Friday, August 17, 2012

Dear Students, & A New Book!

Photo by Amy LV

Click the arrow to hear me read this poem to you.

Teachers and Students - Welcome to your new school year!  I have been thinking about you, about my own children and the new schools I'll be working in and this school year ahead.  It is indeed a type of meadow, full of surprises and growing, beauty and adventure.  I can't wait to see what new book titles will land in my notebook and what new friends I will make.

I guess you could call today's poem "a gift poem" since I wrote it with all new school-year-hikers in mind.  We often write with a special audience in our heads, and today my special audience is you.  

And now....a book announcement!  I am so pleased to share this brand new book with you today.  It's THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY, compiled and edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.  With both a Common Core and TEKS edition, this book introduces the idea of breaking for poetry each Friday.

From Janet and Sylvia -

In 2006 blogger Kelly Herold brought Poetry Friday to the “kidlitosphere.” Much like “casual Friday” in the corporate world, there is a perception in the world of literature that on Fridays we should relax a bit and take a moment for something special. Why not bring the Poetry Friday concept into your classroom and take five minutes every Friday to share a poem and explore it a bit, connecting it with children’s lives and capitalizing on a teachable moment? Pausing to share a poem—and reinforce a language skill—on Poetry Friday is an easy way to infuse poetry into your current teaching practice. 

Just in time for the 2012-2013 school year, get your copy of THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY, edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. It's a new anthology of 218 original, previously-unpublished poems for children in kindergarten through fifth grade by 75 popular poets from Jack Prelutsky and J. Patrick Lewis to Jane Yolen, X.J. Kennedy, Margarita Engle, Nikki Grimes, Kathi Appelt, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Georgia Heard, and many more. (See a complete list of our impressive poets at

The book includes a poem a week for the whole school year (K-5) with Common Core curriculum connections provided for each poem, each week, and each grade level. Just five minutes every “Poetry Friday” will reinforce key skills in reading and language arts such as rhyme, repetition, rhythm, and alliteration. 

I am tickled to have five poems in this anthology, and thrilled to have a few copies to give away!  For the next three Fridays, by leaving a comment, you will have an opportunity to win your own copy of THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY.  Please just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the first drawing.  The winner will be announced next Friday, August which time I will begin a new drawing for this book!

If you don't win...please check it out on Amazon and consider ordering a copy for yourself or your child's teacher.

On my other blog, Sharing Our Notebooks, it is an honor to host naturalist and teacher Bill Michalek and his notebooks this week.  Please stop by and read his thoughtful post and also enter your name in the giveaway for one of Bill's favorite books.  If you or your students keep notebooks, please remember that Sharing Our Notebooks is a blog to inspire just that work by highlighting all types of writer's and artist's notebooks.

Mary Lee is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at A Year of Reading.  Enjoy the treats!  Happy Poetry Friday!

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Robyn Hood Black said...

What a wonderful invitation to students starting a new year of adventure - thanks for sharing!

And I'm thrilled to share the pages of the Poetry Friday Anthology with you. I especially love your "Out My Window" poem. :0)

Bonnie said...

Poetry Friday rocks! The kids love it and I do too! How great that an anthology has been published of these great poems by people that have become our friends. You know this when the kids refer to the poets by first name or "Mrs. VanDerwater" when talking about a craft move or just anything that touched them in their poems.

Dana said...

Thank you for the welcome back poem Amy. I am very excited about the Anthology. I already ordered a copy earlier this week and I'm awaiting its arrival in the next few days! Can't wait to share more poetry with students this year.

Janet Wong said...

I love all your poems in this anthology, Amy, but I think the absolute best have got to be "Tooth" and "Baby Tooth." We liked them so much and so equally that we had to include them both. Kindergartners and 1st graders will ADORE them. (And I think that university students studying child development could learn a bit about K vs 1st by juxtaposing those two poems!)

Jone said...

I am so excited for you. Congrats. Can't wait to get it.
Here's my link for Poetry Friday:

Renee LaTulippe said...

I just ordered my copy, so don't put me in the giveaway! Whoo! Was thrilled to see it already available on Italian Amazon, so I snapped it up. Cannot wait to dig into this -- and no surprise you have five poems in it. You spin gold, my friend! Congrats!

Charles Waters said...

5 poems? You have 5 poems in the anthology! That is a tribute to your writing talent Amy. I SO proud of you! ALV POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stacey said...

Amy - wonderful news - 5 poems! And what a gift to students with this poem today. Lovely.

BJ Lee said...

5 poems - that's wonderful, Amy. I've been reading a lot about this anthology. Sounds very cool, tying in with curriculum - what an excelent idea.

Linda said...

Your poem is a lovely tribute to the start of a new school year! I can't believe summer is over. I'm looking forward to meeting my new students and to share lots of wonderful poems with them.

Linda at teacherdance said...

What a beautiful opening to the year, Amy. Our students don't begin until this Wed., so I'll be sure to share it in case someone would like to use it on the first day! Thank you. And congratulations again on your five poems in the anthology. It's such a wonderful thing for teachers everywhere plus a tribute for all the Poetry Friday poets who write for children.

Mary Lee said...

Love the teacher in your poem. I think she's YOU!

And I'm beyond thrilled that my poem lives between the same covers as some of yours. Hope that happens again some time!!

Looking for the Write Words said...

Hi Amy,
What a beautiful welcome to the students that meet you in person and here at the Poem Farm! I will definitely be ordering this book, but of course, I'd love to win one! How exciting that you have five poems in the collection!

Looking for the Write Words said...

Hi Amy,
What a beautiful welcome to the students that meet you in person and here at the Poem Farm! I will definitely be ordering this book, but of course, I'd love to win one! How exciting that you have five poems in the collection!

Mary Lee said...

PS -- Nothing says summer like Chicory and Queen Anne's Lace!! Great picture!!

Barbara said...

I was sharing your site with my new second graders today. Can't wait to share so many of your WONDERful poems with them throughout the year. I can't wait to check out this new book. Congratulations!

Kristen said...

A beautiful poem. It will be posted in my room the first day of school. I love your poetry and hope to win the anthology to look at what you shared.

Grant Thomas said...

Amy I love the book and can't wait to begin sharing poetry with my class. Your vacation poem really spoke to me. You have renewed my energy for writing. Thank you.

Deborah Bussewitz said...

Hi Amy. Lovely, lovely poem--full of images of school that we both value. Thank you. And congratulations on the poems in the Poetry Friday Anthology. How wonderful for you! How wonderful for all of us! ~Deb