This is my playground for poetry written for children with ideas and inspiration for writing your own poems. Come on in. Sit for a spell, have a cup of words to swirl around and make your own cup of poetry. I'm so glad you are here. I hope you'll find the Kingdom of Poetry a fun place to be.

Saturday, March 31, 2012


      Thank you to everyone who entered the drawing for an autographed copy of DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE Poems for an Election Year, a collection of poems by Janet Wong.   
 You can find all the books that Janet Wong has published at her website by clicking on her name.

             There were a lot of entries, and I got to read lots of good poems.

     I put each of your names on a yellow slip of paper and they all went into the hat.

I figured my magic top hat was the perfect thing to use.

So all the entries went into a hat.

I had my husband close his eyes and draw out four of the entries.

If you didn't win, you can still ask your library to order the book, or order the book yourself either from your local independent book store, or from Amazon, where electronic versions of the book are also available in a Kindle edition for only $3.99.  (clicking on Amazon should take you right to the order page for details)

    The four slips that my husband drew were...
(Now if I were really clever I'd know how to get a drum roll here.)

  • Mrs. Harvey's class--you always seem to be winning, dear.
  • Maureen Wartski
  • Heidi Mordhorst
  • Cory Corrado

I have addresses for everyone except Mrs. Harvey's class.  If you could email me the address where you'd like your autographed copy of the book sent, I'll get them in the mail on Monday.

Congratulations again.  I think we're all winners.  Thank you for a fun week.


  1. Congratulations to all the winners! I especially like that a classroom won one copy. Hooray! Joy, thanks for sharing your poems daily and for encouraging us to write too.

  2. Thank you, Joy, for making my day more joyful. What a lovely surprise! I am so pleased. I will practice patience until I receive my autographed copy. In the meantime, I will visit Janet Wong's website and enjoy her poems there.
    I will also drop up for a daily cup of JOY poetry -- a wonderful an inspiring place to 'sit for a spell".

    Congratulations to the other winners. I enjoyed reading ALL the poems. Thank you.


  3. You did good babe.... I am proud of you..... I love you

  4. SOunds like it was fun for all who entered and for those who won. I agree with Linda-- how cool that a classroom won a copy!

  5. Wow! We just checked your site this morning; imagine our surprise when we saw that we won a copy of Janet's book! Thank you so much! I will send you the mailing info. via email. We can't wait to get our hands on more poetry!

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