy 10 Blogiversary, Irene 🙂

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Rosi Hollinbeck and Granddaughter, Gracie

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 . . .

Rosi Hollinbeck and Granddaughter, Gracie

Gracie’s pottery was the inspiration for Rosi’s poem. Rosi said, “It just kept nagging at me to write about it as it sat on the sideboard in our dining room.”

Gracie looks very happy to be in this creative space.

Gracie

Gracie ready to create.

Gracie’s Pottery

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Rosi’s PoemSlide1

Many thanks to Rosi and Gracie for sharing their special collaboration with us today 😀


Gracie with ukelele

Meet Gracie: Gracie Anderson just turned ten this summer and is quite the artist and musician, presently learning to play ukulele. She attends a charter school for the fine and performing arts, Creative Connections Arts Academy in North Highlands, CA. Gracie is in 5th grade and sings in the choir. She also takes clay classes at the Mud Hut in Grass Valley, CA and loves working with clay, painting with acrylics and water colors, drawing, and writing.


Rosi

Meet Rosi: Proud grandmother Rosi Hollinbeck spends most of her time writing for young people, but also writes adult fiction. Her work has appeared in Highlights for Children and High Five magazines. Her story-poem The Monster Hairy Brown was published by London publisher, Thynks, in their anthology 50 Funny Poems for Children. She also writes book reviews for San Francisco, Manhattan, Tulsa, and Portland Book Reviewsspecializing in children’s books. She blogs at The Write Stuff and has a giveaway of a book almost every week.


Thanks to Katya Czaja for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup at Write. Sketch.Repeat.. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button