from CHRISTMAS PRESENTS
Edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by Melanie Hall
Students - Today's poem takes me back to my childhood. And while the setting for this poem is Christmas night, it could be about any busy time followed by a quiet time. I do love busy-ness, and I also cherish the quiet after busy-ness. Quiet time to curl up with a book and maybe a pet.
When I was a little girl, I loved to curl up near our Christmas tree with a book, to sit in the glow of those colored lights and read the night away.
This year, I find myself inspired by the literary tradition of Iceland, a country of readers and of book-givers at Christmas time. Curious? You can read about the Christmas Book Flood here at npr.
A book and quiet. A tree and a cuddly pet. These are some things I look forward to this week.
Today's little poem is the first poem that I ever had published in a book - ten years ago! CHRISTMAS PRESENTS, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Melanie Hall, is a lovely book for this season, and I love owning the original painting for this page. My husband Mark gave this piece of artwork to me ten years ago, and it was a fantastic and wonderful surprise.
Over at Sharing Our Notebooks, I am still happy to have Tanny McGregor with her superneat notebooks. Please stop by and leave a comment to be entered into her generous drawing.
The very kind and wise Irene Latham is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup at Live Your Poem. There you will find all of this week's poetry offerings, all around the Kidlitosphere.
I wish all of you wonderful surprises, happy busy-ness, kindness, art, and magical quiet time for reading and snuggling.
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