Poetry Friday: Looking forward to being together again with “School People”

I know, I know – Halloween is only a couple of days away! Following last Friday’s post about by book Flashlight Night and Halloween book lists, I thought of doing another Halloween post…but I’m too excited about school!

You see, now that school has been underway for a couple of months and folks are starting to settle into their new schedules, I’m finally able to start organizing my own schedule, too (I’m a stay-at-home dad of two schoolage kids, myself!). So I’m very excited to announce that I am now booking for school, library, and homeschool author visits for 2021-2022!

I offer a variety of presentations and workshops, from how picture books are made, to the craft of writing poetry, to STEM-based prehistory that includes everything from dinosaurs and lobsters to ferns and redwoods! I’ve also given presentations to adults on subjects like writing free verse poetry for children and learning how to create non-traditional narratives in children’s literature.

Visits can be in-person or virtual, and are priced either by the day, by the half-day, or à la cart (per presentation, if you only need one or two visits). I can also offer a few free 20-minute virtual visits on a limited basis!

If you’d like to know more, please email me at matt(at)mattforrest(dot)com – you can also learn more by visiting my website!

Speaking of all the PEOPLE I can’t wait to see at SCHOOL…

A tip o’ the hat to all the bus drivers out there, getting our kids safely to and from school! (Click to enlarge)
Image from the children’s poetry anthology “School People,” © 2018 Wordsong/Astra Publishing, 2018, all rights reserved

Speaking of SCHOOL…!

I still have a few spots available for a FREE AUTHOR VISIT to your school on Nov. 19, to celebrate World Children’s Day, which is officially the day after, Sat. Nov. 20. Just send me an email to matt(at)mattforrest(dot)com and we can arrange a time for me to share my new picture book, I Am Today (POW! Kids Books), about a little girl who decides she doesn’t need to wait to be “the Future” to make a differene in her world. Plus, every school or homeschool group who signs up will also receive a FREE COPY of the book!

For all of today’s Poetry Friday fun, head over to Teacher Dance, where Linda has today’s Halloween-themed roundup.



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I continue adding to my “Wit & Wordplay” videos ! These videos were created for parents and educators (along with their kids) to learn how to write poetry, appreciate it, and have fun with it. From alliteration and iambs to free verse and spine poetry, I’m pretty sure there’s something in these videos you’ll find surprising! You can view them all on my YouTube channel, and if you have young kids looking for something to keep busy with, I also have several downloadable activity sheets at my website.


Ordering personalized signed copies online? Oh, yes, you can!

You can purchase personally-signed copies of Flashlight Night, (Astra Young Readers, 2017), Don’t Ask a Dinosaur (Pow! Kids Books, 2018)and nearly EVERY book or anthology I’ve been part of!

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Just click the cover of whichever book you want and send a comment to the good folks at MainStreet BookEnds in Warner, NH requesting my signature and to whom I should make it out. (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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14 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Looking forward to being together again with “School People”

  1. Mary E. Cronin

    I love this poem in SCHOOL PEOPLE, Matt. As someone who works in an elementary school, I so admire the way that SCHOOL PEOPLE captures so many of the unsung heroes of a school community, bus driver included! So glad to read you will be visiting schools again. Happy Halloween!


  2. lindabaie

    The book ‘School People’ is a favorite, showing ALL those who make school a happy place. My younger granddaughter gets to take the bus for the first time this year & loves it! The news says the district is struggling with filling all the driver jobs, though. Your poem shows that good start important to so many kids, Matt, a “good morning smile”! Wishing you so much fun in those school visits!


    1. Thank you very much, Linda…you’re right, bus drivers are in short supply all over the country. We’re having a difficult time figuring out how to get students to their afterschool ski & snowboard programs because there’s no one to drive them to the slopes.

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  3. Your bus driver poem is another good example of writing poems that children can relate to. Schoool bus drivers are important people in children’s lives. It is too bad that now so many are needed and jobs are not being filled like they used to be.


    1. Thanks,Carol – indeed, our school district has had to be creative in making sure all the buses are running for the students. We have one of the geographically largest cooperatives in the state (it’s a 45-minute drive from the lower corner of the district to the upper corner, and that’s while using the highway for half an hour!)


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