A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Kirsti Call and Daughter, Sophia

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 Daughter, Sophia

If you follow this series, you will probably remember other episodes featuring the Call family. Kirsti has also collaborated with daughters, Naomi and Sydney. Every time I prepare a Call family post, I’m delighted. It’s evident that creativity is embraced and encouraged in this household.

From Kirsti: Sophia made an entire series of these trees (6 separate pieces), but we chose three of them for this collaboration.

Love is Beautiful in Our Hearts by Sophia Call

Sophia's Trees

Art by Sophia Call

Kirsti’s art-inspired poem.

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And a special treat. The Call family is musically talented and today we get to hear a song from Sophia. She is singing with her older sister Sydney.

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


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Meet Sophia: Sophia Call is a 7 year old artist, writer, singer and book lover.


Kirsti and Sophia

 

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. You can find out more about her at www.kirsticall.com or on Facebook or Twitter.


Thanks to Heidi Mordhorst for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup at My Juicy Little Universe. 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 are taking a week off :-)

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)

We’re taking the week off. A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt will be back next week with guest collaborators. See you then. In the meantime, feel free to check out past collaborations HERE.

Elaine Kiely Kearns and Tomie dePaola-Friends/Student/Teacher

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 share a creative collaboration from . . .

Elaine Kiely Kearns and Tomie dePaola

I know anyone involved with Kidlit must be as excited as I am about this collaboration. Elaine tirelessly brings us all things kidlit through Kidlit411. And Tomie dePaola is a kidlit treasure.

When Elaine sent me the art and the poem, I emailed back and said, “I wondered . . . did Tomie’s art inspire your poem or vice versa?”

Elaine answered, “He inspired me!! (As he always does!!!)”

I was inspired by both the art and the poem.

Tomie’s Art

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Art by Tomie dePaola

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What a sweet collaboration! Thanks so much to Elaine and Tomie for being a part of this series.


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Meet Elaine: ELAINE KIELY KEARNS is an author of picture book and middle grade stories. She scours the internet for golden nuggets of information about children’s writing for the website she founded, KidLit411.com.

She lives in New York with her husband, two beautiful daughters and three furry babies. When she isn’t writing, she can be found doing yoga, eating chocolate and…eating chocolate.


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Meet Tomie: TOMIE DEPAOLA has illustrated nearly 250 books and written the stories for over 100 of those books. He works in a studio attached to a renovated 200-year-old barn in New London, New Hampshire. You can find out more about Tomie, visit his website, WWW.TOMIE.COM, or his blog where he posts a daily doodle:  WWW.TOMIESBLOG.BLOGSPOT.COM


 

Margaret at Reflections on the Teche 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 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: Landon and Penny in Episode 11

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)

Since it’s the 2nd Friday of the month, Landon and I are here with Episode 11 in our series. For those of you that may be visiting for the first time, here’s a bit about the series. A Great Nephew and a Great Ant  Aunt is all about collaboration. I, the great Aunt, team up with Landon, the great nephew, to bring you, our great readers, a-picture-with-a-poem sort of thing. In each of our episodes, I write a poem and Landon illustrates my poem. Landon I have enjoyed this so much that we wanted to share the fun with others. So back in January I started featuring guest collaborators as part of the series. The guests have been amazing and I have guests lined up for many months to come.

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.

Now . . .

Episode 11:
Tea Party

The Poem

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A Great Nephew & A Great Aunt-Guests Catherine Johnson & Daughter

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 & 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 & A Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Today I’m thrilled to welcome . . .

Catherine Johnson and 6 year old daughter, Hannah!

When I asked Catherine to join me today, she jumped right on board by looking through Hannah’s stash of paintings for inspiration. I know you’ll enjoy Catherine’s sense of humor as much as I do.

The Poem

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The Picture That Inspired

Hannah's drawing

Art by Hannah

Catherine and Hannah having fun in a Niagara Skywheel.

Hannah and myself in a big wheel at Niagra

Thanks to Catherine and Hannah for joining our series and sharing their work. And be sure to watch out below in case the Mexico Rabbit Kid crash lands in your neighborhood 🙂

Meet Catherine and Hannah: Catherine Johnson is a British Ex-Pat who loves Formula One, The Voice, dog walks and being silly. She also loves writing poems for kids and now can’t stop doodling and painting, too. Catherine is the author/illustrator of Weirdo Zoo, The Everglades, and Zompoemz. She blogs about poems and art on her blog HERE.

Hannah is six, and a budding artist.


 

poetry friday buttonThanks to Robyn Campbell for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week.

A Great Nephew & A Great Aunt-Guests Laura Sassi & Daughter

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 & 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 & A Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Today I’m thrilled to welcome . . .

Laura Sassi and her 10 year old daughter, little miss A!

This is what Laura had to say about their collaboration:

“Every day after school this week, my daughter has been fashioning mermaid paper dolls as well as a growing collection of mermaid outfits hanging on hangers using her colored pencils, stiff art paper and scissors.  She has then been playing mermaid boutique. With the dolls and her play as my inspiration, I now present —-“

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And no wonder Laura was inspired! Look at this art!

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Art by little miss A

I think Ebb and Flo are the luckiest mermaids ever! They will have the whole, entire ocean swimming over to shop at their boutique!

Thanks, Laura and little miss A for sharing your poem and art! I know you made quite a splash with our readers!

Laura's picMeet Laura: Laura’s poems, stories, articles and crafts have appeared in many publications including Highlights for Children, Cricket,Ladybug, Spider, Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr., FamilyFun, and Pack-O-Fun.  Her first picture book, GOODNIGHT, ARK, published by Zonderkidz, a HarperCollins Company, and illustrated by Jane Chapman, set sail this past August.  Her second book is scheduled to release this coming October. Stay tuned for details….
In addition to writing, Laura loves doing creative projects with her kids (like knitting and building with Legos) and is delighted that her daughter enjoys drawing and using her imagination just as much as her mama does. Click HERE to see a second poem/picture mother/daughter collaboration.  Laura writes from her century-old home in New Jersey where she lives with her awesome husband, two adorable kids, and a black cockapoo named Sophie. You can also find her on her blogFacebook, and Twitter.

Be sure to check out Laura’s first picture book, GOODNIGHT, ARK. I absolutely adore this book!Goodnight Ark cover


poetry friday button Heidi Mordhorst of My Juicy Little Universe is hosting Poetry Friday this week. Thanks Heidi 🙂