Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
My friend and critique group buddy Joyce Sidman has a gorgeous new poetry picture book, which I’m sharing here with you today! It’s called Hello, Earth! Poems to Our Planet (Eerdmans, 2021), and it’s just wonderful. Joyce wrote these poems to existing art by Miren Asiain Lora, and the images are whimsical and detailed and thought-provoking. (In fact, knowing Joyce wrote the poems to go with the art, it might be interesting to use an image from the book as a writing prompt, before you read the accompanying poem.)
All the poems are written from the point of view of kids talking to our planet, and Joyce has talked about how she wants kids to not only love the earth but to feel the earth loving them back. I adore that! Here’s a poem from this fantastic collection.
You were so different once:
a huge spinning cloud of gas,
a vast swirling sea of lave.
Finally your crust cooled
and settled into land
Even then, you kept changing.
You’ve felt giant footsteps
trample your back,
ancient roots dig into your soil,
fantastical leaves and flowers
breathe your air.
you must have a very long memory.
Which was your favorite part?
–Joyce Sidman, from Hello, Earth! All rights reserved
Here’s a video from Joyce, in which she shares the background of the book and also reads the first two poems from it.
And here’s a mini-book you or your students can print out, create, and wonder about…This book is a treasure, and I think you’ll love it!
Two more things:
- Joyce has a wonderful poem in this month’s issue of POETRY Magazine. Every poetry lover and teacher will adore this poem.
- I’m hosting one more Write Alone Together next week–Wed, Mar 10 at 6pm Central Time, for one hour. Click the image for the free registration page. Feel free to share with anyone you think might be interested!
For more poetry to love, don’t miss this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup with Aussie writer Kat Apel, who’s celebrating a new picture book!