A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Jennifer Cole Judd and Daughter, Anna

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)

Happy National Poetry Month!

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’s my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Jennifer Cole Judd and Her Daughter, Anna

From Jennifer: Anna loves drawing, particularly, flowers.  She added a little special guest for this piece. A flower home for a frog seemed like pretty posh real estate to me, which sparked the inspiration for my poem.

The Art

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Art by Anna

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Many thanks to Jennifer and Anna for sharing their talents with us today!


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Meet Anna: Anna is an amazing 8th grader, whose talents include art, music, and writing.  She loves composing stories and piano pieces, drawing, painting, and playing percussion.


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Meet Jennifer: Jennifer Cole Judd writes poems and picture books for children, when she’s not juggling life with her five energetic kids. Her poems and stories have appeared in children’s magazines including Cricket, Spider, and Highlights High Five. She coedited and contributed to An Eyeball in My GardenAnd Other Spine-Tingling Poems (Two Lions Publishing), a spooky middle-grade poetry anthology.  Her first picture book,Circus Train (Two Lions) debuted in March 2015.  Learn more: www.jennifercolejudd.com.


Buffy at Buffy’s Blog 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, Guests-Brenda Harsham and Son, Kyle

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)

Happy National Poetry Month!

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’s my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Brenda Harsham and Her Son, Kyle

The PoemSlide1

The Art

Kyle's drawing

Art by Kyle

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Many thanks to Brenda and Kyle for sharing their talents with us today!


Meet Kyle: Kyle drew this from his imagination. Kyle is a middle schooler with a penchant for art and mischief. He likes to laugh, take photographs, watch movies, play Minecraft and hang out with his friends.

Meet Brenda: Brenda added words, to suit Kyle, the explorer. Brenda is an author, a photographer, a poet, a blogger and a chocolate fiend. She’s a member of SCBWI-NE and the 12×12 Picture Book Challenge. Find Brenda here.
Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup 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, Guests-Robyn Hood Black and her Niece, Sara

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)

Happy National Poetry Month!

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’s my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Robyn Hood Black and her Niece, Sara

From Robyn: I’m delighted to drop in for this series, Penny – Thanks so much for including me and a couple of family members!

I’m lucky to have two little great-nephews (if I’ve got the family-relations terminology right), one on each side of the family. For this post I thought it would be fun to include one of them, and a piece of artwork that my niece (husband’s sister’s daughter) created of him recently. Her name is Sara, and the adorable subject, Carter, is HER nephew, first child of her older sister, Abbie.

The Art

About this work: “The drawing is ink and watercolor on paper,” Sara says. “I usually tend to gravitate toward abstraction but I was reminded of the cathartic experience of painting from life. My nephew Carter is just full of life and personality, constantly surprising us with his wit, curiosity and intellect. He’s growing and changing so quickly and I wanted to try to capture how he is in this moment, to immortalize this moment before it slips away.”

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Art ©Sara Stansell Clark. All rights reserved.

From Robyn: Here’s my poem to go along with Sara’s lovely drawing.
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For a wee bit more fun, I thought we might enjoy some artwork by Carter, who has just turned two this month.

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Art by Carter

I asked Carter’s dad, Blake, if he could wrangle an artist’s statement out of his talented son. This is what he tells me the young artist had to say:

Hello, my name is Carter… But like everyone else, you can call me – “CARTER!!!” This piece is influenced by early Walt Disney character renderings… pre fame and notoriety. (Specifically when Walt was 2 years old, like me.)

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Many thanks to Robyn, Sara, and Carter for sharing their talents with us today!


Meet Sara: Sara Stansell Clark graduated in 2012 with a BFA in drawing and painting with a secondary emphasis in fabric design and art history from The University of Georgia. You can find more art at her website: sarastansellart.weebly.com

She’s currently Assistant Business Manager at North Hills Club in Raleigh, NC, wife of Will, and puppy mother to Bear.


Meet Robyn: Robyn Hood Black is a poet, children’s author, and artist hanging with the Spanish moss in coastal South Carolina. Her poetry appears in The Poetry Friday Anthology series by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong (Pomelo Books), Georgia Heard’s The Arrow Finds Its Mark (Roaring Brook), and Lee Bennett Hopkins’s Lullaby and Kisses Sweet (Abrams) as well as in Ladybug,Hopscotch, and in leading haiku journals including Frogpond and Modern Haiku. Highlights has published her fiction. Her first two books were Sir Mike (Scholastic Library) and Wolves (Intervisual Books). She also creates “literary art with a vintage vibe” through her art business & Etsy shop, artsyletters. You can find Robyn here:
Website: robynhoodblack.com
Etsy Shop: http://artsyletters.com/


Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty 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.

By the way, April is National Poetry Month, so Happy National Poetry Month!

It’s the second Friday of the month so and Landon and I are collaborating. Enjoy!

