A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Kirsti Call and Son, James

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.

Kirsti Call is one of the collaborators today. If you follow the series you probably recognize her name. She has collaborated with her other four children in previous episodes. It has been delightful to feature this talented family as part of this series. Below I will have links to the other episodes featuring the Call Family.

Today it is my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Kirsti Call and her 14 year-old son, James

James’s Movie: Clouds

Artist Statement: The ever changing nature of clouds makes me think of how life gives us a fresh start every moment of every day.

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A photo of the collaborators.James and Kirsti Jan 2016 copy

Many thanks to James and Kirsti for sharing their talents with us today.


Photo by London

Photo by London

 

Meet James: James Call is a 14 year old boy who loves drumming, singing, and making movies.  You can follow him on YouTube, here.  Or Instagram, here.  He’s currently rehearsing for his role as Reverend Shaw in FOOTLOOSE for the local middle school.


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Meet Kirsti: Kirsti Call is a homeschooling mom of five. Her debut picture book, The Raindrop Who Couldn’t Fall, came out December 2013. Her family band, Calling Out, plays songs written by her children. She contributes to Writer’s Rumpus, Kids are Writers and Institute of Children’s Literature. If you visit her house, you’ll likely find her reading or writing. You can find out more about her at www.kirsticall.com or on Facebook or Twitter.


See all the Call Family Collaborations:

Episode 6: Kirsti Call and Daughter, Naomi
Episode 23: Kirsti Call and Daughter, Sydney
Episode 26: Kristi Call and Daughter, Sophia
Episode 34: Kirsti Call and Son, Sammy


Thanks to Elizabeth Steinglass for hosting 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-Kirsti Call and Son, Sammy

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 . . .

Kirsti Call and Son, Sammy

From Kirsti: Thanks for allowing me to participate in this. It’s so much fun to collaborate with my kids. Sammy is my youngest (5 years) and this is what he said about his painting:  “I painted these 3 robin eggs because I love them and they remind me of beginning again.”

Three Eggs in a Nest by Sammy

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Kirsti’s Poem

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And a special treat. The Call family is musically talented and today we get to hear Sammy starting off a family song with a solo.

A photo of the collaborators.sammy and sun and mommy

Many thanks to Sammy and Kirsti for sharing their talents with us today.


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Meet Sammy: Sammy Call is a 5 year-old kindergartener who loves asking questions, singing,  beatboxing and running circles around his parents and siblings.


Sammy and Mommy Thanksgiving

Meet Kirsti: Kirsti Call is a homeschooling mom of five.  Her debut picture book, The Raindrop Who Couldn’t Fall, came out December 2013. Her family band, Calling Out, plays songs written by her children. She contributes to Writer’s Rumpus, and Kids are Writers.  If you visit her house, you’ll likely find her reading or writing. You can find out more about her at www.kirsticall.com or on Facebook or Twitter.


Thanks to Tara for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup at A Teaching Life. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button

Kirsti Call and Daughter, Sydney

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 early in 2015. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on the second Friday of each month. The other Fridays I host 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 . . .

Kirsti Call and her daughter, Sydney

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Art by Sydney
Taking a Chance

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Art by Sydney Call

I have another special treat. Calling Out is the Call family band. Today we have the privilege of hearing Sydney sing a song she wrote when she was only 6 years old. She wrote the song after being bullied and it packs a powerful message. You can read more about it HERE. And notice that Mom is on guitar!

Many thanks to Kirsti and Sydney for sharing their talents with us today.


 

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Meet Sydney
: Sydney Call is an 9 year old artist, greek mythology enthusiast and backyard chicken farmer. When she was 6, she wrote a song that sparked the creation of the family band, Calling Out.  She plays the guitar and has read the entire Percy Jackson series at last 5 times.


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Meet Kirsti
: Kirsti Call is a homeschooling mom of five.  Her debut picture book, The Raindrop Who Couldn’tzFall, came out December 2013. Her family band, Calling Out, plays songs written by her children. She contributes to Writer’s Rumpus, and Kids are Writers.  If you visit her house, you’ll likely find her reading. You can find out more about her at www.kirsticall.com or on Facebook or Twitter

 


Thanks to Linda Baie for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup at Teacher Dance. 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 Kirsti Call and Daughter, Naomi

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

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 fifth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration last fall 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 welcome  . . .

Kirsti and Naomi Call!

Kirsti and Naomi are a mother daughter-team. One day they hope that Naomi will illustrate one of her Mom’s books!

“Tree of Life” by Naomi

Naomi's art

Art by Naomi Call

Kirsti’s Beautiful Poempoem on color no border

It looks like to me they’re well on their way to having a book together some day!

Not only is Naomi an artist, she is the lead singer in her band, Rock Solid. Enjoy this performance!

Many thanks to Kirsti and Naomi for sharing their collaboration with us today!


Naomi and KirstiMeet Kirsti: Kirsti Call is a homeschooling mom of five.  Her debut picture book, The Raindrop Who Couldn’t Fall, came out December 2013. Her family band, Calling Out, plays songs written by her children. She contributes to Writer’s Rumpus, and Kids are Writers.  If you visit her house, you’ll likely find her reading. You can find out more about her at www.kirsticall.com.

Meet Naomi: Naomi Call is an 11 year old artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist.  She has her own etsy shop where she sells art, jewelry and bags where 20% of the proceeds go to The African Library Project.  Naomi is also the lead singer in her band, Rock Solid.  She loves to read and write almost as much as her mom does!


Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has the Poetry Friday Roundup at her The Poem Farm today. What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than to check out the poetic offerings!

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