A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Laura Shovan and Niece, Madeline

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 . . .

Laura Shovan and Niece, Madeline, Age 8

Madeline’s Art

Note: Madeline’s class was studying the artist Keith Haring.

Madeline Art copy

Art by Madeline

Laura’s Poem


A photo of the collaborators. The crown that Laura is wearing was made by Madeline. What a creative young lady! 🙂

Laura and Madeline

Laura and Madeline

Many thanks to Madeline and Laura for sharing such an energetic and sunny collaboration with us today.

Meet Laura: Laura Shovan is former editor for Little Patuxent Review and editor of two poetry anthologies. Her chapbook, Mountain, Log, Salt and Stone, won the inaugural Harriss Poetry Prize. Laura works with children as a poet-in-the-schools and is a Poetry Friday blogger. The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, her novel-in-verse for children, will be published in 2016 (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House). Laura blogs at www.laurashovan.com.

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