TIME for Kids 2014 Poetry Contest Winners
Illustration by Deam Macadam for TFK
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 TIME for Kids Poetry Contest! I had so much fun reading all the entries and selecting the winners, plus a few “honorable mentions.” There were over 2100 entries this year; the most ever!
The grand-prize winning poem this year was by 10-year-old Benjamin Ecsedy. His poem “Mess” was absolutley wonderful. His prizes include a free autographed copy of my book The Armpit of Doom and a free online author visit for his class.
In addition to Benjamin’s wonderfully funny poem, the runner-up winners were “Stranded in Paradise” by 14-year-old John Vernaglia, “My Elephant” by 10-year-old Maddy Harmon, and “Expelled” by 12-year-old Ella Smith.
You can read all of the winners, plus several honorable mentions on the TIME for Kids website, and in TIME for Kids Magazine.
A big congratulations to all of the winners and honorable mentions, and to all of the kids who took the time to write a poem and submit it. If I could have, I would have picked a hundred winners. There were at least that many poems that were true winners in my eyes.
My Teacher Calls Me Sweetie Cakes – Animated Video
Here is the brand new animated video for the poem “My Teacher Calls Me Sweetie Cakes,” from the book Revenge of the Lunch Ladies.
I visit a lot of schools every year, and every once in a while I meet a student whose mother is a teacher at the school. Once I even met a boy who’s father was the Principal! And I always wondered what kinds of funny things might happen to a student whose mother was also his or her teacher. Here’s one thing I think might happen.
Rhyming Musical Instruments and Terms List
If you ever find yourself writing a poem that involves music, especially a list poem, you may find it helpful to have a list of musical instruments and musical terms that rhyme with one another. Here are some common ones that you could use:
- Autoharp / harp / sharp
- Bach / rock
- Band / baby grand / band stand / grand / music stand
- Bang / clang / rang / sang
- Baritone / microphone / saxophone / tone / trombone / xylophone
- Bass / instrument case
- Blare / snare
- Bong / gong / singalong / song
- Cacophony / euphony / key of C / symphony / tympani
- Castanet / clarinet / cornet / duet / minuet / quartet
- Chime / rhyme / time
- Choir / lyre
- Chord / record / musically scored
- Clap / rap / tap
- Cymbal / timbal
- Drum / harmonium / hum / strum
- Flat / high hat / rat-a-tat / scat
- Flute / lute / toot
- Glide / elide
- Group / music loop / troupe
- Guitar / rock star / sitar
- Hear / play by ear
- Juke / uke
- Mandolin / violin
- Nat King Cole / rock-n-roll
- Note / throat
- Piano / soprano
- Pianola / Victrola / viola
- Psalm / tom
- Ring / sing / string
Click here for other lists of rhyming words.