It’s Day 24 of our #WaterPoemProject — 30 days of water-themed poetry prompts from your favorite children’s authors.

If you’re looking for National Poetry Month writing prompts, we’ve got you covered. Start with Day 1 and you’ll have poetry prompts from now through the end of April.

New to this project? Please read the Introduction and FAQ. Or you can watch this video of me describing how to participate. It’s on the YouTube channel Authors Everywhere.

QUICK ASIDE! April 14, is an exciting day. My middle grade novel of friendship, girl power, and wrestling, Takedown, is out in paperback! Look for a special book giveaway on Twitter and Instagram. (Some winners will receive a special prize — a cute Beagle dog plushie — with their signed book.)

You can enter the giveaway here.

Kevin Hodgson is in charge of our prompt today. Kevin is a poet, educator, and Poetry Friday author. Check out his responses to the #WaterPoemProject prompts on Twitter.

Kevin’s prompt is: Write a Poem Full of Peepers

Kevin Hodgson

In early spring, here in New England, the rain-fed ponds of March and April seemingly overnight come alive with the cacophony of peepers, the early seasonal frogs looking for mates by shouting, singing, cajoling, making themselves heard above the din. It’s an amazing experience to listen in on.

For today’s poem of water, capture a woodland scene of hundreds of frogs in a peeper pond and use sensory imagery for your writing. You can learn more about these frogs at the Farmer’s Almanac and/or you can just listen in with your eyes closed to get inspiration:

Here’s my example:

Earbuds and microphones
and a sense of wonder;
Bring them all in with you
to capture the Symphony of the Wood

The singing these frogs do
for favorites is the oldest
and most reliable social network
known to the world: Love


Let us (or a friend or adult) peep at your brand-new poetry draft by the end of the day tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

If you’re doing the #WaterPoemProject with a group, be sure to share or post your rough draft, read other people’s poems, and cheer for their efforts. Or leave your poem here, in the comments.

Kevin Hodgson teaches sixth grade in Western Massachusetts and blogs at Kevin’s Meandering Mind

Kevin’s recommended book is a biography of Emily Dickinson, THESE FEVERED DAYS. Find it at Indiebound.


#WaterPoemProject Series Posts:

Project Introduction
Prompt 1: Irene Latham, The Language of Water
Prompt 2: Elizabeth Steinglass, What Would a Raindrop Say?
Prompt 3: Linda Mitchell, Found Haiku
Prompt 4: Shari Green, Fogbow Fibonacci
Prompt 5: Margaret Simon, The Taste of Water
Prompt 6: Heather Meloche, The Shape of a Wave
Prompt 7: Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, A Water Memory
Prompt 8: Laura Shovan, Rainy Day Opposites
Prompt 9: Kathryn Apel, Silly Solage
Prompt 10: Buffy Silverman, A Watery Home
Prompt 11: Kara Laughlin, Frozen Fog
Prompt 12: Debbie Levy, Jump into a Limerick
Prompt 13: Joy McCullough, What Are Water Bears?
Prompt 14: Linda Baie, Frozen Water Skinny
Prompt 15: Chris Baron, The Hidden World of Water
Prompt 16: Michelle Heidenrich Barnes, Water Wordplay
Prompt 17: Susan Tan, The Sound of Water
Prompt 18: Mike Grosso, Waterplay!
Prompt 19: R. L. Toalson, Wishing Well
Prompt 20: Margarita Engle, Ode to the Shore
Prompt 21: Faye McCray, Poem in a Bubble
Prompt 22: Meg Eden, Surprising Connections
Prompt 23: Beth Ain, Water with Salt
Prompt 24: Kevin Hodgson, A Poem about Peepers

Please support the #WaterPoemProject authors by buying their books from your favorite independent bookstore.

2 responses to “#WaterPoemProject: Day 24, Kevin Hodgson”

  1. […] back on the bandwagon this week and wrote for a couple of the prompts.On Tuesday Kevin Hodgson challenged us to write a poem full of peepers. I live at the swampy end of a small lake, where the spring […]

  2. […] Poem in a Bubble Prompt 22: Meg Eden, Surprising Connections Prompt 23: Beth Ain, Water with Salt Prompt 24: Kevin Hodgson, A Poem about Peepers Prompt 25: Laura Purdie Salas, Be a Snow-Maker! Prompt 26: Amanda Rawson Hill, Where Does Water […]

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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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