Friday, April 20, 2012

3 New Giveaways for our 3rd Blogiversary! Hooray for Poetry Friday! And Who Won Janet's Books?

Howdy, Campers!

Unbelievable! April 22nd is our

3rd--3rd--3rd Blogiversary!!!
...and we have a special giveaway
cooked up to honor our faithful readers!

But first, announcing the three winners of Janet Wong's book, DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE--poems for an election year (see our interview with this marvelous poet here)...the winners are...
drum roll, please...
Laura Shovan (aka Author Amok), Laura Erzen, and Nemo (via email)
Hooray for Laura, Laura and Nemo--and congratulations, ALL!
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Today, in honor of our blogiversary and for Poetry Friday, I'm rerunning the poem I wrote for our 2nd blogiversary:

     by April Halprin Wayland

     We six who ride our blog horse here
     are rather like that Paul Revere

     “One if by land, two if by sea,”
     was revolution's poetry

     We TeachingAuthors gallop, too,
     to share our lantern light with you

     we aim to help, support and cheer
     so you can write with joy, not fear

     in this New Land: Kidlitosphere

(c) 2011 April Halprin Wayland, all rights reserved
Isn't this a beautiful cover illustrated by Ted Rand?
Now, from TeachingAuthors, in honor of our wonderful readers on this amazing blogging adventure in the sky, here's your chance to win one of three $30 gift certificates from!  
If you're one of the lucky winners of the three BlioBucks certificates,
you can use them from anywhere in the world,
since they are issued online and have no expiration date.

How do I win one of these cool
happy-blogiversary-TeachingAuthors gift certificates?

I'm glad you asked.
Contest rules: 
Be sure to read these rules carefully before entering  Note that you could potentially receive two bonus entries (gasp!) read on:
  1. This giveaway is for our Fabulous Followers. Therefore, to qualify, you must follow us via Google Friend connect, Facebook/Networked Blogs, or as an email subscriber. If you are not already a follower, subscribe via one of the links in the sidebar before you enter. (We will verify that you're a follower!)
  2. We want to get to know you better! So, in your entry, tell us whether you're a teacher, librarian, parent, student, aspiring writer/illustrator...or another kind of follower. Also tell us how you follow us. If you are an email subscriber, you must provide your email address (so we can contact you when you win!)
  3. You may enter one of two ways: either post your comment on today's post, or send us an email: teachingauthors (at) gmail (dot) com.  If you enter via a commentmake sure to include your email address--or how will you know you've won?
  4. You can receive a bonus entry by telling us what kind of posts you like best (Interviews? How-tos? Writing exercises? Reviews of books on writing? Poetry? Reviews of plain old good books?, etc.) -- OR you can suggest topics or types of posts you're dying to see here.
  5. You can receive an additional bonus entry by helping to spread the word about this giveaway via a blog post, Tweet, or Facebook link. As proof, you must post a second comment containing a link to your blog post, Twitter address, or Facebook wall. 
  6. No more than three entries per person (one entry and two bonus entries). 
  7. Entry deadline is 11 pm (CST) Monday, May 21, 2012.
  8. The winner will be determined using the random number generator at, and will be announced Wednesday, May 23.  Good luck, Campers! 
is at Random Noodling today ~ Thanks, Diane!
And speaking of random, here's a random selection of Poetry Month happenings:
~ Check out my original poem-a-day (all of 'em are dog poems!) with an accompanying poetry prompt for Poetry Month.
~ Learn how Teaching Author Carmela celebrates the pleasures of poetry in the classroom on her recent post, and check out her listing of National Poetry Month resources in a different post.
~ Hang out with Sylvia Vardell as she interviews poets throughout the month on her Poetry for Children blog.
~ Try guest Teaching Author Helen Frost's marvelous writing exercise/game which she calls "Poetry Sticks" in her recent guest post.
~ Be inspired to write your own Found Poem by Teaching Author Mary Ann Rodman, who offers us two fabulous found poems of her own in this week's post.
~ Come on Teaching Author Esther Hershenhorn's tour of the Poetry Foundation and the galaxy of free resources it offers.
~ Whew!  I'm exhausted!  But if that's not enough for you, Jama Rattigan lists a veritable feast of events for National Poetry Month in the kidlitosphere.
So go ahead...dive in and play with some poems today!
poem and drawing (c) 2012 April Halprin Wayland.  All rights reserved.


