Month: August 2013

My Lunch

Here is the brand new animated video for the poem “My Lunch,” from the book Revenge of the Lunch Ladies.

Of course, in real life I like to eat healthy foods, but I know that most kids would rather eat cake than spinach, and might even be willing to sneak a little junk food when mom’s not around. So I thought it would be funny to write a poem about an imaginary lunch that was all sugar and treats. I hope you enjoy “My Lunch.”

Playing With Your Food Poem Lesson


Here’s a quick and easy poetry writing lesson that can be used as early as first grade. I call it a “playing with your food” poem. It’s a list poem about playing your favorite sports with your favorite foods.

Step 1: Create a list of  five of your favorite sports, like this:

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Volleyball
  • Football

A Dazzling Display of Dogs by Betsy Franco

A Dazzling Display of Dogs, Concrete Poems by Betsy Franco

As Children’s Poet Laureate, one of my jobs is to select a collection of poetry each month to feature on the Poetry Foundation’s website. There you’ll find my monthly book picks, and those of the previous Children’s Poets Laureate.

My pick for August, 2013 is A Dazzling Display of Dogs, concrete poems by Betsy Franco, illustrations by Michael Wertz.

Interview with Children’s Author Betsy Franco

In addition, I interviewed Betsy Franco about her life as a poet and about her new book. Here is what she had to say.