Friday, July 17, 2015

Pluto! - Writing from Current Events

 

Pluto by LORRI and Ralph, 13 July 2015.jpg
Portrait of Pluto
Taken July 13, 2015 by the New Horizons Spacecraft



Students - This may be the first time I have posted a poem picture here that was not taken or drawn by someone in my family or by a good friend. But it's a clear and beautiful image of Pluto, and so I could not resist.  This past Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto, and it was the first spacecraft to do so.  It took nine and a half years to make the three billion mile trip, and they did it.  

When I listened to the news on Tuesday and Wednesday and saw the Pluto pictures, I knew that I would write about this exciting day and event.  Every single day, millions of interesting things happen in the world.  By reading or listening to the news, a writer can find many many ideas.  Try taking a peek at the newspaper or listening to radio news.  You might watch a bit of TV news or check out a news site here online, and let it inspire a new poem or piece of writing in you.

If you wish to read a bit more about the New Horizons fly-by, visit The New York Times. To see a timelapse video showing how our knowledge of Pluto has grown, visit NASA.  And this little NASA clip shows you Pluto's mountains:



This week I was over the moon excited to receive my contributor copies of the latest book by Lee Bennett Hopkins - JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES. Gorgeously illustrated by Jane Manning, this is a warm, wise, and whimsical celebration of poems celebrating the goodness of libraries.  My poem, "Book Pillows," could not be happier to be included, and I am looking forward to September when the book is available. Today, though, I am offering a giveaway to a commenter on this post. Simply comment with a way to reach you below, and I'll draw one name on Thursday evening and announce the winner next Friday.

Jumping Off Library Shelves by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Available through Your Local Bookstore
or Amazon

If you'd like to see how the Favorite Poem Padlet is growing, click here to check it out.  You can still add your favorite.  Just double click anywhere on the gray with your left mouse button, and begin typing!

This week's Poetry Friday party is with Kimberley over at Google +.  Visit there to read a beautiful poem and to learn about links to poetry goodness all around.

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16 comments:

Catherine said...

I grew up with the excitement of the Apollo program, and I felt a return of that thrill of discovery this week as I listened to and read all the news reports about Pluto. I love "your sweet dwarf planet face." Thanks for sharing, Amy!

Marcie R said...

Congrats on having your poem included in the new book. Will have to check it out!! "Book Pillows" sounds like a great one 😀

skanny17 said...

Excited to see this new book! We have our first grandchild coming in January! I am assembling the collection of poetry books I will be gifting this child over the years. Guess which ones will definitely be on this list? Forest and Manger are on the top! And your new ones once they are out. I already gave Lullaby Kisses when my son and his wife arrived to announce the news. I had NO idea a baby was a consideration yet (duh) and had bought 2 copies, only just arrived at that time, one to keep and enjoy and one to gift. Was that meant to be? Baby's first book is a poetry anthology filled with work by so many poetry friends I know and others I hope to meet some day. Happy summer to you and yours. Not heading to ILA this year nor NCTE. But some day. If you see Vita please give her a hug, and all my other favorite folks!

Donna Smith said...
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Donna Smith said...

Congratulations on "Book Pillows"! "Jumping Off Library Shelves" looks like a fun collection. Must go check it out - it's time to start my grandchildren's collection!

Linda Baie said...

Isn't it just amazing that we've waited nearly ten years for this? The scientists are ecstatic that it all worked. How nice that you wrote about it, Amy! And congratulations on your poem, "book pillows" in J. Patrick Lewis' new book. I'm sure it will be wonderful. Going over now to check out the padlet!

Margaret Simon said...

I wish I had been in school this week to watch and share all the great science news. It's just better with kids. I am so excited about your new poem publication. Congratulations. I'd love a copy for your biggest fans in Louisiana.

Buffy Silverman said...

That is a poetry inspiring photo and science story! Such a long journey for a brief (and amazing) encounter--I like the way your poem captures that. Congratulations on your "Book Pillows" new book!

Linda said...

I love your Pluto poem, Amy. It's so much fun to read aloud! Congratulations on "Book Pillows." Lee's anthologies are always wonderful. I can't wait until it's available!

Linda A. said...

Congratulations on your poem's place in an anthology I hope will jump off the library shelves. "Book Pillows"--hmmmm...I am imagining what you wrote, just like people imagined what Pluto was like until getting to see for themselves.

Jennifer Vincent said...

I love your poetry Pluto celebration! And I like how you mentioned that by listening to the news, we can come up with ideas. I adore NPR and find their writing so descriptive and heartfelt even though it's non-fiction. I see it as a mentor text, an idea generator, and even something to compare and connect with. Thanks for sharing!

Ms. Craney said...

Thanks so much for incorporating science and current events into poetry! I hope all is wonderful with you! (In case anyone needs a laugh: http://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/internet-celebrates-the-pluto-flyby-with-humor-and-photoshop-781667

Kathy said...

As a librarian a poetry books about the "goodness of libraries" makes we swoon. Can't wait to add this to my school library.

Gayle Kerman said...

Love the Pluto poem. Can't wait to read Jumping Off the Library Shelves. You are an inspiration.

Carol said...

I want to share your Pluto poem with the science teachers at my school. I think they'd love it. Can't wait to see JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES- what could be better than poems about books?
Carol

Looking for the Write Words said...

Love this, especially the link to a current news story. Can't wait for the September release. Hope you are enjoying the glorious summer weather!