Thursday, September 18, 2014

Poetry Friday-exciting week

         Amy Ludwig VanDerwater hosts us today at her wonderful blog, The Poem Farm for Poetry Friday, our last of summer shares.  Thanks to Amy, we enjoy poetry every season!  Today, she has a "poem hug" for all of us. 




       Time for Cybils' announcements this week! You can find the lists of judges in each category here on the Cybils' website. I'm very excited to return to the Round Two Judging for poetry.  I'm researching books that have been published this year, and already own some.  Below, see those I'm working alongside.  What a great time it will be, except for finally having to choose just one winner!

       Remember that nominations begin October 1st!  It's also a great source for discovering extraordinary titles if you look at the list of previous winners in ALL the categories and the new nominations for this year.  It's a terrific time to be a blogger and/or a children's writer.

        Time to say goodbye to summer this weekend, and also to the little moments, just fun. Sitting on a back stoop blowing bubbles with children is one of those.

Bubbles
Take the wand

dip in,

gently blow.


Magic here

for a child,

wondrous show.

Bubbles keep

rainbows

in their glow.


Then the burst,

child cries

“Where’d it go?

Linda Baie© All Rights Reserved


2014 Poetry Judges - Congratulations everyone!

                      Round One

First Round
Kelly Fineman
Writing and Rumination
@kellyfineman
Nancy Bo Flood
The Pirate Tree
Jone Rush MacCulloch
Check It Out@JoneMac53
Margaret Simon
Reflections on the Teche@MargaretGSimon
Tricia Stohr-Hunt
The Miss Rumphius Effect@missphumphius
Sylvia Vardell
Poetry For Children@Sylvia Vardell
@bridgetrwilson                      
Round Two - the terrific people I will work with!
Matt Forrest Esenwine
Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme@MattForrestVW
Renee La Tulippe
No Water River@ReneeMLaTulippe
Diane Mayr
Kurious Kitty’s Kurio Kabinet@terserverser
Laura Shovan
Author Amok@laurashovan

46 comments:

  1. Oh, bubbles! Your poem so celebrates the magic and the mystery of bubbles. Don't you think that some of their beauty comes from the fact that they'll disappear any second? Thank you for this - and too, for this photo of such a beautiful sweet child. Congratulations on being a Cybils judge - What a super lineup. Happy Poetry Friday!

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    1. Thanks, Amy, & yes, that mystery is in part the short glimpse they give us. The Cybils is always a great experience!

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    2. Linda,
      What a fun poem to capture the magic of bubbles. I can see this as a broadside with a colorful illustration. Well done.
      Thanks for the Cybils poetry information. I'm looking forward to seeing which books are nominated so I can make a 2014 poetry for children reading list.

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    3. So nice to hear from you, Joy. I will miss you next week at the Barn-& I think David will miss you too! Safe & also glorious travels to Kenya! Thanks for the idea for my poem!

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  2. Hi, Linda. I'm excited to be judging Cybils this year with you and the rest of the group. The joy for me in playing bubbles with my young nephew is wondering together how long each bubble will last. Sweet poem!

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    1. Thanks, Laura, I will enjoy our time in the group too!

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  3. Appreciations for this memory about bubble making & bubble watching & bubble disappearing. (My mother told me they popped up inside a cloud!)

    And kudos to this creative collection of poem readers for their work ahead.

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    1. Thank you, Jan-fun to capture this memory! And I'll enjoy the work ahead very much with this group!

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  4. Linda, your poem is a sweet tribute to the glorious time of childhood when thoughts can be as carefree as the bubbles that float in the sky. I am looking forward to reading more about the Cybis'l awards. Happy judging!

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    1. Thanks Carol, being with young children is always a pleasure, and especially my grandchildren!

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  5. Congrats on participating as a judge again! I have always loved blowing bubbles. Thanks for sharing that sweet moment of summer fun.

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    1. Thanks, Doraine, the Cybils work is wonderful to do with the committee, learning more from each other & about the books. Capturing the summer fun is a delight, too.

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  6. Fun bubbles! And have a wonderful time with the Cybils!

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  7. I love bubbles -- and your poem is perfect! Wonderful photo too!

