Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hampsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees

Lee Bennett Hopkins' newest book, Hampsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees (HaperCollins) arrived in my mailbox. You can imagine how proud I am to have one of my poems (below) included among those of such greats as J. Patrick Lewis, Alice Schertle, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Heidi Roemer, and Jane Yolen. The collection of twenty school poems about spelling bees, backpacks, the excitement a bee causes as it buzzes through the classroom are sure to delight young readers. The poems are beautifully illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa. Children will see themselves and their classmates in these wonderful poems. It will make an excellent addition to the classroom library.

True Love

Every day
after school
my cat sits
on the windowsill
for me
to come home
from school.
I open
the door
to her


  1. Linda,

    Congratulations! I know the excitemnet you must feel. I'm going to order a copy of this poetry book today.

  2. Congratulations! How wonderful for you!!

    Can't wait to see the illustration that accompanies your poem!

  3. Elaine and Kelly,

    Thank you for reading my poem. Seeing it in Lee's book was the encouragement I needed to keep submitting.

  4. Congratulations! I can't wait to see the whole book now!

  5. Congratulations! What a good poem, too. We have a big orange tabby cat, who sits at the window on the back of a sofa, and I can just picture the scene in your poem.

    I always enjoy those anthologies that LBH puts together.

  6. Mary Lee and Susan,

    Thanks for your kind words. The artwork in the book is really cute.
    By the way, Susan, I have two kitties. The one I wrote the poem about is a big orange tabby. He is much more affectionate than my girl kitty.

  7. Congratulations! What a wonderful poem and such an exciting place to see it published!

  8. Linda, Congratulations! I can't wait to see this book. Great poem, and I'm glad seeing it in print was motivating for you. Hooray!

  9. Encouragement from wonderful writers like you means so much.
    Thank you for your kind comments. The illustrations in the book are wonderful!