A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt-Guests: Josh Funk and His Daughter, Chloe

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.

April is National Poetry Month! So  . . .

National Poetry Month brings poetry to the forefront. And if you’re looking for poetry for kids, the Poetry Friday Roundup is a great place to start. The roundup is at Teaching Authors today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

To find out how kidlit bloggers are celebrating poetry this month, head over to Jama’s Alphabet Soup where she’s rounded up links to a world of poetry fun.

Today it’s my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Josh Funk and His Daughter, Chloe (12 years old)

From Josh: We’re a cat family. And we like imagining what cats might do when people aren’t watching. So we have a running idea of a secret society of black cats who meet during the new moon and do secret things. They might seem nefarious at first, but they’re still cats – so when they find string, they go nuts and play. We wrote the words together and drawing hundreds of cats proved difficult, so my daughter went with a single image of Mistress Superior. Thank you for inviting us to share for Poetry Friday!

The Poem by Chloe and Josh

The Art by Chloe

art by Chloe

Many thanks to Chloe and Josh for sharing their meow-velous talents with us today.
Pretty pu-r-r-r-r-r-fect…don’t you think?


Meet Josh: Josh Funk writes silly stories and somehow tricks people into publishing them as picture books – such as Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast and the brand new sequel, The Case of the Stinky Stench, along with Pirasaurs!, Dear Dragon, It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, Albie Newton, and more!

Josh is a board member of The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA and was the co-coordinator of the 2016 and 2017 New England Regional SCBWI Conferences.

Josh grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. Today, he still lives in New England and when not writing Java code or Python scripts, he drinks Java coffee and writes picture book manuscripts.

Josh is terrible at writing bios, so please help fill in the blanks. Josh enjoys _______ during ________ and has always loved __________. He has played ____________ since age __ and his biggest fear in life is being eaten by a __________.

Find out more about Josh at www.joshfunkbooks.com and on twitter @joshfunkbooks.


A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt Guests: Linda Ashman and Her Young Friends, Mischa and Phoebe…Plus a Giveaway!

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.

April is National Poetry Month! So  . . .

poetry friday button

National Poetry Month brings poetry to the forefront. And if you’re looking for poetry for kids, the Poetry Friday Roundup is a great place to start. Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference is hosting today. Thanks, Tabatha. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

To find out how kidlit bloggers are celebrating poetry this month, head over to Jama’s Alphabet Soup where she’s rounded up links to a world of poetry fun.

Today it’s my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Linda Ashman and Her Young Friends, Mischa and Phoebe

**GIVEAWAY! Before you view today’s collaboration I wanted to let you know that Linda has generously offered a signed copy of her new book, Ella WHO? to one lucky winner. All you have to do is leave a comment by April 30th at midnight CST. A winner will be randomly selected. To win the copy you must have a US address.

And now, today’s episode!

From Linda: For this collaboration, I borrowed my friend Emily Dorn’s daughters, Mischa (8) and Phoebe (6). The poems were extras from two poetry collections I’d written years ago—The Essential Worldwide Monster Guide and Stella, Unleashed: Notes from the Doghouse—that for one reason or another weren’t included in the books. I gave the girls both poems and told them they could each do an illustration or collaborate on a single one. They chose to do their own. I thought they might find Medusa too creepy, but Phoebe embraced the idea of a headful of snakes. And Mischa created a letter that my dog would love to receive every day.

The First Collaboration

Linda’s Poem

Phoebe’s Art

art by Phoebe

The Second Collaboration

Linda’s Poem

Mischa’s Art

art by Mischa

Here are the three collaborators as well as a younger brother 🙂 Phoebe’s on the left. Mischa’s on the right. Their little brother Gabe is on Linda’s lap.

Many thanks to Linda, Phoebe, and Mischa for sharing their talents with us today.

**GIVEAWAY: Don’t forget to leave a comment by April 30th at midnight CST for a chance to win a copy of Linda’s book, Ella WHO?

About the Story: When a baby elephant shows up on moving day, a young girl tries to tell her family. But they’re all so distracted (and, well, clueless), that the elephant slips by unnoticed. A friendship blooms as the two play throughout the day but, alas, the elephant must return home to the animal sanctuary. Fortunately it’s not too far away, and—as the girl discovers—is filled with many more potential playmates.


Meet Linda: Linda Ashman is the author of more than thirty-five picture books and the creator of The Nuts & Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books. New titles include Ella WHO?, illustrated by Sara Sanchez (Sterling, April 2017) and William’s Winter Nap, illustrated by Chuck Groenink (Disney-Hyperion, October 2017). She lives with her family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Twitter: @lindaashman2

Coming October 10, 2017

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 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.

April is National Poetry Month! So  . . .

poetry friday button

National Poetry Month brings poetry to the forefront. And if you’re looking for poetry for kids, the Poetry Friday Roundup is a wonderful place to start. Dori at Dori Reads is hosting today.. Thanks, Dori. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

To find out how kidlit bloggers are celebrating poetry this month, head over to Jama’s Alphabet Soup where she’s rounded up links to a world of poetry fun.

Now onto today’s post.

