It’s Day 25 of our #WaterPoemProject — 30 days of water-themed poetry prompts from your favorite children’s authors. Only five days of poetry writing to go!

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, was an exciting day. My middle grade novel of friendship, girl power, and wrestling, Takedown, came 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.

Please welcome poet and children’s author Laura Purdie Salas to our project. Laura is a member of the Poetry Friday blogging community. Visit her blog to see some of Laura’s #WaterPoemProject poems.

Laura’s prompt is: Be a Snow-Maker!

Laura Purdie Salas

You’d think we have enough snow here in Minnesota, but when it gets really cold…bone-chilling cold…thirty degrees below zero cold, then that’s the time to boil a mug of water and make some snow.


Here I am in 2014 doing just that. How does it work? Here’s a cool Wired article that gives a good, compact explanation.

Photo by Randy A. Salas

Imagine you have the power to really make it snow. Or rain, or sleet, or hail.

How do you feel about it? When do you use that power? How do you use it?

Write a poem with plenty of sensory details that expresses that.


Let’s throw some sizzling hot words onto the page and see if they turn into something magical, like snow. Try to have your poem drafted by the end of the day tomorrow, Thursday, April 16, 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.

Laura says, “My next book is Secrets of the Loon, coming out April 28 from Minnesota Historical Society Press. It’s a rhyming story with science back matter about Moon Loon (and since she migrates, she needs to be flying south long before the snow comes!)”

Find Laura Purdie Salas online at



#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
Prompt 25: Laura Purdie Salas, Be a Snow-Maker!

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

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  1. […] Wednesday Laura Purdie Salas’ challenge was to imagine that you had the power to make it snow (or rain, or sleet, or hail.) That took me […]

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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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