Diane Mayr said...

I'll be back sometime later to figure out all the subscription stuff so that I can partake in your contest! Thanks and happy blogiversary!

Katya said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Robyn Hood Black said...

Three cheers for six great authors! Happy Blogiversary. :0)

Pam said...

Happy, Happy Blogiversary to Teaching Authors!! I follow teaching authors by email ( I created a literacy and music program for early learners (MyLMNOP__the building blocks of literacy) and I love the career I've chosen. In Jan. 2012, I decided (even though I have no training and no nothing) to write children's stories. Joined a writing community and jumped in. I need your writing exercises, they're GREAT! I'll be sharing this on Facebook, and twitter.

Martha Calderaro said...

Happy blogiversary! I'm going to have some fun trying your writing workouts!

Mrs. Harvey said...

Hello! I am a teacher of fourth grade students. I am also practing being writerly this month with a blog in honor of NaPoMo. My challenge to myself is to write a poem every day using a different poetry form. I am just making my way around this kidlitosphere, but wow what a place! Your 3rd anniversary is quite an accomplishment....congratulations! Please enter me in your contest. I can be reached at www.thinkinginrhyme.blogspot or amdmharvey (at ) gmail dot com!

Mrs. Harvey said...

Hello again....hoping to increase my chances, I just posted your contest link on FB...not sure how to prove it to you though! Will try emailing you a screen shot!

Linda B said...

Hi-I'm a longtime fan, & you are on my reader, but I don't think I had connected via Google Plus yet. I'm a literacy coach at an independent school for gifted children, just out of a middle school aged classroom for many years. I love all things about reading and writing, and I'm becoming even more interested in my writing. I blog at TeacherDance. I like all of the posts actually, but if I had to choose a favorite it is the 'how-to' posts about writing, a little philosophy too. I'm glad you "gallop" for us readers of your blog! Thank you and congratulations!

Linda B said...

Just tweeted! @LBaie

Mrs. Harvey said...

I am trying this yet again...I shared your contest at my blog. You can see it at!

Thanks for your patience!

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Congratulations! Isn't it great to have a system that works?! I love picturing you all galloping into the fray. Thanks for alerting me to

Pam said...

I hope this is successful at leading you to my posts on twitter and facebook (still learning the techy stuff),

twitter: @mylmnop

Mary Lee said...

Love the Paul Revere/Kidlitosphere poem!! Fun!!

GatheringBooks said...

I was just saying earlier that how I wish April won't end, so many events going on in the kidlitosphere in celebration of Poetry! How awesome, and you have a fantastic giveaway happening here again! Such generosity! :)

Carl Scott said...

Congratulations on your 3rd Anniversary!

I'm an independent bookseller in Arizona (yes, Virginia there still are...) following by email at : carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

I like to see reviews of new books on the blog, but that's just me trying to stay abreast of the times in as many genres as possible.

Tweet message to follow. Thanks!

Carl Scott said...

I tweeted about the giveaway:!/carlrscott/status/194446666420596736

Thanks again!

Anjali Amit said...

Just tweeted: 1offering1

Anjali Amit said...

Thanks for such a valuable resource. I'm subscribed via email:

Laurisa White Reyes said...

I'm a new GFC follower. I like GFC because I can access the entire list of blogs I follow at a single glance. I am a published author of a middle grade fantasy novel called The Rock of Ivanore which hits the shelves in a couple of weeks. Whoo hoo! laurisawhitereyes at yahoo dot com

Laurisa White Reyes said...

I tweeted!!/lwreyes/status/194791882310684673

laurisawhitereyes at yahoo dot com

Joanna Cooke said...

Congrats on the Blogiversary! Hoping my blog ( makes it that far - we've only just started.

I am a mom and writer. I follow your blog through email. My favorite posts are interviews and book reviews!

Thanks for what you do!

Joanna Cooke said...


joanna.k.cooke @ gmail. com

rena traxel said...

What a fantastic time to discover this blog. I'm interested in writing tips/workouts, poetry and ask the teaching author sounds interesting.

I write stories and poems for 12 and under. I'm still working on getting my debut novel published. I'm now following this blog via google friend connect. E-mail