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Life on the Deckle Edge

Poetry Friday - One Minute till Some Terrific Poems!

November 3, 2016

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, Kenn Nesbitt, book tracks

Greetings, Poetry Peeps! I missed everyone last week while I was winding up a week of school presentations (20, give or take) in Georgia.

It's the only week of the year that I actually take naps.

Maybe next year, I'll take along the hot-off-the-press collection getting so much buzz this week, Kenn Nesbitt's ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME (Little Brown and Company, illustrated by New York Times illustrator and celebrated artist Christoph Niemann). Click here for more about Kenn's first anthology on his extensive and colorful website, Poetry4Kids.

The Night Sky certainly seems to approve, with showers of sparkly stars from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal. The anthology has also been selected by Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of 2016.

Easy to see why, with 140 new poems by many of the best children's poets writing today. That includes quite a few Poetry Friday folks - so many that if I tried to mention, I'd leave someone out. Congratulations to everyone whose work lies between the intriguing purple covers!

It was a treat for me to meet Kenn (Children's Poet Laureate, 2013-15) at Western Washington University's POETRY CAMP a few weeks ago. He's kindly agreed to let me share one of his poems from the book today. There are seven sections, chock-full of poems that can be read in about a minute each. Every section is launched with a poem by Kenn. Here is one of my favorites, just over mid-way through.

Ted, Ted, Climb in Bed

Ted, Ted,

climb in bed.

Grab that book

we've read and read.

Tuck the blanket.

Tuck the spread.

Here's a pillow

for your head.

Settle in.

Get ready, Ted.

Here come poems

just ahead!

İKenn Nesbitt. Used with permission.

I predict this book will be "read and read," and read again! And, hey - it's out just in time for your holiday gift list. Sleepy parents will enjoy it as much as their tired tykes.

For more great poetry morning, noon, or night, visit the lovely Laura at Writing the World for Kids. (Yep - she's in the book, too!)


  1. November 3, 2016 9:43 PM EDT
    Our copy was delivered to the library yesterday, so it won't be long now before I can read through all the poems!
    - Diane Mayr
  2. November 3, 2016 10:06 PM EDT
    I just shared my bats poem from this anthology with 3rd graders this week, which was lots of fun. Thanks for sharing one of Kenn's poems, and congrats on surviving a full week of school visits. It's wonderful but exhausting work!
    - Laura Purdie Salas
  3. November 3, 2016 10:39 PM EDT
    Hi, Diane - I'm still working my way through them. I know we'll both enjoy!

    Laura, your poem is wonderful - "Sheets of stretch/we carve the sky" - :0) I'm sure the third-graders loved it. Definitely on the school visits - fun, and exhausting, n'est-ce pas? Thanks for hosting this week!
    - Robyn Black
  4. November 3, 2016 11:05 PM EDT
    I have it, but still haven't opened it-too many poetry work for Cybils! But, the grand-girls are spending the night with me Sat. night so that is the time we'll read and read! The poems shared, like this one by Kenn, are going to be wonderful I'm sure. Thanks, Robyn, exciting book!
    - Linda Baie
  5. November 3, 2016 11:19 PM EDT
    I've heard so many good things about this book - time to place an order for it!
    - Tara
  6. November 4, 2016 12:50 AM EDT
    I must be off to bed, like Ted. But without a copy (yet) of this fun-sounding sleep enducement. I love the cadence & the rhyme. Appreciations, Robyn & Kenn N.
    - Jan/Bookseedstudio
  7. November 4, 2016 12:51 AM EDT
    Hi, Linda - thanks for your service to the poetry world with the Cybils! Enjoy your time with your precious granddaughters, and some poems too. :0)

    Tara, I'm enjoying the variety of poems... will keep on hand in case there are grandchildren in our own future down the road.

    Haha, Jan - you are oh-so-clever. And I really ought to be off to bed myself this evening-turned-wee hours....;0)
    - Robyn Black
  8. November 4, 2016 6:11 AM EDT
    I loved this poem, too, Robyn. Such a lovely voice. And I too am loving the variety of the collection. And the risks that some poets have taken, laughing in the face of rules. (And I have laughed with them.) It's a gorgeous collection!

    I shared one of my One Minute poems today. Called 'My Dad' - it's been wrapped in memories for many years.
    - katswhiskers (KatApel)
  9. November 4, 2016 7:00 AM EDT
    Delightful! Glad to know you are home and back in the poetry chair. Thanks for the lovely post.
    - Linda Mitchell
  10. November 4, 2016 8:26 AM EDT
    Kat, thanks for coming by with your trademark wit and insights! I look forward to visiting your post today and reading YOUR poem. :0)

    Hi, Linda - glad you enjoyed, and thanks for the kind words!
    - Robyn Black
  11. November 4, 2016 8:37 AM EDT
    Wonderful poem. I look forward to reading the book. 20 visits in a week?! Holy Guacamole.
    - Brenda at friendlyfairytales
  12. November 4, 2016 8:47 AM EDT
    Holy School Visit, Batman! That's a lot of presentations! I would say a nap is definitely in order. I'm looking forward to holding Kenn's book in my hands. Thanks for sharing this one today.
    - Doraine Bennett
  13. November 4, 2016 9:19 AM EDT
    I'm looking forward to reading this book! Everything I hear about it is full of praise! Thanks for sharing a poem from Kenn.
    - Penny Parker Klostermann
  14. November 4, 2016 10:24 AM EDT
    Howdy, Brenda! Maybe a beer with that guacamole... ;0) Always great to connect with so many young readers and writers! You're in for a treat with this new book.