I call my poem a zig-zag poem because the word that falls at the end of a line begins the next line — this creates a zig-zag effect.

My Poem

Landon’s Art

art by Landon (with photo background)

Notice the name of Landon’s airship. Notice the acronym after the S.S. Does it ring a bell?

As our followers know, Landon hides the same object in the majority of his drawings for this series. It is hidden in his art above. It’s really not much of a secret anymore since most readers know what to look for . . . but it’s still really fun to try and find it. The object is very powerful when in an artist’s hand. As a special treat, Landon created a drawing about the object and today I’m sharing a time-lapse video of Landon finishing up the drawing of his trusty pencil sword!

Recently, I got to visit Landon and his family and we took an updated picture of the Great Nephew and the Great Aunt.

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.


Meet Great Aunt Penny (the one who blogs here): Penny Parker Klostermann is the author of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2015) and the upcoming, A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale(Random House, 2017). She loves all kinds of books, but especially loves very silly picture books that make her laugh. She has been known to hug her favorite picture books and seriously hopes that someday her books will gain huggable status too.

Penny grew up in Colorado and now lives in Abilene, Texas-the Storybook Capital of Texas!

Other Places to find Penny
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

2017 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem: Day 10

Irene Latham began the Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem in 2012 as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month. Each year begins a new poem with a new line added each day of April as 30 poets pass the poem from blog to blog. Watching the poem progress is something I look forward to every year.

One thing that Irene shared in preparation is that “our aim this year is a poem for children”. I’m so glad she stressed that. I think it gave just the right amount of direction and focus for the poets. And so far, this poem is my favorite of all Kidlitosphere Progressive Poems.

Here is the poem so far.

I’m fidget, friction, ragged edges—
I sprout stories that frazzle-dazzle,
stories of castles, of fires that crackle,
with dragonwords that smoke and sizzle.

But edges sometimes need sandpaper,
like swords need stone and clouds need vapour.
So I shimmy out of my spurs and armour
facing the day as my fickle, freckled self.

I thread the crowd, wear freedom in my smile,

Linda Baie wrote Line 9 which offered all sorts of possibilities as she passed the poem to me. Today I’m adding Line 10 and will share a little bit of my thought process as I came up with the line. In our poem, I picture a child that is creative, and through creativity has had fantastical experiences. Keeping that in mind, I kept coming back to one of my favorite words in the poem given to us on Day 4 by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes. That word is dragonwords. (Imagine me liking a word with dragon in it 🙂 ) When I read dragonwords, my mind went a lot of places. I wanted to keep her word alive in some form because to me it speaks of the child’s experiences which influence her/him going forward. Also, Linda suggested that one thing missing in her eyes might be a friend. I love that. But I wondered if a friend (who may or may not appear in the poem) would be human or be another sort of friend for this special child. Would the child need to speak “dragon” to a dragon or to another being with shared “dragon” experiences? Whatever my come, I had to give a nod to dragonwords whether it plays a part in the child’s ongoing adventure or not.

Here’s the poem so far with my line added.

I’m fidget, friction, ragged edges—
I sprout stories that frazzle-dazzle,
stories of castles, of fires that crackle,
with dragonwords that smoke and sizzle.

But edges sometimes need sandpaper,
like swords need stone and clouds need vapour.
So I shimmy out of my spurs and armour
facing the day as my fickle, freckled self.

I thread the crowd, wear freedom in my smile,
and warm to the coals of conversation

And now I’m passing the poem and the adventure onto Ramona at Pleasures from the Page. Happy poeting, Ramona 😀

Below is a list of participating poets with links to their blogs so that you can follow  the 2017 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem. You can find the same list in my right sidebar for easy reference.

April
1 Heidi at my juicy little universe
2 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
3 Doraine at Dori Reads
4 Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty
5 Diane at Random Noodling
6 Kat at Kat’s Whiskers
7 Irene at Live Your Poem
8 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
9 Linda at TeacherDance
10 Penny at a penny and her jots
11 Ramona at Pleasures from the Page
12 Janet F. at Live Your Poem
13 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
14 Jan at Bookseedstudio
15 Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales
16 Joy at Poetry for Kids Joy
17 Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Buffy at Buffy’s Blog
19 Pat at Writer on a Horse
20 BJ at Blue Window
21 Donna at Mainely Write
22 Jone at Jone Ruch MacCulloch
23 Ruth at There is no such thing as a godforsaken town
24 Amy at The Poem Farm
25 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
26 Renee at No Water River
27 Matt at Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme
28 Michelle at Michelle Kogan
29 Charles at Poetry Time
30 Laura Purdie Salas at Writing the World for Kids

 

 

 

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

The PoemSlide1

The Art

Kyle's drawing

Art by Kyle

Brenda and KyleBrenda and KyleMore fun with Kyle
Kyle 2 Kyle

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.”

IMG_2608 (1) Sara Carter drawing ps copy

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.

Scan carter drawing copy

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.)

CarterCarter - for RHB great aunt series copy

Sara and RobynRobyn Hood Black and niece, Sara Stansell Clark copy

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

Stone

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