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!!!
Charles’s poem about Amani’s childhood creation
Charles’s poem about Dane’s childhood creation
Photos of the young creators.
Many thanks to Charles, Amani, and Dane for sharing their talents with us today!
Meet 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.
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.