The Poem

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The Art

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Art by Landon

Special Treat: Time Lapse of Landon at Work

As usual, Landon’s illustration made a splash! with me 😀 And his hidden object is easily found this week. I guess he thought we all needed a break after searching for eight of the hidden object in the last episode involving a shopping spider!

Thanks so much for joining us today. I appreciate all of you who follow this series. See you next week for more collaboration.


Laura Purdie Salas at Writing the World for Kids 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

2016 Kidlitopshere Progressive Poem Progresses to Penny

Happy National Poetry Month!
Happy 2016 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem!

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The Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem is hosted by poet, Irene Latham. Irene had this brilliant idea in 2012 and every year since words have wandered from poet to poet all through the month of April. A progressive poem is more delicious than a progressive dinner because the words are here to savor and enjoy over and over again. How does it work? Each day of the month, the poem lands at a different blog with a different poet adding a line. To follow the progress of the poem refer to the links listed in this post. I’ve also added them to my sidebar for easy reference.

Here are the first four lines of the poem from Laura Purdie Salas, Joy Acey, Doraine Bennett, and Diane Mayr.

A squall of hawk wings stirs the sky
A hummingbird holds and then hies
If I could fly, I’d choose to be
Sailing through a forest of poet-trees

When I read Diane’s line I felt the end of a stanza. I’m going to add a line break and start a new stanza. But the fun of a progressive poem is, that as it progresses, each poet can change things up. So I realize my line break may or may not remain.
Also, when I read Diane’s line I thought of two directions that I could take the poem. I could keep flying and start a new stanza with birds in mind. Or I could start a new stanza introducing new creatures. Of course, I had other choices but from the minute I read Laura’s first line, I imagined 30 lines wandering through nature and enjoying the wonder. Joy continued with another bird. And Doraine’s line had me imagining I was a bird—a part of nature. Diane’s line enhanced the wonder of a bird’s-eye view, but I felt new creatures on the horizon.

I’m adding my line and passing this on to Carol Varsalona at Beyond LiteracyLink.

A squall of hawk wings stirs the sky
A hummingbird holds and then hies
If I could fly, I’d choose to be
Sailing through a forest of poet-trees

A cast of crabs engraves the sand

If you’d like to follow the progressive poem, here is the list of contributing poets.

Happy National Poetry Month!
Happy 2016 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem!

2016 KIDLITOSPHERE PROGRESSIVE POEM

1 Laura at Writing the World for Kids
2 Joy at Joy Acey
3 Doraine at Dori Reads
4 Diane at Random Noodling
5 Penny at A Penny and Her Jots
6 Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink
7 Liz at Elizabeth Steinglass
8 Janet F. at Live Your Poem
9 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
10 Pat at Writer on a Horse
11 Buffy at Buffy’s Blog
12 Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty
13 Linda at TeacherDance
14 Jone at Deo Writer
15 Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme
16 Violet at Violet Nesdoly
17 Kim at Flukeprints
18 Irene at Live Your Poem
19 Charles at Poetry Time
20 Ruth at There is No Such Thing as a Godforsaken Town
21 Jan at Bookseedstudio
22 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
23 Ramona at Pleasures from the Page
24 Amy at The Poem Farm
25 Mark at Jackett Writes
26 Renee at No Water River
27 Mary Lee at Poetrepository
28 Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe
29 Sheila at Sheila Renfro
30 Donna at Mainely Write

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Charles Waters, His Niece, Amani, and His Nephew, Dane

 

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’s my pleasure to share two creative collaborations from . . .

Charles Waters, His Niece, Amani, and His Nephew, Dane

From Charles: I love my niece, Amani Gibson, and my nephew, Dane Syeer Saunders. They are smart, funny, lovely humans.  Both are the kids of my youngest sibling, Keri.  When Amani was little I called her my “little buddy,” and she called me her “big buddy.”  Dane, on the other hand, is tiny whirlwind who slips through your fingers if you try to catch him for a hug or kiss, so for now, we don’t talk as much.

Amani will be turning 14 years old on April 17th, so picture you see of her, and the paper plated creation she made, was when she was a wee one.

Dane’s one-eyed, feathered creation was made not too long ago, he’s still a wee one himself whose 3rd birthday is on April 5th.

It makes my heart happy to creatively share my children’s poems, written specifically, for the creations of Amani and Dane.  Both of them, as well as my other nieces and nephew, are superstars!!!

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Charles’s poem about Dane’s childhood creationSlide1

Photos of the young creators.

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Dane

Many thanks to Charles, Amani, and Dane for sharing their talents with us today!


Charles Waters Headshots 003Meet Charles: Charles Waters is a Children’s Poet, Actor and Educator who has performed in schools and universities across the country.  His work has appeared in various textbooks and anthologies including The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry edited by former Children’s Poet Laureate of the United States J. Patrick Lewis.

His first book It’s Not Black and White, co-written with Irene Latham, will be released by Milbrook Press in Fall 2017.

For more information please visit Charles in these places.
Website
Blog
Facebook Fan Page
Twitter
Instagram
Youtube channel

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