Poem Share: Red Bird

The First Red Bird

by Evaleen Stein

I heard a song at daybreak,
So honey-sweet and clear,
The essence of all joyous things
Seemed mingling in its cheer.

The frosty world about me
I searched with eager gaze,
But all was slumber-bound and wrapped
In violet-tinted haze.

Then suddenly a sunbeam
Shot slanting o’er the hill,
And once again from out the sky
I heard that honied trill.

And there upon a poplar,
Poised at its topmost height,
I saw a little singer clad
In scarlet plumage bright.

The poplar branches quivered,
By dawn winds lightly blown,
And like a breeze-swept poppy-flower
The red-bird rocked and shone.

The blue sky, and his feathers
Flashed o’er by golden light,
Oh, all my heart with rapture thrilled,
It was so sweet a sight!

Another delightful interpretation of The First Red Bird by Sierra Valone.
“Thank you, Sierra, for reading this month’s poem for us!”

Little Humans

Little Humans

by Brandon Staton

I found this book working on our upcoming Comm Kids Friendship unit and thought I’d share it.  Perhaps you are already familiar with Brandon Stanton’s wildly popular Humans of New York blog and/or book.   Stanton is a street photographer and storyteller; two skills I am trying to develop.   I find myself seeking out those who are gifted in these areas – and Brandon Stanton is gifted indeed.

For Little Humans he combined some of his favorite children’s photos with a “heartwarming ode to little humans everywhere”. (School Library Journal)

Little humans are helpful and playful, friendly and loving, flexible and resourceful.

They love their brothers and sisters, their moms and dads, and their friends.

Little humans are growing each day. They won’t be little for long. Soon they will be… BIG!

I’m not sure about “heartwarming”…

Stanton’s photographs of children on the streets of New York present a diverse group: boys and girls of different races, religions, and abilities.    I’m thinking the text will not win any awards, but this photo album of humanity is an example of the best of visual communication – an excellent tool to teach how an image can tell a complete story.

Check it out at your local library!

I am an Author: Apples!


I love the way our senses can instantly transport us back to some of our most precious memories. Each year, as soon as summer fades into fall, I pull out my favorite scented candle. I love the crisp smell of apples and spice that embrace our home. It means cooler weather is coming — a much-needed relief living here in the south! It means holidays are approaching, memories will be made, our families will gather, and the blessings of the season will be cherished. It’s one of my favorite scents because to me it represents home and comfort.

Apples are a delight for our senses! I hope that you have been enjoying this month’s apple theme. I encourage you to take the time with your little one to really explore the sensory experience of an apple and allow it to invite you into a story.

Why not enjoy an apple snack to inspire your creativity? Encourage your child to notice the color of the apple, the crunch of each bite, the sweet and tangy taste… Maybe you will feel inspired to create a poem about apples?

I Love Apples!

Apples feel _____.
Apples smell _____.
Apples taste _____.
Apples sound _____.
Apples look _____.

I Love Apples!

I have created a FREE Apple Book template with instructions. I’ve kept it super simple — I promise!

Have fun making this little book with your child!  Fill the pages with their I Love Apples! poem and apple painting [Kevin’ts post here].  Then place it in that special place in your home – you know, the one where you keep all of the books your young authors write and publish!

You can download your FREE Apple Book instructions and template HERE.   TpT requires you to join before making a purchase. Don’t worry — it’s free and as easy as can be to sign up! The resources provided will be well worth your time! Click HERE to sign up!



Jocelyn Bartle