Taking a semi-sabbatical

Dear friends,

I’m at work on four books and have a full schedule this spring and summer. Something has to change, for now, if I’m to make my deadlines.


 Word of the Month Poetry Challenge continues without interruption.
 I’ll announce a revamped way to select month-end winners as soon as I figure out a good way.
 Friday blog guests will continue to appear as they file their articles with me. Some great ones are coming up soon.
Kathy Temean will continue to post my Poem of the Week.
 If you would like to do a guest blog this summer of 500 words or less about something of interest to writers and illustrators of children’s literature, please let me know. I’ll post one a week as they come in.
 If you want to post one of your poems, and include a picture, I’ll be glad to feature you. I’ll do one poem at a time but don’t mind featuring you more than once over the summer.
 This offer also applies to our young poets!

That’s it. I’ll continue to enjoy your comments and respond to them.

I’ll return in August on a more routine basis.

I wish you a wonderful spring/summer filled with good experiences and lots to write about or remember. Thank you all for visiting me here, for participating in my surveys, for posting your comments and advice and, most of all, for your warm reception to my first year’s efforts to learn about this blogging business.



Last week for posting “thanks” poems. Need help? Here’s how



Some of you may be unfamiliar with the process of posting a comment or a poem on the blog. This might be especially true of teachers who are enticing their students to write poems for the Word of the Month challenge but aren’t sure how to work through the details of posting the results.

Fear not!

Here is a quick summary of how posting works.

Four easy Steps for Adults:

1. Click on ADULT WORD OF THE MONTH POEMS at the top of the blog page.

2. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen until you come to a box called LEAVE A RESPONSE.

3. Type your poem or copy and paste it into that box. If you simply want to post a comment or leave a question, put it in that same box.

4. When you are finished, click on SUBMIT. That’s all there is to it.

Seven Easy Steps for Teachers:

1. Click on YOUNG POETS’ WORD OF THE MONTH POEMS at the top of the blog page.

2. For children under 13, a parental consent form can be obtained by clicking on Permission Form. YAAGroup receives and retains the permission forms.

3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen until you come to a box that says LEAVE A RESPONSE.

4. Type your student’s poem or copy and paste it into that box.

5. Please include the student’s name, grade, school, and city in the post.

6. When you are finished, click on SUBMIT.

7. To submit up to three student poems each month, repeat the procedure.

Now it’s up to you. Let’s see more poems and comments!