I am tickled to have a poem in the fall issue of BUMPLES BUDS, a brand-new online magazine for children. BUMPLES BUDS is a high-quality interactive magazine filled with stories, poems, games, and activities. It's bright, colorful, and very inviting. I just love the illustrations for my poem. Did you notice the book the boy is reading? It is my very own TREASURE IN THE ATTIC!
I wrote "First Book" many years ago after watching the excitement my sons and my students experienced when they independently read their first book. This past summer, I got to relive that experience when my granddaughter and I read together. She is quickly becoming an independent reader!
"First Book" originally appeared in Lee Bennett Hopkins' WORLD OF POETRY series in 1998. A year later, it appeared in Scholastic's MONTH-BY-MONTH POETRY professional book. For the past 18 yrs., it was tucked away in my files. When I saw that BUMPLES BUDS was accepting poems, I took a chance and sent it off! It makes me happy to think a new generation of children will read and (hopefully) enjoy it.
Writers, BUMPLES (for children 6-10) and BUMPLES BUDS (for children 3-5) is accepting submissions! You can check out a sample issue here.
A big thank you to Brenda for hosting this week. I hope wherever you are, you are enjoying a gorgeous autumn season.