A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt Guests-Nancy Tupper Ling and Her Daughter, Sarah

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Violet at Violet Nesdoly | poems is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

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 seventh-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 one 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 . . .

Nancy Tupper Ling and Her Daughter, Sarah

Just so you know, today is Nancy’s birthday!

Happy Birthday, Nancy

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Sarah’s Art
“Raining Noodles”

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art by Sarah

And here is a photo of the collaborators dressed up for Trunk or Treat/Halloween. Nancy and Sarah rock the Brit Lit characters. 🙂nancyandsarah-copy

Many thanks to Nancy and Sarah for sharing their talents with us today.


Meet Nancy: Nancy Tupper Ling is a children’s author, poet, and librarian. She is the author of Double Happiness (Chronicle Books), The Story I’ll Tell (Lee & Low Books) and My Sister, Alicia May (Pleasant St Press). The Ying Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful will be published in 2018 by Putnam. For more information, visit her website at www.NancyTupperLing.com.

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Landon and Penny

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Keri at Keri Recommends is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.


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 seventh-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.

The Poem

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The Artbutterfly-drawing

As usual, Landon has outdone himself! His drawing has its own story to tell and has so much personality. Don’t forget to look for Landon’s hidden object in his drawing. If you need help, I did a post with a riddle that should help. Click HERE to view that post.

Thanks so much for joining us today. I appreciate all of you who read this series. See you next week when I’ll have guest collaborators.

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt Guests-Rebecca Gomez and Her Niece, Rebekah

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Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

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 seventh-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 one 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 . . .

Rebecca Gomez and Her Niece, Rebekah

From Rebecca: I have 27 nieces and nephews, so it was bit of a challenge to choose one of them! But after some deliberation, I asked my niece Rebekah, who is twelve, to collaborate with me on this project. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about, so I asked her if she would draw some kind of wintry scene, and I would write a poem to go with it. I was delighted when her mom sent me this adorable drawing!

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Rebecca’s Poem

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Many thanks to Rebecca and Rebekah for sharing their talents with us today.


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Meet Rebekah: Rebekah is a creative 12-year-old girl who loves to draw and knit. She also bakes a pretty mean cookie!

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Meet Rebecca: Rebecca J. Gomez is a children’s book author and poet who loves to write in rhyme! She is the co-author, along with Corey Rosen Schwartz, of two rhyming picture books: WHAT ABOUT MOOSE? and HENSEL AND GRETEL: NINJA CHICKS. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, baking, watching movies, and dragging her family into the woods for a hike.
Twitter: @gomezwrites

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Kennedy and Penny

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Jone at Check It Out is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

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 seventh-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.

My great niece, Kennedy, is collaborating with me today. It’s her first time in the series and I’m excited to share her talent.

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Kennedy’s Art
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Art by Kennedy

 

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Thanks so much for joining us today. I appreciate all of you who read this series. See you next week when I’ll have guest collaborators.

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Matt Forrest Esenwine and His Daughter, Katherine

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

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 seventh-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 one 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 . . .

Matt Forrest Esenwine and His Daughter, Katherine

From Matt: I looked at Katherine’s art and immediately thought of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot – which is a never-ending storm – but then thought it was too beautiful to be a storm. From there, as they say, the poem wrote itself!

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Many thanks to Matt and Katherine for sharing their talents with us today.


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Meet Matt: Matt Forrest Esenwine has had several adult poems published in independent collections around the country, including the Tall Grass Writers Guild’s Seasons of Change, Trigger Warning: Poetry Saved My Life, and The 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly, and others. In 2012 his poem, “Apple-Stealing,” was nominated by the Young Adult Review Network (YARN) for a Pushcart Prize.
Matt’s children’s poetry can be found in numerous anthologies, including Kenn Nesbitt’s One Minute till Bedtime (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016), Lee Bennett Hopkins’ Lullaby and Kisses Sweet (Abrams Appleseed, 2015), and J. Patrick Lewis’ The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015), among others, as well as “Highlights for Kids” magazine. Matt’s two debut picture books, Flashlight Night (Boyd’s Mills Press), and Don’t Ask a Dinosaur (Pow! Kids Books), are scheduled for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 releases, respectively.

Matt Forrest Esenwine
(603) 660-6989
matt@mattforrest.com

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Ken Slesarik and His Daughter, Catherine

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Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

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 seventh-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 one 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 . . .

Ken Slesarik and His Daughter, Catherine

From Ken: As far as the collaboration process, at first I tried to write a poem that matched a beautiful drawing that Catherine had done. The problem was I kept going towards subtle humor and that just did not do the beautiful art justification as that particular piece called for a more moving, less humorous approach. So then we went with plan B where I mentioned to Catherine a poem I was working on and then I asked her to draw something she thought would work with what I was trying to do. When we were both done I was very pleased with the results and feel the art and poem complement each other much like an illustration in a book. We hope you enjoy our efforts.

Catherine and Ken’s Collaboration

Art by Catherine Slesarik

Art by Catherine Slesarik (click to enlarge)

      My Favorite Train Car?
 
The railroad engine, red and bright?
Is this the one I choose tonight?
I can’t decide, oh what’s the use?
I guess I’ll pick the blue caboose?
 
I feel a tug within myself
then take the engine off the shelf
and put it back to call a truce
but pick again the blue caboose.
 

Each night I try without much gain.
I just can’t choose betwixt the twain. 

I can’t decide, I’ve no excuse.
The engine or the blue caboose?

© 2016 by Ken Slesarik All Rights Reserved

Many thanks to Ken and Catherine for sharing their talents with us today.

ken-and-catherine-slesarik-ppk-blog-post-copyMeet Catherine: Catherine Slesarik is an award winning artist and collage student from Arizona. She enjoys sharing her talents with people of all ages. An avid reader and science buff, Catherine plans to incorporate science in her work as a children’s illustrator to inspire girls and women everywhere.

 
Meet Ken: Ken Slesarik is an elementary school teacher and children’s poet from Phoenix, Arizona. His “Heroes and Poets” assembly program has been well received by teachers, students, parents and administrators. When not teaching or visiting schools Ken writes poetry for children with poems published in several world-wide anthologies and magazines. Ken’s mission is to empower students through the medium of poetry and he is a poetry advocate to children and teachers alike.

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Klaire and Penny

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Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

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 seventh-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.

My great niece, Klaire, is collaborating with me today. She is one of Landon’s sisters. She’s been in the series before and I’m excited to share more of her work with you.

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Klaire’s Art

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art by Klaire

Thanks so much for joining us today. I appreciate all of you who read this series. See you next week when I’ll have guest collaborators.