Fun Facts

Laura grew up in a former one room schoolhouse built in 1751. (Maybe that’s why she likes school so much!)

In college, she briefly shared her dorm room with a duck.

She loves to dress up for Halloween.

She uses lots of exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!

She loves magic and sunshine.

She had a pet rat.

When she was young, she was a mime!

Her great grandfather was a poet… and he didn’t even know it (JK- He knew it!)

Poetry

Laura loves poetry! Writing poetry is a lot like writing a picture book. There are not a lot of words so you have to make them all count. Laura enjoys all types of poetry and poems often give her inspiration for writing picture books! Also, the word poem sounds really funny if you say it ten times fast!

Here are some poems to enjoy!

Laura’s favorite childhood poem:

The Swing

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside—

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown—
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

Laura’s favorite any-age poem:

since feeling is first

By: E.E. Cummings

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world
my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
– the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says
we are for each other; then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph
And death i think is no parenthesis

Laura’s favorite poem about following your dreams:

Dreams

By Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Laura’s favorite poem about books:

There is no Frigate like a Book

By Emily Dickinson

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –

Laura’s favorite poem by her great-grandfather:

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By: Edwin Forrest Weaver (Laura’s Great-Grandfather)

Two blue-eyed beauties with golden hair,
My love is divided between the pair.
Which I love best I can not say,
But both claim me and well they may.
You think I am leading a double life,
But one’s my daughter; the other my wife.

Your Turn!

What’s your favorite poem?

Have you ever tried to write your own poem?

If you’d like to try, but don’t know where to start, try this poetry writing exercise:

I Am ___(Your First Name)__

I am smart like ______________.

I am beautiful like ____________________.

I am strong like________________.

I am brave like ___________________.

I am magical like _____________________________

I am proud to be me!

Download and print a PDF to write your own poem about you!