Poetry Friday: Winter morning haiku

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I took this photo yesterday morning as I was walking outside, across the street from our house. When I saw the sun glinting off the ice-touched trees, I knew I had to capture it – and of course, write something to go along with it!

In case you haven’t heard, we have a cover reveal coming for that picture book written with Charles Ghigna (aka, Father Goose®)! We were so thrilled when editor Naomi Krueger at Beaming Books contacted us last year to tell us she wanted to sign a contract! The book comes out August 18, and illustrator Andrés F. Landazábal’s soft, colorful imagery is beautiful. Tara Lazar, world-famous picture book wunderkind and children’s lit cheerleader, will be hosting the official cover reveal on her blog Feb. 10, as soon as she wraps up this year’s Storystorm – so don’t miss it!

What do school kids and possums have in common? Poetry Friday! My friend Kathryn Apel is hosting today’s Poetry Friday roundup at her blog, Kat’s Whiskers, and shares two poems about each of those subjects!


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20 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Winter morning haiku

  1. Oh, I was loving the frosted leave and twigs when I was in the US – snow in the background making it extra delicious. Lovely pic and poem, Matt. And wow – excitement mounting for that cover reveal. Can’t wait to see it!


  2. lindabaie

    We are still warmish, no snow for a long time. No “Frost-stung” here & I would welcome it. Looking forward to your and Charles’s book, Matt! Congrats again!


  3. Cover reveal news is reason to celebrate, Matt. I look forward to the reveal. As for a winter day photo, yours is stunning. I would like to capture that for a winter gallery. At least I can send it out via Twitter for the repository. Glistening snow is such a beautiful sight. Ours came and went but it was glistening for the time it landed.


  4. David McMullin

    I haven’t seen snow in years, but I’d love a snowy morning like this one. And I can’t wait to see your cover (and everything inside).


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