A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt-Guests Michelle Heidenrich Barnes and her 12-year-old daughter, Miranda

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 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 the collaborative team of . . .

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes and 12-year-old daughter, Miranda

Sharing a love of the arts, poetry, cats, and Twizzlers, they also both eat whimsy for breakfast… and sometimes for lunch and dinner too.

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Multigenerational Portrait, mixed media by Miranda Barnes, 2014

Michelle says, “Besides the heart-melting portrait above, one of my favorite Miranda masterpieces is this watercolor that she painted at summer art camp when she was ten.”

Miranda says, “It’s in the style of James Rizzi, but the bird and smiling stars watching over the city were my idea. I wanted to add something whimsical and beautiful to it.”

The Art


Untitled, watercolor by Miranda Barnes, 2013

The PoemSlide1

Many thanks to Michelle and Miranda for sharing their creative collaboration with us today! Clearly they’re an incredibly talented and creative pair.


Meet Miranda:
Miranda is a totally awesome 7th grader at the P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida, where her favorite subjects are art and performing arts, and she is on the literary magazine staff. In her free time, she is a member of the Girl Scout leadership team that plans camping trips and other events for scouts in the region. She also enjoys listening to music, reading, making jewelry, and, of course, drawing– especially people, animals, and comic strips. She writes poems occasionally, but prefers to illustrate them.

Meet Michelle: Michelle enjoyed several years as a successful writer of greeting card copy before following her bliss as a writer of children’s poetry and picture books. Her work appears in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations (ed. Vardell/Wong) and Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food and Agriculture Poems (ed. Hoyte), and will also appear in the forthcoming anthology One Minute Till Bedtime (Little, Brown, 2016), edited by U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt. Visit Michelle at her blog, Today’s Little Ditty, where she showcases contemporary children’s authors and offers monthly poetry challenges for anyone with a penchant for wordplay. Learn more about Michelle at her website, MichelleHBarnes.com.

Diane Mayr at Random Noodling has gather the link for the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE.poetry friday button