CBC List of Gifts Galore

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Janet Wong posted that GIFT TAG, the e-book published by Pomelo, has been selected by CBC (Children’s Book Council) for its 2015 Gifts Galore list. The description says that 28 poets from the PoetryTagTime and P*TAG e-books reflect on a wide variety of holiday subjects. Editors: Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. Here’s the link. http://www.cbcbooks.org/cbc-book-lists/gifts-galore

Poetry Tag Time

Gift Tag

When I congratulated Janet and Sylvia, Janet pointed out that a book of mine is on the same list. It’s A PERFECT HOME FOR A FAMILY, published by Holiday House and beautifully illustrated by Italian artist Roberta Angaramo.A Perfect Home for a Family

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New children’s edition of Poetry Friday Anthology for Science: THE POETRY OF SCIENCE

Hi everyone,

Good news from Janet WongJanet Wong and Sylvia Vardell,Sylvia Vardell dba Pomelo Books.
51tv+N-q3IL__SX384_BO1,204,203,200_ I’ll use Janet’s words to explain.

“Earlier this year we started shuffling the poems (in Poetry Friday Anthology for Science). A LOT of shuffling and reshuffling and RESHUFFLING later, we now have a new Children’s Edition with 248 poems, none of the Take 5 mini-lessons, and no grade-level groupings—just the poems organized by topics (and embellished with black-and-white illustrations by Frank Ramspott and Bug Wang). Our hope is that teachers and librarians will continue to use the Teacher Edition but that they’ll also buy the Children’s Edition to allow kids to follow along in their own books (or to take home for reading on their own).”

Way to go, Janet and Sylvia! I’m told that the Remix is now available and is a Children’s Book Council “Hot Off the Press” title!
http://www.cbcbooks.org/cbc_book/the-poetry-of-science-the-poetry-friday-anthology-for-science-for-kids/#.Vl8TbnhGTFJ

It is available on Amazon and also from QEP Books. Here are links:

QEP:
https://www.qepbooks.com/Poetry-of-Science–The–The-Poetry-Friday-Anthology-for-Science-for-Kids

Amazon:
paperback: http://www.amazon.com/The-Poetry-Science-Friday-Anthology/dp/1937057984/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=04KY2C8RX5Y300E8J3SP

ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Poetry-Science-Friday-Anthology-KIDS-ebook/dp/B018SV2RGW/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1449072763&sr=8-18&keywords=poetry+of+science

I’m pleased to be one of the 78 poets in this collection and am happy that our editors/publishers are providing such a valuable tool to support classroom science studies.

Sylvia Vardell’s newest book

Poetry Aloud Here 2Sylvia Vardell

Hi everyone,
Congratulations to Sylvia Vardell for her newest title, POETRY ALOUD HERE 2.
This is a comprehensive, user-friendly roundup of what is what and who is who in children’s poetry and follows her original POETRY ALOUD HERE published in 2006. Chapters include “Why Make Poetry a Priority?”, “Which Poets Are Popular?”, “What Poetry Do Children Enjoy?”, “How Do You Promote Poetry?”, “How Do You Present Poetry to Children?”, and “What Happens after You Share the Poem?”

My copy arrived a few days ago and the wait was certainly worth it. Sylvia is a professor at Texas Woman’s University in the School of Library and Information Studies, where she teaches graduate courses in children’s and young adult literature. She is recognized as one our leading authorities on children’s poets and poetry and I’m grateful to see her latest book in print.

Many of you also know her through her partnership with Janet Wong that has produced a growing number of poetry anthologies for the classroom under their imprint, Pomelo Books, including Poetry Friday Anthology (K-5), Poetry Friday Anthology, and Poetry Friday for Middle School. The dynamic duo also collaborated on PoetryTagTime (K-5), P*TAG (for teens), and Gift Tag (holiday poems for K-8).

If you don’t follow Sylvia’s wonderful blog, start today! It’s a professional must. Today she talks about her new book so I urge you to read and enjoy what she has to say. http://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com/

Way to go, Sylvia! And thank you!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Here’s part of a note from Christopher Boucher, Managing Editor of POST ROAD. This might be of interest to my west coast friends.
“Dear Issue 26 Contributors,
I’m writing, first, to thank you again for allowing us to showcase your work in Issue 26 of Post Road. I hope that you’re pleased with the issue – we certainly are; the consensus here is that it’s one of the strongest issues that we’ve ever produced. We’ll be featuring PR26 at this year’s AWP Conference, which begins on Thursday at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. If you’re attending AWP, please stop by our table (J10) and say hello.

David

From Goose Lake

Hi everyone,

My love for living on a lake remains one of the highlights of each day. When I get up, I walk through the house toward the kitchen for coffee without turning on a switch. That way I see the water in the natural dusky light of predawn.

This is the time of year when the geese seem restless. Many of them disappear during the day only to return to Goose Lake in the evening, issuing loud cries as they circle and glide in for a watery landing.

I know the time is coming when squadrons of geese will take off, one after another, leaving the lake to the ducks. Many of those same birds will return to spend the winter here but something deep within tells them it’s time to migrate so they must go through the motions of leaving.

Many of you know of my e-book of poems and prose about this quiet, lovely little lake. I have dubbed both the lake and the book GOOSE LAKE. GOOSE LAKE, 5The book is available on Barnes & Noble and Amazon for $1.99. GOOSE LAKE was illustrated by Sladjana Vasic and formatted by her husband, Milos.The foreword was written by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.

I haven’t posted a sample for quite a while so here’s the first one in the collection.

Sometimes skunks cross our yard
when it’s too dark to see black fur.
Their white bands jiggling up and down
seem to glow like skeleton bones
out to trick or treat.

This summer we saw
a mother of seven
doing her best to keep her kids
from wrestling in the street.

I wonder how many
passed their babyhood lessons,
advanced to mischievous youngsters
who may, as I sit here sniffing the air,
be target practicing
at a horrified
neighborhood cat.

— David L. Harrison

Ken Slesarik’s new book

Hi everyone,

Ken Slesarik was in our poetry workshop in 2011. He teaches school in Phoenix at Esperanza Elementary School and is the father of Kenny, Cathy, and Bonnie. Ken Slesarik Photo We all loved Ken’s poems. He has a wry sense of humor and wonderful way of finding rhymes where no one else would expect them. He is passionate about teaching poetry to the kids in his school and works tirelessly to encourage them to discover the joy of writing.
Ken Slasarik's book POETRY ROCKS
Last year Ken published a book of poems by his students called POETRY ROCKS 2012. His own work has appeared in several of the anthologies published by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell and he appears among Renee La Tulippe’s collection of poets reading their work over at No Water River http://www.nowaterriver.com .

Now Ken’s own book of poems has come out.Ken Slesarik's book CREATURES It’s called CREATURES, CRITTERS, BEASTS AND VARMINTS, A POETIC GUIDE TO OZARK WILDLIFE and you can order it on-line.

I’m going to bring my copy to the workshop in Honesdale to read and share some of Ken’s work. He not only writes humorously about wildlife but tells the reader what poetic devices he used and relates some factual information about the subject on nearly every page. Way to go, Ken!! Kids will have fun with the collection and teachers will appreciate the additional information.

I know that Ken also does school visits so if anyone is interested in learning more about him and how he can come to your school, contact Ken directly at http://kenslesarik.com

David