Poetry Friday: Winter morning poem AND “Once Upon…” news!

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Once again, we had another snowfall the other day, so once again I had to take some photos – and write another poem! I don’t know what it is about snow on trees that is so intriguing and calming and beautiful…but whatever it is, it’s magical.

I do need to take a moment and thank everyone who helped us celebrate Once Upon Another Time (Beaming Books, 2020), my new picture book written with Charles Ghigna (aka, Father Goose®)! This past Monday, Tara Lazar hosted the official cover reveal on her blog (check it out HERE!) and within two days Charles and I were stunned to learn our book was the #1 new children’s book release in exploration fiction!

Wow! That could never have happened without your support – so thank you!! Now, what say we check out that cover again…

(And then be sure to pre-order the book!)

Speaking of the new book, I’ve teamed up with several other children’s authors to promote our upcoming books this year. So be watching for news about Once Upon Another Time as well as blog posts and reviews of a whole bunch more – including six in February…

I’ll also be sharing an interview with David L. Harrison soon, about his process behind his new children’s poetry anthology, After Dark: Poems About Nocturnal Animals (Wordsong, 2020). It’s a beautifully-illustrated book filled with David’s trademark creative wordplay and surprising facts about all the animals who thrive at night.

I’m very honored to be part of the official blog tour for David’s book, and will be posting the interview in two weeks, on Feb. 28. I hope you’ll join me! I also hope you’ll check out all of today’s Poetry Friday links at Teacher Dance, where Linda Baie is hosting a special Valentine’s Day edition – and yes, I deliberately did NOT do a Valentine’s Day post because I figured you’re probably already inundated with enough of them! But be sure to celebrate with Linda, and enjoy your weekend!


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, and then they’ll ship it! (Plus, you’ll be supporting your local bookseller – and won’t that make you feel good?)


Thank you to everyone for your support!


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12 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Winter morning poem AND “Once Upon…” news!

  1. Matt, your winter poem and photo are spellbinding and so tranquil that I would love to put myself in your little part of the world. When I do have time to design a winter gallery, please send it to me. Congratulations on your great news. It is amazing. I need to go back and read the posts about the book. Thanks for sharing your joy! Have fun in the snow.


  2. lindabaie

    “A tenderness in her touch”, maybe a Valentine hug there, Matt. We had another snow, too, & I also love that “Hush”! Happy Valentine’s Day!


  3. I love your photograph and poem. The word that strikes me is hush. I think it’s the quiet of snow that makes it so magical.
    I am looking forward to reading Once Upon Another Time, and sad that it will be such a long wait!


  4. haitiruth

    I love looking at snow…from a distance! Thanks for your poem and congratulations on your book success! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com


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