This week, Jama at Jama's Alphabet Soup is hosting our weekly poetic potluck. She's sharing a fabulous October poem and her always drool-worthy food photos.
THINGS WE DO, Edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong Zooms into the World
I am thrilled to announce the arrival of THINGS WE DO, edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong into the world on October 21, 2021. And I am fortunate to have a poem chosen.
A little backstory: In August, I took a workshop with Syliva and Janet about putting together anthologies. There was a lot of interest in more in depth learning about creating an anthology. That’s when the brilliant Janet and Sylvia came up with a follow up workshop with a goal, an opportunity to create a fundraiser for the IBBY Children in Crisis Fund.
"More and more clearly, I came to realize
that I must not look backward,
but to the future
~Jella Lepman, Founder of IBBY
Those in the class were tasked to submit three Ekphrastic poems based on things we do, a perfect PreK themed book. From there, feedback was given and Sylvia and Janet selected the poems to represent the different activities.
I will be the first to admit that writing to a prompt is a challenge. The prompt pushed me to play and just submit. Thanks to Janet’s and Sylvia’s feedback and direction, my poem “Zoom” was selected.
Please "zoom" over to the link below to purchase this new title.
All proceeds are going to IBBY Children in Crisis Fund, a fund that provides support to children whose lives have been disrupted through war, civil disorder or natural disaster.
In addition to THINGS WE DO, Janet’s book GOOD LUCK GOLD AND MORE were both selected as "Hot Off the Press" books for October by the Children's Book Council.
I will be interviewing Janet on her new book on Friday, November 5, 2021.
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Note: we'll be donating 100% of our profits to the IBBY Children in Crisis Fun via USBBY, and we'd love it if people joined USBBY and started supporting USBBY and IBBY's causes on their own.
QEP Books: Things We Do - Coming 10/21/2021
Note: QEP Books is a small company that specializes in books for teachers. They charge for shipping; I think it's $5 per order, but it might be more. They do provide books at a discount, so if you buy 3-4 books, your savings will pay for shipping.
#gratiku day 14
geese take flight
time for tea
#gratiku day 15
walk among the clouds
#gratiku day 16
great family mystery
his birth records- hen's teeth
down the rabbit hole
#gratiku day 17
tree shelters squirrels
"Umbrella" video from HOP TO IT
Yesterday's haiku reminded me
of the "Umbrella" video for my poem.
Sylvia Vardell created
on a recent zoom party for HOP IT IT.
Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell always create magic with their books.
You can order your copy at QEP Books via phone 800-323-6787 and email: email@example.com
Let's Welcome 2021 with a Poetry Postcard
Did you know there are 42 days until 2020 ends? Woohoo! Let's celebrate the New Year with a New Year Postcard? In Japan, it’s called Nengajo, a Japanese custom of ushering in the new year.
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Teacher Dance. Thanks Linda!
There is a lot of goodness to be had in the Poetry Friday community today. Please visit Janice at Salt City Verse for more places to read poetry.
I will get right to it. Yesterday was the official book birthday of HOP TO IT: Poems to Get You Moving, edited by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell. It features 100 poem by 90 poets that will make you wiggle your hands and toes, hop, skip, stretch, and jump in puddles.
The Children’s Book Council (CBC) selects a small number of new releases to highlight on their “Hot Off the Press” page ever month. This month, they chose HOP TO IT. What an honor.
Lucky me to have my poem, "Umbrella" in the collection. Living in the Pacific Northwest, there's plenty of rain and puddles for jumping, I've always been that person.
Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell create books that are treasure troves for anyone sharing poetry with kids. In HOP TO IT, each poem is paired with a book. This is something I did when I taught poems and books, they make a lovely paring. So I am thrilled that The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates was selected to be with my poem.
All photos and poems in these blog posts are copyrighted to Jone Rush MacCulloch 2006- Present. Please do not copy, reprint or reproduce without written permission from me.