New FAMILY VOICES picture going up today

Hi everyone,

I’m loving all the new pictures you’re sending me (in jpg to to post on FAMILY VOICES. Here’s Linda Boyden reading to her grandchildren

And this is Mary Jo Fresch sharing a poem with one of her grandsons.

Today over on FAMILY VOICES ( I’m posted a new picture so I hope you’ll drop over to check it out. If you haven’t started following the site yet, please consider it. If you haven’t sent me a picture I can use yet, please think about that too. And if you haven’t reminded at least one young parent to read to his/her child, I hope you’ll put that on your to-do list as well.

So off I go to choose the picture for this week. Thanks from FAMILY VOICES.

Oomphing right along

Hi everyone,

My thanks to Jeanne Poland for providing such a fun word for August. So far we’ve had seven takers. Jane Yolen, Cheryl Harness, and Teresa Robeson posted their poems on the daily posts and Jeanne, Bryn Strudwick, Linda Boyden, and Karen Eastlund posted theirs on the Word of the Month page.

For anyone not familiar with the Word of the Month page, click on the “Adult W.O.M. Poems” box in the bar above the daily post. You can post your poem there anytime all month, see what others have done with the monthly word challenge, and leave a comment if you want to.

We also have a page for student poets that you reach by clicking on the “Young Poets W.O.M. Poems” box on the same bar. We don’t get as many student poems as we used to but now and then we’re blessed with a few and we always love to see the kids join us.

Thanks, everyone. Keep them coming!

Calling Sunday Poets

Hi everyone,

I’m so glad that you are enjoying my blog’s new feature, Sunday Poets. The first two Sundays have featured eight poets. On Setember 16, we were treated to poems by Catherine Johnson, Cathy Ballou Mealey, Charline Profiri, and Steven Withrow. On September 23, our featured poets were Julie Krantz, Linda Boyden, Brenda Harris, and Cory Corrado. Steven and Cory even provided photograhy to accompany their work.

I’m looking forward to this coming Sunday. I already have one poem: by Matt Forrest. I know we have a large number of poets who frequent this site so don’t hold back. I’ll post on each Sunday those poems I’ve received by the Friday cutoff. All you need to do is e-mail your poem to me and be sure to include any links you want me to add below your name. Sunday Poets is beginning to attract quite a crowd so please join the fun by sharing some of your work.


Sunday Poets

Hi everyone,

More treats in store for today. In our second week featuring Sunday Poets, we have four new poems to enjoy. My thanks to Linda Boyden, Brenda A. Harris, Cory Corrado, and Cathy Ballou Mealey for sharing their work today.

Reminder: When you e-mail a poem for me to post on an upcoming Sunday Poets, don’t forget to include links to blogs, websites, or other points of interest that you want me to include below your poem. Friday is the cutoff for poems to be posted each Sunday. Otherwise, I’ll hang onto your poem and include it the following Sunday.

by Linda Boyden

My homework ate my dog;
was not a pretty sight.
To make it worse,
I’m double-cursed:
now my homework bites!

Linda Boyden
Author, storyteller, illustrator & poet

“The Blue Roses” from Lee & Low Books 2002, winner New Voices Award, Paterson Prize and Wordcraft Circle’s Book of the Year, 2003
My first illustrated book: “Powwow’s Coming” from the University of New Mexico Press, 2007. Newest book: “Giveaways, An ABC Book of Loanwords from the Americas”, written & illustrated by Linda Boyden (University of New Mexico Press). Check out  for the GIVEAWAYS book trailer and Feathered Quill for a review:  . “Giveaways”, winner of three Finalist awards from the 2011 International Book Awards, two Finalist Awards from the 2011New Mexico Book Awards and included in 2012 California Collections form the CA. Reading Association. “Powwow’s Coming” is included on Reading Is Fundamental’s 2011 Multicultural Book List!  . Check out GIVEAWAYS’ trailer:

by Brenda A. Harris

Clap for Mia’s three!
Shout and dance with me!
Sing, “Feliz, feliz.”
Share a hug and kiss.

Primos want to romp,
Shuffle, skip, and stomp.
Pilla, pilla tag me!
Corre, corre catch me!

This is Mia’s day!
Everyone let’s play!
My piñata tree,
Hangs its gift for me.

The piñata sings,
With all joy it swings.
Colors sparkle bright,
Telling of delight.

My piñata tree,
Calls for you and me.
Pilla, pilla tag me!
Corre, corre catch me!

Brenda A. Harris,

©by Cory Corrado

Padding alone in the amber woods
the autumn air.
A whisper
calls through the trees
drawing my gaze
the blue frieze.

A silhouette I behold-
beauty and grace.
s t r e t c h
Leaves toddle, boughs sway
I join the b a l l e t . . .

by Cathy Ballou Mealey

Monday’s child will win the race.
Tuesday’s child soars into space.
Wednesday’s child may steal the show.
Thursday’s child helps learners grow.
Friday’s child makes sick ones well.
Saturday’s child writes tales to tell.
The child who is born on the seventh day defines success in her own way!

My brief revision to a classic nursery rhyme.
Cathy Ballou Mealey