Children's Poetry

Original children's poetry and artwork, and tips for writing poetry.

Welcome to my poetry site- here you'll find lots to laugh and smile about! 

I'm a children's author, writing poetry and illustrating for magazines and books, and am thrilled to share poetry, pictures, writing advice and other good stuff from my picture books, Gibber/Animal Acrostics, Spinning Circles: Action Poems and Dozy Poems, Cozy Days. So welcome to this whimsical world, and read on!



Like cookie dough? 


Me, too! Beware - this site has plenty of sweet spots!

Publisher news!


I'd be over the moon if you'd go to this link on my publisher's site to pre-order my book, "Shimmer, Songs of Night"! 


It's scheduled release is 10/17/17 on Spork Books, and you'll have one of the first copies by Hallow's Eve!


https://www.clearforkpublishing.com/coming-soon/shimmer/



Scroll to the bottom of this page for the answers to my Shimmmer Facebook multiple choice about "glow-y" nature things- fun!


I'm a children's author with MacLaren-Cochrane, and they will be releasing my rhyming picture book titled My Community I'm excited about the months ahead -the artwork is coming together, and I'm involved with The Highlights Foundation in this book's promotion. Release date is scheduled for 2018.


From the Society of Children's Writer's newsletter May 2017


Visit my Facebook & twitter pages by clicking the links at the top of the page!

MY SOCIAL PAGES ARE FUN, LIGHT, INFORMATIVE, AND SOMETIMES I INCLUDE ACTIVITIES.


This Facebook link will take you to my "Book FB page"! A must see if you like mystery photos, picture books, new info coming in on parenting, poetry, teaching, reading, loving and caring for kids!

*JUNE JOURNAL*


June 23 -


Got the new Shimmer, Songs of Night book promo tee-shirts, and they look fabulous! I have them in lots of different colors and they'll be perfect for our book launch this autumn, free with the purchase of a book!


Meanwhile, looking forward to some time on the beach this summer and wrapping up a x-mas themed manuscript I'm in the middle of working on.


*MAY JOURNAL*


May 20 -


What a great day spent at the Millbrook Literary Festival, and with the super talented best selling children's artist/author, Iza Trapani! 


May 5 -


...Moving forward on my upcoming releases! We just did a cover reveal for Shimmer, Songs of Night. This is the illustration!


The editor decided to do a jacket on the book and we're adding another one of my poems (yay!) and extra illustrations (double yay!)...


I also have artwork being submitted for my poetry compilation, A Star Full of Sky (Daffydowndilly Press). 


Caryn Schafer is a really talented graphic designer/illustrator/photographer who lives in NYC, so not so far from me, and she's putting together some wonderful ideas. It's fun to see her interpretations.





This book is scheduled for release toward the end of November, so I'm busy with back to back releases later this year.


Hope you're all having sunny days and starry nights!



*MARCH JOURNAL*


March 3 -


February was a creatively busy month! The exciting news is my picture poetry collection, A Cheer for the Year, will be published in 2018! I recently signed a contract and am happily anticipating the adventure! 


Each poem in the collection celebrates a holiday -fun, contemplative and cheerful.


Meanwhile, I have many poems coming out in children's magazines over the next year, and it keeps my days (and nights) so wonderfully magical and preoccupied in word play and rhyme and prose. Feeling inspired, grateful, joyful!




FEBRUARY!



CHECK OUT THIS SNEAK PEAK PRELIMINARY ILLUSTRATION FROM MY UPCOMING  RELEASE, SHIMMER: SONGS OF NIGHT!


*DECEMBER JOURNAL*


December 1 -


Gibber book release celebration! 


Tonight I'm honored to spend with the award winning poet, Jo Pitkin, who's catalog includes lots of children's curriculum books as well as her latest poetry compilations, Cradle of the American Circus, and Lost Orchard....so grateful for her support and friendship!




Jo's poetry link:

http://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=333&a=260


Poetry workshops...




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Here I'm teaching poetry in a classroom visit. I like to get everyone involved including the teachers, much to their surprise! I'm on the left, and the school teacher is by my side in the bright colored blouse as we read a 'poem in two voices'. Fun! The kids get a kick out of their teacher's involvement!

