A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Brenda Harsham and Son, Kyle

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)

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 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 a creative collaboration from . . .

Brenda Harsham and Her Son, Kyle

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The Art

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Art by Kyle

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Many thanks to Brenda and Kyle for sharing their talents with us today!


Meet Kyle: Kyle drew this from his imagination. Kyle is a middle schooler with a penchant for art and mischief. He likes to laugh, take photographs, watch movies, play Minecraft and hang out with his friends.

Meet Brenda: Brenda added words, to suit Kyle, the explorer. Brenda is an author, a photographer, a poet, a blogger and a chocolate fiend. She’s a member of SCBWI-NE and the 12×12 Picture Book Challenge. Find Brenda here.
Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup has 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-Robyn Hood Black and her Niece, Sara

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)

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 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 a creative collaboration from . . .

Robyn Hood Black and her Niece, Sara

From Robyn: I’m delighted to drop in for this series, Penny – Thanks so much for including me and a couple of family members!

I’m lucky to have two little great-nephews (if I’ve got the family-relations terminology right), one on each side of the family. For this post I thought it would be fun to include one of them, and a piece of artwork that my niece (husband’s sister’s daughter) created of him recently. Her name is Sara, and the adorable subject, Carter, is HER nephew, first child of her older sister, Abbie.

The Art

About this work: “The drawing is ink and watercolor on paper,” Sara says. “I usually tend to gravitate toward abstraction but I was reminded of the cathartic experience of painting from life. My nephew Carter is just full of life and personality, constantly surprising us with his wit, curiosity and intellect. He’s growing and changing so quickly and I wanted to try to capture how he is in this moment, to immortalize this moment before it slips away.”

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Art ©Sara Stansell Clark. All rights reserved.

From Robyn: Here’s my poem to go along with Sara’s lovely drawing.
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For a wee bit more fun, I thought we might enjoy some artwork by Carter, who has just turned two this month.

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Art by Carter

I asked Carter’s dad, Blake, if he could wrangle an artist’s statement out of his talented son. This is what he tells me the young artist had to say:

Hello, my name is Carter… But like everyone else, you can call me – “CARTER!!!” This piece is influenced by early Walt Disney character renderings… pre fame and notoriety. (Specifically when Walt was 2 years old, like me.)

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Many thanks to Robyn, Sara, and Carter for sharing their talents with us today!


Meet Sara: Sara Stansell Clark graduated in 2012 with a BFA in drawing and painting with a secondary emphasis in fabric design and art history from The University of Georgia. You can find more art at her website: sarastansellart.weebly.com

She’s currently Assistant Business Manager at North Hills Club in Raleigh, NC, wife of Will, and puppy mother to Bear.


Meet Robyn: Robyn Hood Black is a poet, children’s author, and artist hanging with the Spanish moss in coastal South Carolina. Her poetry appears in The Poetry Friday Anthology series by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong (Pomelo Books), Georgia Heard’s The Arrow Finds Its Mark (Roaring Brook), and Lee Bennett Hopkins’s Lullaby and Kisses Sweet (Abrams) as well as in Ladybug,Hopscotch, and in leading haiku journals including Frogpond and Modern Haiku. Highlights has published her fiction. Her first two books were Sir Mike (Scholastic Library) and Wolves (Intervisual Books). She also creates “literary art with a vintage vibe” through her art business & Etsy shop, artsyletters. You can find Robyn here:
Website: robynhoodblack.com
Etsy Shop: http://artsyletters.com/


Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty has 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: Landon and Penny

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.

By the way, April is National Poetry Month, so Happy National Poetry Month!

It’s the second Friday of the month so and Landon and I are collaborating. Enjoy!

The Poem

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The Art

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Art by Landon

Special Treat: Time Lapse of Landon at Work

As usual, Landon’s illustration made a splash! with me 😀 And his hidden object is easily found this week. I guess he thought we all needed a break after searching for eight of the hidden object in the last episode involving a shopping spider!

Thanks so much for joining us today. I appreciate all of you who follow this series. See you next week for more collaboration.


Laura Purdie Salas at Writing the World for Kids has 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

2016 Kidlitopshere Progressive Poem Progresses to Penny

Happy National Poetry Month!
Happy 2016 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem!

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The Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem is hosted by poet, Irene Latham. Irene had this brilliant idea in 2012 and every year since words have wandered from poet to poet all through the month of April. A progressive poem is more delicious than a progressive dinner because the words are here to savor and enjoy over and over again. How does it work? Each day of the month, the poem lands at a different blog with a different poet adding a line. To follow the progress of the poem refer to the links listed in this post. I’ve also added them to my sidebar for easy reference.

