Poetry Friday: “One Minute Till Bedtime” countdown!

One Minute coverAs you may have read in previous posts, I’m thrilled to be a part of Kenn Nesbitt’s new children’s poetry anthology, One Minute Till Bedtime (Little, Brown for Young Readers), which hits bookshelves a mere THREE DAYS from now, this Monday, Nov. 1. (The following week, I’ll be holding a couple of signings at local bookstores in my home state of New Hampshire, so please check out my Facebook page for the Event details!)

The book is comprised of short, 60-second(ish) long poems for kids – and parents, too, of course! – to add some poetry to the end of their day, after the kids have been read to and are tucked in bed. Additionally, the illustrations by New York Times illustrator Christoph Niemann are simultaneously dreamlike yet grounded, whimsical yet introspective.

I’m stunned, honestly, to find myself sharing anthology pages with folks like Kenn, J. Patrick Lewis, Jane Yolen, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Nikki Grimes, Charles Ghigna, David Harrison, Jack Prelutsky, Lemony Snicket, Margarita Engle, Marilyn Singer, and over 100 others. So I hope you enjoy my little contribution:

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For more poetry links and fun – and a few other samples from inside covers of One Minute Till Bedtime – please visit Linda Baie at Teacher Dance for today’s complete Poetry Friday roundup!


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22 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “One Minute Till Bedtime” countdown!

  1. Delightful poem, Matt! Love the chipmunk in there — we have one running around our front walk right now. 🙂 Congrats on being featured in yet another stellar anthology. Have fun at your booksignings!


    1. Thank you so much – and congratulations again to you, too, Renee! Yes, it is fun to be a part of these books…and I when I see names like Jane Yolen, Jack Prelutsky, and Renee LaTulippe, I have to wonder what I’m doing in them!


  2. lindabaie

    I know my grand-girls will love your poem, Matt, as will many others. I’m looking forward to this book that will soon be a favorite! Fun to hear about your book signings too! They’ll all get to know you before that picture book comes out!


  3. dmayr

    I hope to run into you at one of your signings, although our library copy, and my Xmas gift copies, have already been ordered and are on their way! I like that all you have to do for inspiration is look out your window. This summer I had two skunks simultaneously visiting–one in the front and one in the backyard. You can bet I stayed very still after spotting them.


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