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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Happy Poetry Friday, everyone. This week, I have an original poem inspired by one of my new neighbors. This spider decided it was Guardian of the Mailbox. I found it there, sometimes on the handle, sometimes inside the box itself, for a few days in a row. I wondered, what would a spider be waiting […]

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Thursday, 10 October 2019

I’ve been out of blogging commission for some weeks. Most of you know the reason why.

But first, a reminder: If you’re coming to the NCTE Conference in Baltimore next month, you are invited to a Poets of KidLit dinner. It will be on Wednesday, November 20, 7 pm. Location TBA (probably Nick’s Fish House). Our special guest will be Kat Apel!

So … why haven’t I been blogging lately? On September 30, my husband and I moved out of our home of 20 years. We downsized a bit and moved from the suburbs to the country.

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Thursday, 19 September 2019

Happy Poetry Friday everyone! Thanks to the fabulous Linda Baie at Teacher Dance for hosting this week’s Poetry Friday link-up. (Look for a cameo from Linda a bit later in this post!) This Friday and next, I am celebrating Read a Poem to a Child Day. I wrote about this annual initiative a few weeks […]

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Happy Poetry Friday, everyone! Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong are hosting this week’s round-up at Poetry for Children. (Sylvia and Janet know how to throw a good party, so be sure to stop by and enjoy all that’s on the poetry menu.) Two quick bits of business before we get to the good stuff: Are […]

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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Greetings, Poetry Friday friends. I have been absent from blogging this summer as we prepare for a big change: we are moving to a new home in a few weeks! More details to come, but I hear that there is a resident tortoise living in the back garden. Meanwhile, I’d like to invite you all […]

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Thursday, 27 June 2019

Hi, Poetry Friday friends. Today, is my anniversary, but I’m not celebrating a wedding. More like a milestone. One year ago today, I posted my first robot doodle on Instagram. Much like the annual poetry project that I run each February, sharing my almost-daily robot doodles is an exercise in being creative without judging the […]

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Thursday, 13 June 2019

Welcome, Poetry Friday bloggers and fans. I’m excited to host Poetry Friday this week because it’s a special day. The third graders at Northfield Elementary, where I am poet-in-residence each spring, have their poetry celebration this afternoon! Thanks to everyone who has been following this residency and reading the kids’ poems. I have a few […]

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Thursday, 13 June 2019

It’s the Northfield Elementary Poetry Celebration this week! I’m looking forward to seeing the third grade poets. This is their chance to show off all of their hard work during the residency. The poems I share with you here are first drafts. Tomorrow is my first opportunity to see the revised poems. The students will […]

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Happy Poetry Friday!             I hope you brought your appetite. The Northfield E. S. third graders have more food poems to share with you today. But before we feast on lemonade, bubble gum, ice cream, pizza, and chocolate chip pancakes, I’d like to share a favorite poem by Naomi Shihab […]

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Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Welcome back to Northfield Elementary School! The third grade poems started our residency with list poems. (You’ll find a link to those poems at the bottom of this page.) Now that we’ve spent some time thinking about word choice and playing with rhythm, we are moving on to one of my favorite poetry workshops: food […]

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Laura Shovan

Laura Shovan is the author of the award-winning middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary. Her second book, Takedown, is a Junior Library Guild and PJ Our Way selection. Look for A Place at the Table, co-written with Saadia Faruqi, in 2020. Laura is a poet-in-the-schools Maryland.

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