It’s a Lollity Popity Day!

Hi everyone,

Need some cheering up today? Try this. I wrote it for a book with TIM RASINSKI and GAY FAWCETT, published in 2009 by Scholastic, called PARTNER POEMS FOR BUILDING FLUENCY.

It’s a Lollity Popity Day
2 voices

(1st voice)                                            (2nd voice)					
It’s a lollity popity day                                                       
                                                             It’s a lollity popity
                                                             hide-and-go-seekity day.
It’s a lollity popity
hide-and-go-seektiy
read a good bookity day.
                                                             It’s a lollity popity
                                                             hide-and-go-seekity
                                                             read a good bookity
                                                             roll in the grassity day.
It’s a lollity popity
hide-and-go-seekity
read a good bookity
roll in the grassity
talk with a friendity day.
                                                             It’s a lollity popity
                                                             hide-and-go-seektiy
                                                             read a good bookity
                                                             roll in the grassity
                                                             talk with a friendity
                                                             sit on a lapity day.
It’s a lollity popity
hide-and-go-seekity
read a good bookity
roll in the grassity
talk with a friendity 
sit on a lapity
play with your petity day.
                                                             It’s a lollity popity
                                                             hide-and-go-seektiy
                                                             read a good bookity
                                                             roll in the grassity
                                                             talk with a friendity
                                                             sit on a lapity
                                                             play with your petity
                                                             happy-go-luckity day.

Hooray!					             Hooray!

(c) 2009 David L. Harrison

If you would like to grab a friend and perform this poem, here’s what you’ll need.

It also helps to have two giggly girls.

Won’t You Be My Valentine?

Hi everyone,

Photo by Nathan Papes, Springfield MO News-Leader

To one and all, everyday but especially this day, I wish you love. My thanks to KATHY TEMEAN for including a two-voice poem of mine on the subject of love in her blog today at https://kathytemean.wordpress.com and to TIM RASINSKI for including the poem in his Valentine Word Ladder post at https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10224358767930421&set=pcb.10224358771090500

I’ve written many love poems but never one that might be called a Valentine poem. Except for this one, that appeared in a classroom book of partner poems. My partners on that book were Tim and GAY FAWCETT. I usual in such collaborations, I wrote the poems and the wonderful educators added their magic.  Here's the poem. It's called "Love You."

LOVE YOU, 2 voices

I love you.

I love you too.

I love you three.

I love you four.

I love you lots.

I love you more.

I love you first.

I love you longer.

I love you louder!!!

I love you STRONGER!

I do because I said it first.

I do because I said it last.

I do because I said it s-l-o-w.

I do because Isaiditfast.
                             
I love you more than one hundred thousand million billion bags of sweets.

I love you more than two jillion trillion zillion quadrillion chocolate treats.

I love you everything under the sun.

I love you everything, plus one.

I love you more than I can measure.

 And I love you, my truelove treasure.

--© 2010 David L. Harrison,
from Partner Poems for Building Fluency,
Scholastic, Best Practices in Action

I want to talk about my books for teachers, #3

Hi everyone,

In September of 2009 the offices of Scholastic Professional Books was one of my stops during my annual trek to New York City to see editors. We visited about my first two titles with Scholastic and the idea came up about pairing me with Timothy V. Rasinski, a professor at Kent State University and noted authority on reading development. When I returned home, I sent Tim a note and we corresponded for two and a half months while we considered ways of combining our talents and interests. By December we’d honed in on doing a book of poems for two or more voices — partner poems — with me writing the poems and Tim providing classroom activities. We would each write an introduction and Tim would bring in one of his former doctoral students, Gay Fawcett, to do some of the classroom activities. The range would be for grades 2-4.

I loved writing all those partner poems and we felt good about the finished book. But when our samples arrived, the cover read: PARTNER POEMS FOR BUILDING FLUENCY, GRADES 4-6. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I alerted Tim and Gay and then called our editor. She was apologetic but said at the last minute someone discovered they already had a book with that exact title, for grades 2-4, so they had no choice but to change our grade range to avoid confusion. She was sorry but there was nothing she could do.

Tim and I insisted they destroy the books, change the title, and keep our 2-4 grade range because most of the poems, as well as the activities, would make little sense to kids in the 5th or 6th grade. The answer came back, “Sorry.”

