One of my critique groups focuses solely on writing children’s poetry. I’m one of four ladies that meet once a month to share and critique ten new poems we’ve each written. I’m not kidding when I tell you I find it challenging to write ten new (and hopefully clever) poems month after month. However, the challenge is met with an equal amount of fun. Some poems start out with a bang! A great idea turns into line after line of sheer childhood wonder. Other poems. . . Well, there’s no better word I can think of. Other poems I try to write stink. Delete, delete, delete.
Obviously, new poems require inspiration. Where do I find inspiration?
- I drive to my library and hang out in the children’s play area, observing and listening.
- I sit at the playground and watch the kids interact.
- I also use photographs as springboards.
Anything and everything can become the subject of a poem.
Another way I find inspiration is from writing out topic lists. Here are some of my headings.
- What do children love?
- What do children learn at school?
- What games do they like to play?
- What do kids notice that adults don’t?
- What do children want more than anything?
- What do children wish they are big enough to do?
- What do children believe?
- What are they afraid of?
- What foods do they love?
- What foods would they rather never see on their plates?
- What pets do children want for a birthday present?
- What are their fantasies and dreams?
- Write about a child’s visit to a new place.
- What can happen on weekend with their grandparents?
- Write about a new skill a child learns, like fishing with their dad.
Today, I want to share an amazing, innovating, highly creative book of poems written by Rebeca Colby. Her inspiration? Enlightening children about the uses of a variety of vehicles from a submarine to an airplane and everything in between. And one more thing . . . All her poems can be sung to favorite, classic nursery rhymes. Now that’s what I call a fun book to share with a child!
Title – Motor Goose
Written by – Rebecca Colby
Illustrated by – Jef Kaminsky
Published by – Feiwel and Friends – 2017
Topics – poems about vehicles, nursery rhymes
Little Jack Junker (Little Jack Horner)
Little Jack Junker,
surprised all the cars
in the race.
‘Cause right from the start,
he lost part after part,
yet he finished the race
in first place.
Amazon’s Review – View it HERE. Wonderful rhymes and VEHICLES! Here is a collection that every car/plane/boat/crane/digger/taxi/train-loving kid will adore. With hilarious artwork by Jef Kaminsky, Motor Goose is a must-have for readers who like things that go. And as the rhymes progress, the day winds down, making this perfect for bedtime.
Why do I like this book? The poems are ingenious, unexpected, and downright FUNNY! If you love to laugh and you enjoy sheer cleverness on a genius level, this book is for you. Rebecca Colby clearly researched each vehicle she built into a poem and educates children in a highly entertaining manner. And yes, the addition of bright, colorful, illustrations created with humor and the right amount of attitude by Jef Kaminsky, compliment the poetry to perfection!
Just for fun – Take a kid-friendly topic of interest to you, add to it your favorite nursery rhyme, and see what magic you can create!