Before we get to today’s poetry offering, I have some big, BIG news to share:
I have another picture book coming out!
Not only am I excited that I’ve signed a contract with a publishing company that’s as excited about the book as I am, I’m thrilled that my co-author is non other than Father Goose® himself, Charles Ghigna!
Way back in 2013, Charles shared with me a few stanzas he had written. Were they a poem, or a picture book, or something else? He wasn’t sure what they might be…but he asked for my thoughts and I came up with a concept for a narrative arc and a few stanzas of my own to follow his.
He liked my plan, so I went ahead and completed the first rough draft, then over the course of the next few months we tweaked and edited the manuscript until it was where we wanted it. We had no idea at the time that we would have to send it out to about 25 or so editors before Naomi Krueger at Beaming Books saw my pitch for it on the #PBPitch Twitter event last October.
So be prepared: you’ll be seeing lots more posts about the development of this book in the months to come. You’ll also be inundated with news about my other upcoming books, as this now brings my total to SEVEN NEW BOOKS due out between 2020-2022!
Consider yourself warned…
In other news…a big event last night at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord NH!
I was honored to be among the 11 poets who read from the new book, Except for Love: New England Poets Inspired by Donald Hall (Encircle Pub., 2019), which just came out this past June 23, on the one-year anniversary of Hall’s passing. Editor Cynthia Brackett-Vincent also attended and read her favorite Hall poem, which is also one of mine:
Names of Horses
All winter your brute shoulders strained against collars, padding
and steerhide over the ash hames, to haul
sledges of cordwood for drying through spring and summer,
for the Glenwood stove next winter, and for the simmering range.
In April you pulled cartloads of manure to spread on the fields,
dark manure of Holsteins, and knobs of your own clustered with oats.
All summer you mowed the grass in meadow and hayfield…
(read the rest of the poem HERE)
It’s truly an honor to be part of such a book, with such esteemed folks as Jane Yolen, LR Berger, and many others. I hope you’ll pick up a copy! And for all of today’s Poetry Friday links, please head on over to Poetry for Children, where Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong are hosting the festivities!
Ordering personalized signed copies online?
Oh, yes, you can!
You can purchase personalized signed copies of Flashlight Night, (Boyds Mills Press, 2017), Don’t Ask a Dinosaur (Pow! Kids Books, 2018), and nearly ALL of the books or anthologies I’ve been part of!
Just click the cover of whichever book you want and send the good folks at MainStreet BookEnds in Warner, NH a note requesting the signature and to whom I should make it out to. (alternatively, you can log onto my website and do the same thing) They’ll contact me, I’ll stop by and sign it for you, and then they’ll ship it. Try doing that with those big online booksellers! (Plus, you’ll be helping to support local book-selling – and wouldn’t that make you feel good?)
Thank you to everyone for your support!
- NY Public Library’s “100 Best Book for Kids 2017” AND “Staff Pick!”
- KIRKUS Starred review!
- Kansas NEA Reading Circle Recommended Books!
- “Best Reads of 2017,” Unleashing Readers
- Amazon “Best Books of the Month,” Sept. 2017
- Positive reviews from Horn Book, School Library Connection, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, and Shelf-Awareness
- “Rollicking rhyme!” – Booklist
- “A wild romp!” – Parenting NH Magazine
- “Cute…intriguing…4 out of 5 stars” – Tulsa Book Review
- “Rhythmic…funny and informative” – Unleashing Readers
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38 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Picture book publishing news AND a Donald Hall tribute”
Congratulations on both counts, Matt! Thanks for giving us the back story to your new book with Father Goose. When poetic minds get together, there’s no end to what can happen! It’s also interesting to note that twitter pitch parties CAN result in sales.
Thanks, Jane. And whatever success I’ve shared here has been a result of meeting people, connecting, and making every effort to pursue every avenue possible. As I always say, whatever I lack in talent, I make up for in hustle!
Wow, SEVEN books in the works— that’s fantastic! Thanks for sharing a bit of back story with our Poetry Friday crowd too!
Thanks so much, Sylvia!
This is awesome, Matt. Congrats. I can’t wait to read more about your new book.
Thanks so much, Rebecca!
Congrats on your new book, Matt! It sounds like you and Charles make a great team!
Thanks, Michelle. We’re already getting started on another one!
All your news is exciting, Matt, but I do love that you are part of the Donald Hall tribute. That is very special.
It is very special, indeed, Linda – I’m so honored to be a part of it. Thank you!
Such rich details in that poem…many congratulations, Matt! You are on a major roll!
Thank you so much, Laura!
Big congrats on both books!! Nice that you and Charles worked together on a PB :).
Thanks! Well, do you remember way back several years ago when you featured PB (as in Peanut Butter) on your blog, and Charles & I discovered we both preferred Peter Pan? We should’ve known then that this was destiny. 😀
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Congratulations, Matt! That’s stupendous news. I am so happy for you. I would have been there last night but I’m in Maine most of the summer. It must have been wonderful. Names of Horses is one of my favorite Hall poems, too.
Thank you so much, Joyce! Enjoy your few remaining days of summer!
Congratulations on all of your good news! I’m looking forward to reading the book you and Charles collaborated on. It sounds wonderful!
We’re very excited about it, as you can imagine. Thanks, KImberly!
Hooray! You are so full of joy these days. I love how your newest picture book came together. Can’t wait to celebrate its birthday! Enjoy every moment.
Lots of wonderful news! Congratulations on all your success, Matt. I look forward to reading your new book!
Thanks so much, Linda!
Congratulations on the new book and the tribute poetry to Donald Hall. I can’t wait to hear more about your book with Charles and how it came to be. Glad all your hustle and hard work is paying off.
Thank you, Kay!
Seven new books? Congratulations! That’s fantastic! Lovely to see all these collaborations flourish! Thanks so much for sharing with our Poetry Friday family!
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Thank you, Sylvia! Always happy to be part of the PF community!
Congratulations Matt on both of these books coming out, along with the seven down the line, how exciting! I’m also very interested in your book with Charles Ghigna–looking forward to it!
Thanks, Michelle – we just received some revision requests, so we’re working on those now!
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I plan on sending out a tweet with your news, Matt. Congratulations!
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Congratulations, Matt, on both counts. Thank you for sharing how to book came to be. It is inspiring to an author like myself (i’ve been published but not in the kidlit world yet).