Poetry Friday: National Cereal Day!

PFAC-front-cover-Nov-30-WEB-jpeg-705x1030Almost exactly one year ago, the children’s poetry anthology The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations (Pomelo Books) was released. In it, one can find my poem about National Cereal Day, which is coming up on Monday, March 7…so of course, I had to share it with you again!

Picky Eater

I love my Fruit Loops,
love my Trix,
love Cheerios
and even Kix.
I also like
my Apple Jacks –
but please don’t give me
Sugar Smacks,
or stars or squares or flakes
you’ve found –
I only eat, you see,
what’s round.

– © 2015 Matt Forrest Esenwine and Pomelo Books, all rights reserved

I was quite humbled that Kirkus singled out this poem in their review of the book last year. And if you’d like to see what a 14-year-old student decided to do with the poem, check out Sylvia Vardell’s video HERE – it’s quite fun watching someone recite something that you wrote!

Antarctica coverI also need to congratulate the winner of a new book!

Earlier this month, I interviewed Irene Latham and reviewed her new children’s poetry collection, When the Sun Shines on Antarctica: And Other Poems from the Frozen Continent (Millbrook Press). Everyone who left a comment or re-tweeted the post was entered to win a signed copy of the book…and out of all those names, only one would be drawn at random and proclaimed the WINNER! And that person is…

Robyn Hood Black!

Congratulations, Robyn! I’m sure you’re going to love it. Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by my little corner of the blogosphere and entered the contest.

poetryfridaybutton-fulllBut wait, there’s more! (poetry, that is) For all of today’s Poetry Friday posts, please visit Linda Baie at Teacher Dance! And happy early spring, everyone…don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead next weekend, as Daylight Savings Time begins!


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21 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: National Cereal Day!

  1. Time for Daylight Savings Time to leave! It feels too soon, but I see the grass greening & the plants emerging. We still may have snow! I love the cereal poem, Matt, and know many kids love it too. I personally don’t like cereal that floats, in case you’re wondering!


  2. I shared your “Picky Eater” poem at two schools this week, Matt–and the kids loved it! Thanks again for allowing us to feature it in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations!


  3. Had fun featuring this poem at Alphabet Soup. I’ll have to eat extra cereal (round of course) on the 7th and I’ll definitely be thinking of you. 🙂


  4. dmayr

    Thanks for the reminder about Daylight Savings, I never did get around to adjusting my car clock!

    This is for you, Matt:

    Cerealously? This Is Not Open to Debate!

    Give me chex and shredded wheat
    the only cereals that I’ll eat
    must be plain, with sides parallel
    –strictly quadrilateral.


    1. Ha! Looks like we’ve got a healthy person in the crowd. This one’s for YOU, Diane:

      “Ode to Marshmallow Fruit Loops”

      Keep your fiber.
      Keep your bran.
      I’d put them in the garbage can.
      Your diet may be weight-reducing,
      but my bowl of choice
      is diabetes-inducing.

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  5. Karen Eastlund


    This reminded me of the time I first gave my son Paul some Kix. I put them on his high chair tray. He took one look at them and laughed, as if… seriously??? You expect me to eat round things? Same kid when I put peas on his tray, used his little digit to smoosh them one by one. I wish I could have known what he was thinking….

    Loved the poem. Thanks!


    1. Thank you, Violet. I figured kids would probably connect with someone who likes sugared cereals, and might even expect that to be the point behind the poem – so that’s why I went in a different (albeit preposterous) direction!


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