Isn't that lovely? The book has a magical feel to it. It's one I know I'll read again and again.
Smriti Prasadam-Halls is a new-to-me author. I'm not sure how I found WELCOME TO YOUR WORLD, but sometimes the right book comes to us when we need it. I love the soothing way it reads like a lullaby. Jaime Kim's illustrations portray "tender scenes between animals and their babies..." The book begins with a human mother holding her newborn.
Welcome, little baby,
round your mama curled.
Welcome, little baby.
Welcome to your world!
This book would make a great gift for new parents!
For the past few weeks, I've been jotting haiku and tanka in my notebook before bed. These are drafts that I might go back to someday and work on a bit more. Mostly, I'm just trying to take notice of what is happening in my life right now. Writing helps me do that.
During this time of staying at home, The Highlights Foundation has been providing some amazing free webinar sessions. Earlier this week, the fabulous Leslea Newman presented "Poetry to Soothe the Soul." Leslea shared insight into her writing process and tips for writing poetry. She also shared her Pandemic Haiku and assigned attendees to write a series of their own. I had fun with it!
I love READ! READ! READ! by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater so I have been looking forward to her new collection, WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! illustrated by Ryan O'Rourke. Her inspiring poems cover all aspects of the writing process from discovering "Ideas (like Peaches)" to the "Final Edit" and beyond. Amy's poems connect heart to heart with writers of all ages to show that no matter who we are or where we're from, our voices must be heard. The illustrations are expressive and totally gorgeous! This book would make a lovely gift for all the teachers and writers in your life!
A special thank you to Amy for giving me permission to share one of my favorites from the collection.
There was a video clip on the news last night showing people loading their carts and tussling over packages of toilet paper. One woman with a cart that looked like the one in this picture chased another woman through the store after she took one of the packages.
A clinical psychologist explained that buying tons of toilet paper helps people feel a sense of control and being prepared. Hmmm. I jotted a quick poem to share today. I hope it makes you smile.
The TP emergency
Buy a roll.
Buy a case.
Buy every package
in the place!