A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt Guests: Ken Slesarik and His Daughter Catherine

poetry friday buttonThanks to Jone at Check it Out for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

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 Friends! We’re back for more collaborations on my series, A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. Just In case you haven’t visited the series before, let me tell you a little about  it. My great nephew, Landon (now an eighth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration in the fall of 2014 and 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 sharing poetry and art in beautiful collaborations. 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.

I’m super excited that our first episode this fall (it’s almost fall 🙂 ) will feature return guests. Today it’s my pleasure to share another creative collaboration from . . .

Ken Slesarik and His Daughter Catherine

I love the story behind this collaboration.

From Ken: As far as the collaboration process, Catherine shared her work in progress with me and I looked at the tiny mermaid and thought how brave she must be to venture into the depths of the ocean. About this same time, I was considering changing schools but did not yet have the courage to apply. I had heard about an amazing staff and school that was really making a difference. They are known as the “Trailblazers” and eventually I was hired and I’m smitten with the school and staff that I have met thus far. Vista Peak is a unique school that serves students who may have difficulty in a typical school setting. With the poem, I wanted to capture in as few words as possible what I perceived as an important goal of the Vista staff and that being to produce thoughtful, calm, unfazable, courageous, trailblazing students.

When Catherine and I each completed our part, I was very pleased with the results and feel the art and poem complement each other much like an illustration in a book and it also is our personal “hello” to my new school and sort of celebrates my next venture as a teacher. We hope you enjoy our efforts.

The Collaboration:
Poem by Ken Slesarik
Art by Catherine Slesarik

The Collaborators

Ken and Catherine collaborated in 2016 too. You can view that episode HERE. Also, Ken collaborated with a group of 1st graders in his after school poetry club. You can view that episode HERE.

Many thanks to Ken and Catherine for sharing their talents with us today.


Catherine2Meet Catherine: Catherine Slesarik is an award-winning artist and college student from Arizona. She enjoys sharing her talents with people of all ages. An avid reader and science buff, Catherine plans to incorporate science in her work as a children’s illustrator to inspire girls and women everywhere.


Ken SlesarikMeet Ken: Ken Slesarik is a special education teacher and children’s poet from Phoenix, Arizona. His “Heroes and Poets” assembly program has been well received by teachers, students, parents and administrators. When not teaching or visiting schools Ken writes poetry for children with poems published in several world-wide anthologies and magazines. Ken’s mission is to empower students through the medium of poetry and he is a poetry advocate to children and teachers alike.

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.
WebsiteBlogFacebookTwitterPinterest

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.