A Book by the Brook — Don’t Ask a Dinosaur

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

A Book by the Brook: Book Reviews at FriendlyFairyTales.com

This light romp from Deborah Bruss and Matt Forest Esenwine has loads of laughs as dinos try wrapping presents and baking cakes in Don’t Ask a Dinosaur. The text has loads of those tough dino names, all with dots to separate the syllables into pronounceable snack-sizes. And it scans smoothly and rhymes! I know, I couldn’t believe it either. Plus, Louie Chin did a wonderful job bringing the dinos to vivid but not-too-scary life. Continue reading

Progressive Poem

2018 Progressive Poem, photo of spiral staircase

For the second April in a row, I’m contributing a line, the eleventh here, to a community poem, developed like film in different darkrooms, forming a picture-poem for kids:

Nestled in her cozy bed, a seed stretched.
Oh, what wonderful dreams she had had! Continue reading

A Book by the Brook — Read! Read! Read!

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

A Book by the Brook: Book Reviews at FriendlyFairyTales.com

From its cover image of a book as a flying carpet to “stories/ that fly like birds”, Read! Read! Read! uplifts and envigorates. Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater dance happily beside Ryan O’Rourke’s illustrations, and my favorite is the happy child disappearing into a magazine with actual magic! Really! Continue reading

Imperfect Stars

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I’m pleased to announce that one of my poems can be found in the wild, or at least on The Mistake Anthology blog. The way it referred to me was hilarious: IMPERFECT poet Brenda Davis Harsham. So fitting. 🙂

The Mistake Anthology, Imperfect, comes out this month carrying two of my poems into the world with it.