Here are the first four lines of the poem from Laura Purdie Salas, Joy Acey, Doraine Bennett, and Diane Mayr.

A squall of hawk wings stirs the sky
A hummingbird holds and then hies
If I could fly, I’d choose to be
Sailing through a forest of poet-trees

When I read Diane’s line I felt the end of a stanza. I’m going to add a line break and start a new stanza. But the fun of a progressive poem is, that as it progresses, each poet can change things up. So I realize my line break may or may not remain.
Also, when I read Diane’s line I thought of two directions that I could take the poem. I could keep flying and start a new stanza with birds in mind. Or I could start a new stanza introducing new creatures. Of course, I had other choices but from the minute I read Laura’s first line, I imagined 30 lines wandering through nature and enjoying the wonder. Joy continued with another bird. And Doraine’s line had me imagining I was a bird—a part of nature. Diane’s line enhanced the wonder of a bird’s-eye view, but I felt new creatures on the horizon.

I’m adding my line and passing this on to Carol Varsalona at Beyond LiteracyLink.

A squall of hawk wings stirs the sky
A hummingbird holds and then hies
If I could fly, I’d choose to be
Sailing through a forest of poet-trees

A cast of crabs engraves the sand

If you’d like to follow the progressive poem, here is the list of contributing poets.

Happy National Poetry Month!
Happy 2016 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem!

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1 Laura at Writing the World for Kids
2 Joy at Joy Acey
3 Doraine at Dori Reads
4 Diane at Random Noodling
5 Penny at A Penny and Her Jots
6 Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink
7 Liz at Elizabeth Steinglass
8 Janet F. at Live Your Poem
9 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
10 Pat at Writer on a Horse
11 Buffy at Buffy’s Blog
12 Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty
13 Linda at TeacherDance
14 Jone at Deo Writer
15 Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme
16 Violet at Violet Nesdoly
17 Kim at Flukeprints
18 Irene at Live Your Poem
19 Charles at Poetry Time
20 Ruth at There is No Such Thing as a Godforsaken Town
21 Jan at Bookseedstudio
22 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
23 Ramona at Pleasures from the Page
24 Amy at The Poem Farm
25 Mark at Jackett Writes
26 Renee at No Water River
27 Mary Lee at Poetrepository
28 Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe
29 Sheila at Sheila Renfro
30 Donna at Mainely Write

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt-Guests Laura Purdie Salas and Niece, Lily

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)

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  . . .

Laura Purdie Salas and her 10-year old niece, Lily

Laura said: I gave Lily four or five poems to choose from, and she chose “Things To Do If You Are a Tree.” This was fun for me because I got to see her notes on my poem (she picked up on the seasonal progression, which I was hoping readers would do), a rough pencil sketch, a colored first draft, and then her final art! I loved seeing someone else’s artistic process.

The Poem

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Lily’s Art

Art by Lily

Art by Lily

Here is photo of the talented collaborators.

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It was such a treat to have Laura and Lily on the blog today. I have been a fan of Laura, her blog, and her books for quite a while.

photo by Katherine Warde

photo by Katherine Warde

Meet Laura: Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 120 books for kids and teens, including A ROCK CAN BE…, WATER CAN BE…, A LEAF CAN BE… (Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers’ Choice, Riverby Award, and more), and BOOKSPEAK! POEMS ABOUT BOOKS (NCTE Notable, Bank Street Best Book, Eureka! Gold Medal, and more). She loves to get kids excited about poetry, help teachers use poetry and mentor texts in the classroom, and help writers build writing careers.And sign up for her E-letter for writers HERE. To learn more about Laura and her work visit her in these places.
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Also, if you need advice about writing and publishing, be sure to check out Laura’s Mentors for Rent.  Mentors for Rent


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A ROCK CAN BE . . .  is Laura’s most recent book. Be sure to visit her website to learn more about all of her books.

Now it’s time to head on over to Ellen Leventhal’s blog, Elementary Dear Reader, for the Poetry Friday Roundup.poetry friday button

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt-Guests Diana Murray and Daughters, Kate and Jane

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)

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  . . .

Diana Murray and Daughters, Kate and Jane

Thank you, Penny, for inviting me to guest post. I love the concept of this series and I’ve really been enjoying all the pairings!

The first illustration I chose, and the accompanying poem, were inspired by my nine-year-old daughter’s beloved pet.

