Poetry Friday: Christmas cookies and a blog tour!

If you’ve not heard, the official blog tour for my upcoming picture book, I Am Today (POW! Kids Books), is underway! Due to supply chain / shipping issues, the publication date has been delayed from an original date of Oct. 5 to Nov. 30…and now that publication date has been moved to Dec. 21! (Read a more detailed explanation HERE)

While we’re hoping the third time’s the charm, we’re also hoping for more pre-orders, which are really important and can benefit an author in more than one way.

I do have to say I’m so grateful to all the bloggers who are participating and sharing their thoughts about the book; there are interviews, reviews, podcasts, and giveaway!

Kelle Moye kicked things off a couple of weeks ago when she featured a guest post from Yours Truly at her blog, Unleashing Readers. Earlier this week, Brenna Jeanneret and Josh Monken at the You May Contribute a Verse podcast shared a conversation we had about everything from picture books to poetry to submissions. And yesterday, Brian Gehrlein at the Picture Book Spotlight posted an in-depth interview with me about the inspiration behind I Am Today, the odd way I went about coming up with the concept (they don’t teach you this is workshops!), and why I love writing picture books with non-traditional narratives.

Which brings us to TODAY! Kathy at Celebrate Picture Books offers her review of I Am Today – and I am completely blown away by her kind words and effusive support. I really hope you’ll check it out to learn more about the book and how Patricai Pessoa’s narrative (via her illustrations) and my text work together.

The complete list:

I Am Today is available for pre-orders everywhere books are sold – but if you order from my local indie bookstore, I can personally-sign your book (or any of my books) and have them in the mail usually within 24 hours!

ALSO: If you’re in the NH area this weekend, I hope you’ll stop by Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith! The entire Mill Falls Marketplace is having their annual Holiday Open House, and the book store has invited me to stop by for my first in-person author signing event since the shutdown – I’m so excited!

For today’s poem, I thought I’d share something I originally posted a mere year ago – but it was so much fun writing it, I just had to share it again! The irony is that it’s a Christmas poem (well, sort of) that I wrote in April 2020, right after Covid had shut everything down. Inspiration pops up whenever it wants to, I guess.

Christmas Cookie Favorites

Peanut butter,
biscotti with
a candy dip,
Christmas crinkles,
cut-out stars
with lots of sprinkles,

pinwheels, thumbprints,
candy cane,
oatmeal, Linzer,
snowballs, spritz,
corned-beef jumbles
filled with grits…

© 2020 Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved

(read the rest of it HERE – but trust me, it doesn’t end the way you think it will!)

For more poetry, please visit Michelle Kogan, who is hosting today’s Poetry Friday roundup with an original holiday poem about embracing other cultures and traditions along with a couple of other short poems.

Happy holidays, and keep in touch!



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14 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Christmas cookies and a blog tour!

  1. kareneastlund4898

    Best wishes with your book sales, Matt. This supply thing is crazy. Also, I love the cookie poem. Corned beef & grits… hahaha!


  2. The poem is so much fun to read through. I left a comment at the end of it. Give me five more minutes to add Michelle’s name to the blog post as PF host and the post will fly into the Twittersphere and social media world.

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  3. heidimordhorst

    Matt, I’m sorry about the painfully-delayed I AM TODAY (apparently I AM DECEMBER 21st instead!). It’s fitting that an early stop on the blog tour for this book is at “Unleashing Readers,” since that’s essentially the theme of this book and your dinosaur story over at Carol’s blog. This idea that kids should not have to wait to take charge, make change–this can only happen if we adults are truly willing to give up power and control, and this is super-hard, *even when we think we want to.* So often we say “Yes, you are today,” and then we show our true colors in what we do–“you’re not ready today.”
    do this in my classroom too–I *think* that I want my 4yos to take the lead, and then I plan each day down to the minute and forget to leave time for them to actually TAKE THE LEAD. (District and curriculum expectations, don’t you know.) Thanks for helping me reflect on the challenge this book presents to us, the adults in the room! Here’s something I came across yesterday that resonates…https://education-reimagined.org/declaration-of-a-learner-centered-future/


    1. Thank you, Heidi! Yes, I think we need to pay more atention to what we, as adults say and do in regards to helping kids take ownership in their lives and – dare I say – their future. Love the link you shared, especially the definion of success! I fully believe that.


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