‘The Bird in the Herd’ Resources

It’s Poetry Friday again – and I’ve woken to a slightly drizzling day, so that’s a beautiful thing. Though I’d have liked it to hang around longer!

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I’m delighted to share some fabulous resources to accompany ‘The Bird in the Herd’. As with all my books, you’ll find links on the relevant dropdown under the ‘Books’ tab, above – and they’re on the UQP website. There’s Teachers’ Notes – which are wonderful. (I’m constantly impressed with the quality of UQP’s teacher notes!) And for an extra little bit of fun, Renée and I worked with UQP to put together an Activity Pack, which has turned into a DIY party-pack for a Bird-in-the-Herd-themed party. You’ll find ‘Pin the Bird on the Herd’, rhyming memory, finger puppets,  droving dominoes, five fun facts about cows, some fabulous colouring spreads and MORE! So much fun! (Click the relevant picture to go direct to the resource.)

Last night I took part in Romancing the Stars, an online event across Australia – and Singapore, thanks to Book Links, and the amazing kidlit advocate, Jenny Stubbs. Five minutes to talk about ‘Up and Down on a Rainy Day’ and ‘The Bird in the Herd’ – and then relax and hear other authors and illustrators share the backstory to their picture books. We are all connected by passion and heart. And Zoom!

 

Zoom-zoom;

time flies

when connected

© Kathryn Apel – All rights reserved

 

Hoping you’ve all been surrounded by poetry, picture books and people who feed your passion. I for sure have been thankful for that, these past two weeks of new-book celebrations.

Heidi is hosting the Poetry Friday round-up this week, at my juicy little universe. I’ll be late to do the rounds, as I have a busy-busy weekend ahead. But I look forward to catching up in review. 

 

Poetry Pep-Ups

Oh my. What a busy week of poetry it has been! Though I’ve thought many nights that I don’t have the focus or the creativity for #PoeTryHope – somehow every night, some little moment of joy (or silliness) works its way into words. I’m posting them on Instagram – but here is a quick screengrab of where it’s at at this moment. There may have been a blooper this week – that my sister called me on.🤭

Also this week, the delightful Laura Shovan’s #WaterPoetryProject kicked off – across all platforms. So I’ve been writing a poem-a-day for this, too and sharing them on Twitter. Find them and more at #WaterPoemProject.

I’m pretty sure it’s the poetry – the poetry community – that has kept me grounded in this most unsettling time!

I’ve been adding new writing projects to my site for kids to access, either self-directed, or as school-based activities. The most recent addition is the ‘Progressive Stories‘ tab – from activities I’ve previously run online as a part of the Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale. You can find these in the drop down tab, under Kids’ Stuff. I’ve been delighted to see the increased traffic on my blog, indicating that schools around the world have been accessing activities over recent weeks. It makes if feel like I’ve contributing in a positive way. Guessing there’s lots here who know that feeling! I’m working on more activities to add over the coming week.

More information; https://www.dorothea.com.au

Speaking of kids and poetry… For the Aussies; the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards is open. I’m thrilled to be judging this again. Kids, this is the perfect time to get your entries ready! You can enter as individuals, or as a part of your school – so if you have questions, ask your parents and/or your teachers. I am so looking forward to reading lots of thoughtful, joyous, wonderful words!

I’m sure my Poetry Friday friends will have lots of great posts for you to read – so click across to the lovely Tabatha’s blog where you will find the round-up. Spend some time with the PoetryFriday crew – maybe chime in with a comment or poem of your own. (Or not. Either is fine. 🙂 ) But please do take a breath, pause and let poetry take you places.

And stay home!