No Sunday Poets

Hi everyone,

I had hoped to see poems posted by many poets on the Sunday Poets feature. Alas, nothing is coming in and I have no Plan B. I suppose I could go back to publishing one of my own poems each Sunday but I was getting bored with that. I’m open for ideas.

You do seem to like writing captions for Rob Shepperson’s delightful drawings so I’ll give you another one to play with this coming week.

I’ve invited Jill Corcoran for one day this week to tell us more about the book she edited, DARE TO DREAM: CHANGE THE WORLD. I look forward to that. We’ve already talked about AND THE CROWD GOES WILD, edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer, and we’ve talked about the latest masterpiece by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY. I’ve talked about my upcoming picture book, A PERFECT HOME FOR A FAMILY, as well as my e-book, GOOSE LAKE, either too much or too little.

I hope you all have an enjoyable week in store. I hope to finish the final poems for a new book for 4th graders. It has forty poems in it. In January I’ll fly to California to record one hundred poems that I wrote for a five-book set with Mary Jo Fresch.



Hi everyone,

Our friends, Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, have done it again. This time they’ve teamed to bring us THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY; Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core. Available in paperback and e-book editions, this delightful collection of 218 poems by 75 poets is created for children in grades kindergarten through five. The book is divided into sections, first by grade, then by week, providing an easy and quick reference for enjoying a poem every Friday throughout the school year. Not only that but every poem is accompanied by wonderful activities to follow up in school or home. This is a thoroughly friendly book for teachers, librarians, parents and, most of all, young listeners and readers.

THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY can be purchased for $29.99 in its entirety but separate e-book versions of each grade are also available for $3.99. Sylvia and Janet have put together a handy page of Amazon “buy” links at their website: . This page includes links to all of their paperback AND e-book versions.

At their blog, , Sylvia has announced a giveaway that will put ARCs or e-books in the hands of 25 lucky teachers (“Poetry Friday Ambassadors”). To win the Poetry Friday Anthology Kit, submissions need to include a paragraph saying why they want to instigate Poetry Friday at their school.
Congratulations to Janet, Sylvia, and the talented poets included in this outstanding book.