Poetry Friday: “The Sun in My Hand”

It didn’t take me long to jump into the new year.

In case you missed it, last week I took a look at the incredibly successful year I had in 2021, delighting in contracts signed and books published as well as taking note of how far I’ve come in my brief, 10-year career in the children’s lit world.

So far this year (er…I mean, this week), I’ve managed to write seven new poems and revise two others for a new children’s poetry collection, I sent two more manuscripts out to two different editors, connected with some new authors as part of an online picture book marketing group I’ve joined, and now have a week’s worth of new potential picture book ideas, courtesy of Tara Lazar’s Storystorm.

If you’re not familiar with it, Storystorm is a fun and inspirational way to create ideas for picture books…plus, you could win some cool stuff!

Oh, and in addition to everything else going on, I’m still trying to keep up with the marketing plans for the picture books I have coming out THIS year! Whew…

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Speaking of books coming out this year, I Am Today (POW! Kids Books) is still planned for publication on January 25, so fingers crossed it doesn’t get delayed again.

I do need to take a moment and thank Debbie at Future Bookworms and The Momma Spot blog for her wonderful review, saying the book “should be in every home, classroom and library.”


The Blog Tour:

I Am Today (POW! Kids Books) is available for pre-orders everywhere books are sold – but if you order from my local indie bookstore, I can personally-sign ANY of my books and have them in the mail usually within 12-24 hours!

For today’s poem, I have something that is completely out-of-season. I’ve been in a bit of a summery mood this past week – probably because I love summer so much more than winter, and now that the first day of winter has come and gone, I’m looking forward to spring!

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(REMINDER: On Feb. 1 my friends at KidLitTV host the official COVER REVEAL of my new picture book, The Beginner’s Guide to Being Human (Beaming Books), which comes out this fall.)

My friend Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link is NOT celebrating summer today, however; in fact, she is celebrating winter, as she hosts the very first Poetry Friday of 2022! I hope you’ll check out her post and all the links!



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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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Arriving Jan. 25, 2022! Pre-order now!

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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17 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “The Sun in My Hand”

  1. “Summer’s sweet and fleeting days” – so true. Your poem is just the kind I would have used when I worked with small groups of readers – succinct, meaningful, and full of lovely sounds.Thanks for sharing this gem!


  2. Matt, yes, winter is here but summer waves at the beach sound absolutely delightful. I am so excited for your continued success in only a 10-year span. How marvelous for you! Thank you for the mention and save some thoughts of summer for me.


  3. lindabaie

    If January comes, can summer be far behind? Last summer’s star feels like a gift now, doesn’t it, Matt? Hope this next one comes swiftly! It’s a lovely poem of wishing for all of us. Best of luck for I Am Today coming very soon!


  4. Pingback: Poetry Friday: Dusting off a “January Shoreline”… and gearing up for publication day of I AM TODAY! – Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme

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