Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
On Tuesday, March 12, my second spring title, In the Middle of the Night: Poems from a Wide-Awake House, comes out. This beautiful book from Wordsong (where many of my very favorite poets have published amazing books over the years) explores the mischief that our household objects and toys get up to while we sleep. Fabulous art from Angela Matteson make the night vivid and dynamic, and all the animated inanimate objects are SO charming! Publishers Weekly said, “Matteson fills her scenes with a sense of whooshing movement and rambunctious energy, making for a fun nighttime outing.” Whee!
Here’s the book trailer, which includes “Pencil Plunge,” my poem for Poetry Friday:
Also, on my website, there’s are a bunch of cute activity sheets (mostly courtesy of Angela!) and a Padlet where you can share your own night poems from you or your students. The review of the book from Kirkus says, “Familiar objects, playful language, and imaginative action add up to a collection that will amuse young listeners and, perhaps, inspire them to undertake imaginative explorations of their own,” and that’s exactly what I’m hoping! The Padlet is empty now, but it’s hungry for poems!
Here are some places I’ll be sharing this book soon!
- March 16, 2019: Subtext Bookstore, 10:30 a.m. (St. Paul, MN)
- April 6, 2019: Poetry-palooza three-book-launch party at Red Balloon (St. Paul, MN)
- April 16, 2019: Poetry Round-Up and book signing at TLA (Austin, TX)
Also, it would be a huge help to me if you would add this book to your to-read shelf on Goodreads!
Finally, there’s a blog tour! Yay! Some Poetry Friday friends and other poetry and book lovers will be sharing different things about the book over the next two weeks. For the ones where I did interviews, I tried hard to share different info with each person, so that there’s always something new. And some of the posts will include giveaways. Thank you, blog tour hosts!
Thanks for celebrating with me, Poetry Friday friends. I so appreciate your support and enthusiasm. Today, Catherine Flynn at the fantastic Reading to the Core is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup with a theme of celebrating International Women’s Day!