    Congrats on being a Round 2 judge again. :)

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    1. Thanks for all, Jama! Happy you enjoy the poem. Bubbles aren't just for children, you know!

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  8. Nice rhythm and rhyme in your poem! I'll bet my puppy would love to try to catch some bubbles. Thanks for the idea! :-)

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    1. Would be fun to see, Tabatha! Don't you think he'd bark a little, too? Thanks!

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  9. Linda, what a great team of judges! Have fun with reading and considering. Love the bubble poem and reminder of the carefree magic of blowing bubbles with grandkids.

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    1. Thank you, Joyce, pleasures are everywhere!

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  10. Bubbles are magic! I'm so happy to see you'll be a Cybils judge. I want to do it too someday.

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    1. Thanks, Liz. I hope you do join a committee some time. It is such a good time talking about poetry.

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  11. Your lines: "Bubbles keep
 rainbows
 in their glow" is the key to wonderment that is bubbles and childhood. Beautiful! Congrats on being a Cybil's Judge - woo hoo! =)

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    1. Thank you! I too think that tiny rainbow is rather magical, although quite scientific, too, isn't it?

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  12. Bubbles are magic for children. Love you little poem, especially "rainbows in their glow." Thanks for the shout out to judges. This is my first time. I'm nervous and excited!

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    1. You'll have a great time, Margaret. Congratulations! And thanks, glad you enjoyed the bubbles!

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  13. Congrats on your Cybils' news and to the other judges for poetry! I'm excited to be a Round 2 judge for middle grade fiction! Love the bubble photo and poem. :-)

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    1. Lots of people we know are on those lists, aren't they, Holly. Thank you!

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  14. It's so fun to see folks I recognize on the Cybils' judges lists. I'll be following. Love the phrase, "Bubbles keep rainbows in their glow." Wonderful pic of your granddaughter - such concentration!

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    1. Thanks Ramona, it is wonderful to see the names, I agree. Imi loves the bubbles, whenever possible!

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  15. I love bubbles. They do say simply summer to me. Love your poem, especially the last line.

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    1. Thanks, Susan, maybe a few other times, but summer is when we really take the time for bubbles, I think.

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  16. Magic for me, too! I love blowing bubbles, though most of mine these days are accidentally made while washing dishes . . . Have fun being a judge! I aspire to that someday!

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    1. Thanks Keri, I saw a big jar of bubble blowing "things" the other day, maybe need to return to put them away for next summer? I hope you do join the judging panels some time. It's lots of fun!

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  17. My little dude knows all about popping bubbles...it's one of his favourite things to do! Looking forward to being on the CYBILS panel with you again, Linda!

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    1. Your boy is the perfect age, isn't he, to enjoy those small delights? I love seeing how excited they are with every thing discovered. Thanks Matt, I'm glad too that we'll work together again, will miss you at the barn!

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  18. Bubble are magic for a long time--that twelvish boy spent hours last weekend making, stretching, catching, doubling bubbles at a church retreat. Congrats on the judging gig--what a great group of people to work with! My turn next year maybe....

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    1. Terrific that they did the bubbles, Heidi. One of the classes at school had a bubble fest one year, so I know what you mean-amazing to see! I hope you do find a Cybils panel some time! Thank you!

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  19. Those Cybil nominees are going to be in good hands with you, Linda-- many good hands actually. Looks to be a great team of judges! Thanks for the bubble love-- what's not to love about bubbles, right? And that granddaughter of yours... so precious.

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    1. Thanks Michelle, I appreciate all the love from you, too!

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  20. What a sweet poem about bubbles, so true to the world of childhood: "Where'd it go?"

    Have fun judging this year's crop of books!

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    1. Thank you Violet, the judging will be fun as always!

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  21. Love the pairing of the photograph with your poem - lovely and fun! Sounds like your judging will keep you quite busy, but what a great challenge!

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    1. Thanks Katie, it is busy, but the round one judges are even busier, reading every one of the nominees! We in the second round, however, have the joy of their choices, and then the harder part of choosing only one.

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  22. Lovely - there's nothing like blowing bubbles!

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