I have some fun posts to share in the next few weeks. Next Friday (April 11), we'll feature a very talented young poet in our Student Haiku Poet of the Month Series. The week after that, I host Poetry Friday (Woo-hoooo! And crossing fingers the cyber gremlins don't steal any responses this year. Took major technical intervention by some Authors Guild hired heroes to find those entries days later....)
That will be April 18, and be sure to circle back because my guests will be - drumroll, please ....- Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong! They'll tell us all about the hot-off-the-press Poetry Friday Anthology for Science, which includes 218 poems by 78 poets. You can read their launch post here (on Sylvia's blog). Also, the collection has been featured by Mary Lee at A Year of Reading and by Irene Latham at Live Your Poem. Also check out these posts by Jeannine at View from a Window Seat and Linda at Teacher Dance. Catherine at Reading to the Core highlighted it, too, and there's a delightful nod from Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe. Also, those terrific Teaching Authors will be blogging about it this month, too. And - PSSST - Amy at The Poem Farm is giving away a copy each week this month! Click here for details. (If I missed anyone, correct my omission in the comments and I'll add your link here!)
I'm thrilled and honored to again be among the contributors, so I thought I'd share a couple of my poems here today. I'll share the fifth-grade poem here soon. (I "crashed" our book launch at our SCBWI Southern Breeze Springmingle last weekend with these - so fun to share and to spread the word about this new collection!)
Here are my poems from the Fourth Grade section:
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
You won't find a character, setting, or plot
on the side of the cereal box Dad bought.
But wait! There's still something tasty to read.
The food label has information you need.
Ingredients tell you what is inside.
(See sugar and salt? They were trying to hide.)
Your body needs protein, carbohydrates, and fat.
A good bit of this, just a little of that.
Vitamins help keep you active and strong -
minerals, too, when they tag along.
Check out the calories per serving size.
Then make a choice that is healthy and wise!
And now, my personal favorite - especially because Janet said she saw a link to this story and thought of me? Hmmmmm....
In the South Pacific,
Lord Howe Island has a tale
of how a giant stick bug,
thought extinct, might prevail.
"Land lobsters" as they're called
had lots of woe in store
when, back in 1918,
a ship wrecked on their shore.
Rats skittered from the boat
and found the black bugs tasty.
"They're gone!" the experts said. "Each one!"
-- a conclusion that proved hasty.
For not so long ago,
some scientists, at night,
climbed a sea stack miles away
and found an awesome sight.
Look! The giant stick bugs!
They counted twenty-four.
Now with help from science,
there are many, many more.
Poems © Robyn Hood Black. All rights reserved.
[Okay, you have GOT to check out these gi-normous stick insects, formally known as Dryococelus australis. Start here - and if you just can't get enough, look for "Lord Howe Island Stick Insect" videos on YouTube as well. ]
Thanks for reading along! Now, creep or crawl thee hence to The Poem Farm , where the amazing and aforementioned Amy kicks off our Poetry Month Roundups!