As predicted, I took some arrows from teachers who quite rightly pointed out that my poetry was not suitable for grades 4-6 and accused me of not understanding my audience. I still burn when I think of how stupid it was to pull that switch at the last minute and without even discussing it with us. The book did okay but should have done much better. A poem that emerged as a favorite is this one, which I’ve presented several times at conferences and in classrooms over the year.

It’s a Lollity Popity Day

(1st voice)
It’s a lollity popity day

(2nd voice)
It’s a lollity popity
hide-and-go-seekity day.

(1st)
It’s a lollity popity
hide-and-go-seektiy
read a good bookity day.

(2nd)
It’s a lollity popity
hide-and-go-seekity
read a good bookity
roll in the grassity day.

(1st)
It’s a lollity popity
hide-and-go-seekity
read a good bookity
roll in the grassity
talk with a friendity day.

(2nd)
It’s a lollity popity
hide-and-go-seektiy
read a good bookity
roll in the grassity
talk with a friendity
sit on a lapity day.

(1st)
It’s a lollity popity
hide-and-go-seekity
read a good bookity
roll in the grassity
talk with a friendity
sit on a lapity
play with your petity day.

(2nd)
It’s a lollity popity
hide-and-go-seektiy
read a good bookity
roll in the grassity
talk with a friendity
sit on a lapity
play with your petity
happy-go-luckity day.

(Together)
Hooray!
Hooray!

A family who reads together

Hi everyone,

As I told you, this past weekend Sandy’s cousin Leslie Johnson was here with her husband Johnnie and three children Caleb, Hannah, and Grace. Grace starts school this fall. Hannah goes into 5th grade and Caleb will be a 7th grader. 20150801_125808_resizedAll three kids have been brought up on books and are excellent readers. One or our activities was to take turns reading poems from my book with Tim Rasinski and Gay Fawcett, PARTNER POEMS FOR BUILDING FLUENCY.IMG_4677 This is a book written for teachers for which I wrote forty-two poems for two or more voices.IMG_4681 When Grace saw the book, she wouldn’t put it down until Sandy and I had taken turns reading nearly every poem in it with her. We didn’t want to stop reading with her either.IMG_4696 Some lucky teacher is going to love having a first grader who already loves books and reads with fluency, understanding, and feeling.

The whole time they were here no one asked to turn on a television. The kids were outside for much of the time. They swam and played games.IMG_4700They were curious about their surroundings and asked a lot of good questions.20150801_200304_resized And they read. Thank you, Leslie and Johnnie, for being such great parents. Thank you, Caleb, Hannah, and Grace, for being such good kids.

Year-end wrap-up

Hi everyone,
David on rock 1
For those of you who blog, you’re probably receiving an annual report on how your blog performed during 2013. Here are a few tidbits from mine. I know that there are many blogs that are more active than mine, more professionally done than mine, and draw far more visitors than mine. Still, this one suits me and I have no aspirations to make fundamental changes for 2014. There are times when I scarcely have time to post at all but those of you who regularly drop by to see what’s up are a forgiving group and graciously allow me to sit in the corner for a while to catch up on other obligations. I thank you for your understanding and I thank you for visiting this site as often as you do.

During 2013, the blog was viewed about 57,000 times by people in 150 countries. The most visitors came from the United States, France, and Canada. The way the report reads, it would take roughly the equivalent of 23 sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for that many people to see it.

I posted 260 times in 2013, bringing the total since 2009 to 1,264. The day with the highest visitor count was March 9 with 2,698. The post was my poem, “The Song of the Tree Frogs,” which originally appeared in 2010.

Of the 5 most popular posts during 2013, only one was posted for the first time during the year and that was when J. Patrick Lewis, who was then our nation’s children’s poet laureate, issued a new poetry challenge on my blog.

Of the list of top five attractions, one appeared for the first time in 2013; three first appeared in 2010; and one came from 2009. A post about poems for two voices — featured in PARTNER POEMS, the book I did with Tim Rasinski and Gay Fawcett, made the list twice, once from its 2009 post and again from when I repeated it in 2010.

The most comments were left by Linda Baie, Catherine Johnson, Jeanne Polond, Jane Heitman Healy, and Matt Forrest.

My thanks to one and all for joining the fun around here during 2013. I am always surprised by the numbers involved in social media communications. Thank you for your comments throughout the year to let me know that you’re there and that you find things to like here.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

David