Linda Kulp Trout

Thursday, August 16, 2018

It's a GREAT MORNING! to Announce Winners and Share a Poem

Last week, I shared my poem from GREAT MORNING! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud. You can read more about Janet and Sylvia's wonderful new poetry resource here and my poem here.

One of the things I love about GREAT MORNING! is that the poems are linked thematically to a second poem.  This allows teachers an easy way to add another layer to the morning poem. The poem linked to my "What Does a Reading Specialist Do" is "Secret Worlds" written by the Young People's Poetry Laureate, Margarita Engle!   Her poem has a magical feel that will inspire readers young and old!

Secret Worlds

Please don't worry or fret today.
Just enjoy one page at a time.
Read a story, or poems that rhyme.
Write if you have something to say.

Each book is like a passageway
to secret worlds where you can play.

Reading will take you far away
to mountain peaks that you can climb
or dark swamps filled with thick green slime.
(Read backwards if you lose your way!)

Poem copyright © 2018 by Margarita Engle from GREAT Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong (Pomelo Books)

Did you know that the poetic form Margarita used is a Cuban  d├ęcima mirror, or that E is the most frequently used letter in the English language?  These are just two of the many interesting facts I learned from reading  GREAT MORNING!  There is so much to love about this anthology!  You really need to see it for yourself.

Also, be sure to check out the Pomelo Books Pinterest page for lots of beautiful digital postcards like this one.

Congratulations to Christie Wyman, Donna Smith, and Linda Mitchell , winners of a copy of GREAT MORNING! Please send your address to me at:

A big thank you to Christie at Wondering and Wandering for hosting today.


  1. Oh my, Linda. Beyond thrilled to have won a copy of Great Morning. It made it a Great Day!

  2. Love the poem you shared by Margarita Engle–she's a favorite of mine. And her her closing line is wonderful,
    "(Read backwards if you lose your way!)"
    I also liked hearing about the connection between your poem and hers. Thanks Linda!

  3. I love the rhythm of Margarita's poem, Linda. It gives a wonderful support poetically.

  4. Grinning's a Great Morning!! Thanks - can hardly wait to read it! ...I did know about e...

  5. Three lucky winners! Congrats to them. Love the digital postcards you've uncovered. And I'll try to read backwards more often.

  6. Oooh. A new poetry form! Looks like something fun that I'd like to try. :)

  7. Yay! I'm a winner...That's so fantastic! I can't wait to get these poems to my school leaders. I love the enthusiasm over this book. Is it too soon to think "award"?

  8. I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book a few weeks ago, and I love it!

  9. This book looks like such a rich resource. I hope it finds its way into every school.