Our cat, Lilac, loves Carina Povarchik's art sample from a book page in my upcoming release, Shimmer on CF Publishing's Spork imprint...


Dozy Poems, Cozy Days is featured in the
2017 LIBRARY GUIDE.
 
Maris (the illustrator) and I are thrilled!

The following poem is titled Welcome!


It appears in the new Spaceports and Spidersilk children's magazine issue.


This poem is also part of my book, A Star Full of Sky, which has been picked up by Daffydowndilly Press for publication! I recently signed the contract -yippee and more on this book soon....



I'm not afraid of bats or crows,

I'm happy for the eel that glows,

I relish when a strong wind blows,

and gladly welcome UFO's!

 

- copyright 2017 Raven Howell


MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME!

 

 Explore the pages of my website to see more of my poetry and artwork, and have fun with my writing tips and activities for home or for the elementary classroom. Here you'll find a place for the reader, the writer, student, teacher, parent, and friend. There are plenty of updates, diverse information, poems, and a little inspiration! 

A little Limerick trivia:


The poem, Hickory Dickory Dock showed up in "Tommy Thumb's Pretty Songbook" back in 1744. The famed tale of the clock-dwelling mouse was published with “Bah Bah, Blacksheep” and “Lady Bird, Lady Bird,” among others. Although no one knows for certain who wrote the book, it was one of the world’s first attempts to entertain children with literature, an early limerick...


“Hickory dickory dock.

The mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck one,

And down he run.

Hickory dickory dock.”




EACH CHILD IS BORN A POET AND EVERY POET IS A CHILD.


- Piri Thomas 






"Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words."


- Edgar Allan Poe




Eve Merriam said, "A good poem contains both meaning and music." 


What do you think she meant by that? How is poetry a bit like music to your ears?

        
THE GIFT OF POETRY

What do you see on a breezy autumn morning? What do you hear on a busy city street? How does ice cream taste on a hot summer afternoon? What does the scent of freshly sharpened pencils remind you of? How do you feel when you sip hot chocolate?

Ideas are everywhere, and poetry can be found in anything - ordinary and extraordinary.  Poems can send messages, help you understand someone else, get you thinking, cause wonder, and bring a smile to your face!



A POETRY WRITER'S FIRST TIP!


Robert Frost was a famous poet who didn't always write his poetry in rhyme, but he always wrote with some kind of technical challenge. 


On writing free verse (poetry that isn't rhyming), he once said, "I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down!". 


So, if poetry seems like a big challenge for you, or you just lack confidence in trying your hand at it - "play" poetry, write poetry with the "net down" - don't worry about trying to rhyme or make it perfect, just begin without setting up limits for yourself.




One way a poet can please the eye of the reader is to use shape poetry, sometimes called concrete poetry. There are many different forms of it. 


Here's my baseball poem.  I have a variety of examples of this type of poetry on other pages.

 

Step up

To the plate

The pitcher throws the ball

I swing – and smack! I make contact!

My teammates shout and call.

First, second, then third base

At last the game is done.

I’m home! I’m home! I hope my ball

Made it to the sun!



"The Baseball Poem"
copyright 2017 Raven Howell
from the upcoming release, "A Star Full of Sky"/Kelsay Books - Daffydowndilly Press


                     










CHICKS from my book, Gibber


Could it be a

Hundred hatched, or am

I in this yellow

Corner of the barn up to my

Knees in a

Sweeping shimmer of sun. 

*  My upcoming book, Shimmer/Songs of Night will be available this fall! Lots of things in nature glow and shimmer at night. Guess which two out of these four are true night time “shimmerers”:


Brazilian caterpillars

crystal jellyfish

New Zealand glow worms

rain forest tree frogs


THE ANSWERS ARE: 

CRYSTAL JELLYFISH AND NEW ZEALAND GLOW WORMS!


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Welcome!

Where You'll Find What

To learn about my writing and poetry background, go to About Me.  

For my published work, poetry and art samples and books, go to the Gallery.

Teachers looking for guidance, go to the Lounge area.

Kids, if you're a beginning or independent reader, go to your Locker.

If you're younger, there are lots of surprises in your Cubby! This is a great place for parents and grandparents. 

A couple of my books have their own pages with fun stuff! Click on "more" for those.


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