    Thanks, Doraine. Now it's November and my art business is revving up - maybe I can indulge in my next nap the day after Christmas!

    Penny, I think you'll enjoy all the variety and whimsy. :0) Thanks for coming by.
    - Robyn Black
  15. November 4, 2016 11:36 AM EDT
    Been hearing such great things about this book! Can't wait to see it! Congrats to all the PF people featured in it.
    - jama
  16. November 4, 2016 1:25 PM EDT
    This seems to be the hot book, Robyn. I am hoping to purchase it at NCTE16. I love the poem you showcased. What a great book for children.
    - Carol Varsalona
  17. November 4, 2016 2:16 PM EDT
    I'm so excited for this collection, and it's so exciting to see so many Poetry Friday folks included!
    - Jane @ Raincity Librarian
  18. November 4, 2016 2:57 PM EDT
    Like everyone else, I'm impressed by the number of visits you did last week!
    Enjoyed Kenn's poem. I didn't realize that was his first anthology! I'll bet it won't be his last.
    - Tabatha
  19. November 4, 2016 3:01 PM EDT
    Jama, I think Mr. C. would like you to order it for him. ;0) XO

    Hi, Carol - I'll bet it will be a hot commodity at NCTE! Enjoy.

    Hi, Jane - Yes, Cheers all around for so many of "our" folks featured in it!

    Tabatha, I'll bet the same thing. Such an impressive list of contributing poets, and such a fun concept! Thanks for popping in.
    - Robyn Black
  20. November 4, 2016 6:36 PM EDT
    Thanks for the poem share, Robyn. This is a book I want for two reasons -- because it sounds like so much fun and because it has poems by so many Poetry Friday peeps! (I think I'll order two copies, one for myself and one for the grands.)
    - Violet N.
  21. November 4, 2016 8:58 PM EDT
    I won a copy from Today's Little Ditty! Can't wait to get it.
    - Margaret Simon
  22. November 4, 2016 9:26 PM EDT
    Hi, Violet - those are two wonderful reasons to buy this book! Plus, I always like to support children's poetry books, don't you? :0)
    It was so terrific meeting you at WWU - here's hoping for a reprise sometime.

    Margaret - Lucky you! And yay for Michelle. Enjoy diving in!
    - Robyn Black
  23. November 5, 2016 6:41 AM EDT
    What a fun poem! I have four great-nephews who would love this book. Twenty school presentations in one week? I'm exhausted just thinking about it! Hope you get a chance to relax a little this weekend!
    - Catherine @ Reading to the Core
  24. November 5, 2016 4:27 PM EDT
    Hi, Catherine! You'll love the book. SO many different poems. And... well, my studio was open for First Friday after Five last night and I was set up at a local Starving Artist Market today, so no real rest yet... but I'm holding out hope for the coming week, at least a wee bit. ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  25. November 6, 2016 6:28 AM EST
    Hello, Robyn--All the delight of being in this book is coming at a good time for me. Can it be that somehow YOU do not have a poem in it? Mine is tiny (featured on my blog this week) but I will gladly share it with you, friend. I used "November Volcano" to teach a whangdoodle of a lesson on metaphor to my 2nd graders on Friday (if I do say so myself).

    Will you be at NCTE in Atlanta???
    - Heidi Mordhorst
  26. November 6, 2016 7:15 AM EST
    I've heard so much about this book -- can't wait to get my hands on it!
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  27. November 6, 2016 7:42 PM EST
    It's such a beautiful book - in both word and picture! Thanks for sharing, Robyn, and thanks also for "You Just Wait," which arrived a few days ago!
    - Matt Forrest Esenwine
  28. November 6, 2016 11:49 PM EST
    Oy yoy yoy, Robyn my darlink ~ 20 school visits? Let me teach you a phrase: "I am booked that week...would next month work?"

    Ha ha ha ~ knowing you, my dear, you couldn't say no; those kids and teachers are lucky ducks!
    - April Halprin Wayland
  29. November 7, 2016 8:27 AM EST
    Heidi, My Friend! I was delighted to see your name among the contributors. I am cheering on this book from afar, as I didn't really connect with Kenn until this fall, but my hope is this one will be so successful he'll be in the anthology business again... ;0) Kind of feels like a November Volcano today, a day before election day - ha! I like your lava of leaves much better. ;0)

    Hi, Mary Lee - it's like a big playground of poems!

    Matt, glad you got your copy of YOU JUST WAIT. And congrats on being one of the ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME poets! I'm guessing the book will be well-used in your household?

    April, you are kind to attempt to guide me to sanity. Actually, it's a whole week in the same area - Cobb EMC sends a troupe of authors fanning out into schools in a few counties every day for five days for "Cobb EMC Literacy Week." Fun and crazy! Reached 23,000 kids this year.
    - Robyn Black

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