Kate, has always had a passion for art, whether drawing, sculpting, or crafting of any kind. Perhaps what impresses me most, is her ability to create original characters. These characters don’t just exist on the page. They have entire backstories, quirks, and mannerisms. For example, there’s “Buff Chipmunk”, who has rock-hard abs, a squeaky voice, and an obsession with doing things “to the extreme!” And then there’s “Mr. Higglesbee”, a teacher who enjoys giving long, monotone lectures on the history of the blanket.

And now, here is Beardie.

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And here is a second rendition of the character, as well as a photo of Kate’s muse.

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My younger daughter, who just turned six, doesn’t enjoy sitting around for long. And her energy and exuberance always comes across in her art! I think Jane especially likes drawing monsters and aliens because they allow her freedom of expression. She has affectionately named this monster “Larry”.

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In short, there’s no lack of inspiration at my house. Both of my daughters inspire me daily with their creativity and imagination. In fact, kids in general inspire me, and that’s one reason why I love my job so much!

Many thanks to Diana, Kate, and Jane for sharing their creative collaboration with us today! This was a triple treat 🙂


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Diana Murray is an award-winning poet and picture book author. Her forthcoming books include NED THE KNITTING PIRATE (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, 2016), GRIMELDA THE VERY MESSY WITCH (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, 2016), and CITY SHAPES (Little, Brown, 2016). Her poems have appeared in magazines including Highlights and Spider and in the recently released POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY: CELEBRATIONS (edited by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell). For more information and news, please visit: http://www.dianamurray.com or follow Diana on Twitter at @DianaMWrites


Have any of you been wondering what Poetry Friday is all about? My friend, Renée LaTulippe, explains it all as she hosts the Poetry Friday Roundup today at No Water River.

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Progressive Poem 2015 Progresses to Penny

Happy National Poetry Month!
and
Happy 2015 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem
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The Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem is hosted by poet, Irene Latham. Irene had this brilliant idea in 2012 and each year since words have wandered from poet to poet all through the month of April. A progressive poem is more delicious than a progressive dinner because the words are here to savor and enjoy over and over again. How does it work? Each day of the month, the poem lands at a different blog with a different poet adding a line. Here are the first nineteen lines of the poem along with my addition for line 20.

She lives without a net, walking along the alluvium of the delta.
Shoes swing over her shoulder, on her bare feet stick jeweled flecks of dark mica.

Hands faster than fish swing at the ends of bare brown arms. Her hair flows,
snows in wild wind as she digs in the indigo varnished handbag,

pulls out her grandmother’s oval cuffed bracelet,
strokes the turquoise stones, and steps through the curved doorway.

Tripping on her tail she slips hair first down the slide… splash!
She glides past glossy water hyacinth to shimmer with a school of shad,

listens to the ibises roosting in the trees of the cypress swamp
an echo of Grandmother’s words, still fresh in her windswept memory.

Born from the oyster, expect the pearl.
Reach for the rainbow reflection on the smallest dewdrop.

The surface glistens, a shadow slips above her head, a paddle dips
she reaches, seizes. She’s electric energy and turquoise eyes.

Lifted high, she gulps strange air – stares clearly into
Green pirogue, crawfish trap, startled fisherman

with turquoise eyes, twins of her own, riveted on her wrist–
She’s swifter than a dolphin, slipping away, leaving him only a handful of

memories of his own grandmother’s counsel: Watch for her. You’ll have but one chance to
determine—to decide. Garner wisdom from the water and from the pearl of the past.

And tomorrow Tara at A Teaching Life will take us one line further . . . one line closer. Other contributors are listed below.

Just for fun, you can click HERE if you’d like to read the progressive poems from 2012-2014.

1 Jone at Check it Out
2 Joy at Poetry for Kids Joy
3 Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe
4 Laura at Writing the World for Kids
5 Charles at Poetry Time Blog
6 Ramona at Pleasures from the Page
7 Catherine at Catherine Johnson
8 Irene at Live Your Poem
9 Mary Lee at Poetrepository
10 Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty
11 Kim at Flukeprints
12 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
13 Doraine at DoriReads
14 Renee at No Water River
15 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
16 Ruth at There is No Such Thing as a Godforsaken Town
17 Buffy at Buffy’s Blog
18 Sheila at Sheila Renfro
19 Linda at Teacher Dance
20 Penny at A Penny and her Jots
21 Tara at A Teaching Life
22 Pat at Writer on a Horse
23 Tamera at The Writer’s Whimsy
24 Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect
25 Tabatha at The Opposite of indifference
26 Brian at Walk the Walk
27 Jan at Bookseedstudio
28 Amy at The Poem Farm
29 Donna at Mainely Write
30 Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme