Well, it’s that time of year again – the kids are getting out of school for the summer and parents are wondering how to keep them busy!
Many schools and libraries share lists of suggested summer reading for parents, of course, and I’m very proud to see several of my own books showing up on these reading lists and blogs.
SUMMER READING LISTS!
A few of the folks I’d like to thank:
Kansas NEA Reading Circle – Recommended Title (Flashlight Night)
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School (MO) (Flashlight Night)
We Are Teachers (Flashlight Night)
Fairfax County (VA) Public Library “Picture Walks” (Flashlight Night)
Emirates Education Program “Summer Reading List 2022” (Flashlight Night)
World News Era “Summer Reading List 2022” (Flashlight Night)
West Vancouver Memorial Library “Summer Reading Recommended Titles”
(I Am Today)
The Contented Reader “25 Wonderful Books for Earth Day” (I Am Today) (True, this was initially posted for Earth Day 2022, but why not celebrate the Earth year-round??)
Book Trib “Celebrate Our Planet” (Once Upon Another Time) (This was published last spring, but I didn’t come across it until today, so I wanted to make sure I included these nice folks!)
Advent Lutheran Church (NYC) (Once Upon Another Time)
Severna Park United Methodist Church “Caring for Creation (Addressing Climate Change)” (Once Upon Another Time)
Compassionate Christianity (Once Upon Another Time)
Newton (MA) Free Library (Night Wishes)
Book Nerd Mommy “Not-to-be-missed Picture Books” (Night Wishes)
Book Nerd Mommy “Fantastic Poetry Picture Books” (Night Wishes)
Hello, Wild Things “Flashlight Book Basket” (Flashlight Night) (This was posted in 2020, but I just love the concept!)
Asa Books July Reading List (Flashlight Night) (This was also originally from 2020, but I just came across it yesterday and wanted to give them a shout-out. Thanks, folks!)
Last but not least, I want to thank Jena Benton for reviewing Once Upon Another Time on her blog this past April for National Poetry Month! I never realized it until this past week, so thank you so much, Jena!
Since it’s Poetry Friday, I thought I’d share two poems from Lee Bennett Hopkins’ anthology Night Wishes (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2020), which has received so much love from librarians and children’s book lovers!
One of the poems is my contribution and the other was written by my friend Rebecca Kai Dotlich. I was surprised to see that we both used the term, “child” – which I think helps maintain the book’s continuity – even though neither of us saw the other’s poem until the book was published!
There’s a lot more poetry in store! Today’s complete Poetry Friday roundup is at MoreArt4All, Michelle Kogan’s little home on the web, so I hope you’ll stop by and check out all the links and fun!
By the way, if you’ve ever wondered how to get published without an agent, I hope you’ll join Natasha Yim, Ashok Banker, and Yours Truly for what I hope will be a fun, informative panel discussion with San Francisco Northeast Bay SCBWI hostess Gennie Bruce Gorback next Wed., June 22!
Only $5 for SCBWI members, $10 for non-members – so no excuses! I’ll be watching for you. 😉
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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.
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Thank you to everyone for your support!
- NY Public Library’s “100 Best Book for Kids 2017” AND “Staff Pick!”
- KIRKUS Starred review!
- Kansas NEA Reading Circle Recommended Books!
- “Best Reads of 2017,” Unleashing Readers
- Finalist, 2019 New Hampshire Literary Awards
- Positive reviews from Horn Book, School Library Connection, School Library Connection, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, and Shelf-Awareness!
DON’T ASK A DINOSAUR:
- “Rollicking rhyme!” – Booklist
- “A wild romp!” – Parenting NH Magazine
- “Cute…intriguing…4 out of 5 stars” – Tulsa Book Review
- “Rhythmic…funny and informative” – Unleashing Readers
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20 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: 2022 Summer reading lists and “Night Wishes”!”
Aww! You’re welcome! =)
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Love Night Wishes. Thanks for sharing yours and Rebecca’s poems. Thanks also for the info about the webinar. I will try to attend.
Thank you so much, Rose!
Those poems were both amazing. They are lullabies in print and paint. Thanks for sharing them with us. https://dave-homeschooldad.blogspot.com/2022/06/i-cant-skip.html
Thanks, Dave, I really appreciate that!. Fun poem of yours, by the way – love how the rhythm bounces (or skips?) right along!
Lovely sleepy poems, Matt. Night Wishes is a special book! Thanks for reminding!
Oh, thank you, Linda – you’re too kind.
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Thanks for the Night Wishes poems… I must find that book! Good luck on all your ventures.
Thank you, Karen!
Matt, I read through your post on my phone but lost the connection. I am so excited about your success and tips for submitting a manuscript.Congratulations.
Thank you so much, Carol!
“Pillows” a lovely invitation into dreams… Thanks for sharing Rebecca’s too! All the best with your upcoming talk Matt, and release of your new book this October!
Thanks, Michelle, it’s always nice to be busy. 😉
Woohoo! Fairfax County is where I live. I don’t know what branch has your book as a story walk, but I’ll check my local branch because I know they always have one going on. 🙂
Thank you, Marcie! The way I read the article, it sounds like they are offering these books as sugegstions if a librarian (or other) wants to create a StoryWalk. But if you do come across one of mine, please let me know!
Both are such lovely poems. Thanks for sharing them this week. I think Lee is smiling down on you this week. 🙂
I hope he is, Jama, thank you.
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Matt, yours and Rebecca’s poems together are a perfect complement! What a joy to read both of them, and the ART is so joyful! Thank you! I’m super bummed I only saw the SCBWI webinar today (was out of town yesterday and I see I missed the deadline)! Boo!
Oh, thank you so much, Patricia. I’m sorry you won’t be able to make it!