The Voting Has Begun For The 2014 MMPoetry Competition!

Guess what?! The voting has begun!

I’m so excited! This is fun!

Go vote for me in round one.

Okay, now this poem’s done.

Vote for Karyn (AKA Mother Streusel) here!!!

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Mother Streusel Will Be Battling In A Poetry Competition AND She Has Written A Book!!!!

Mother Streusel

Guess what? I, Karyn Linnell, AKA Mother Streusel, will be competing in a highly prestigious children’s poetry competition in just a few days! It is the 2014 March Madness Poetry competition where amazing poets, or “Authletes,” from all over the world are pitted against each other until only one poet remains! There are only 64 spots in the competition, and only half the poets make it past the first round. Most of the “Authletes” competing are well-known poets who have published books of poetry. Let’s just say this is going to be tough! This is about as intense as it gets in the world of children’s poetry. You will probably be hearing many pleas for votes from me, because I want to win!!! You can follow the competition here at www.thinkkidthink.com. The competition starts on St. Patricks Day, and you can begin voting for my poem on March 19th!

Mother Streusel

Mother Streusel

Also, every “Authlete” will be donating a book of poetry, and all of those books will be won by one lucky classroom. I decided to create a book of Mother Streusel’s Useless Rhymes called Ugh! Ink Is Getting Everywhere to donate. It has 40 poems, and about a dozen of them have never been published on this blog…and they never will be! Bwa ha ha! Wish you had a book of Mother Streusel’s Useless Rhymes, too? You can get Ugh! Ink Is Getting Everywhere here in either paperback or hardcover. If you would like signed copy, please email me at karyn@motherstreusel.com to pre-order. I will be placing a bulk order when I have 25 people who want signed copies.

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This is the front of the book…

...and this is the back of the book!

…and this is the back of the book!

I am very excited about this competition, and I hope that you will vote for me (unless you like my competitor’s poem better.) It’s a really fun and exciting event, so be sure to follow along at http://www.thinkkidthink.com. I and all the other “Authletes” really appreciate your participation! It’s what makes March Madness Poetry so much fun.

William and the Train

This poem was written especially for an awesome kid named William! His mom, Kiah, won the official Mother Streusel Facebook Contest. Congratulations to them both!

Mother Streusel

William sat quietly

Doing puzzles with a cat,

When he heard a funny sound

Go rat-a-tat-a-tat.

Mother Streusel

It wasn’t like a drum.

It didn’t sound like rain,

But when he heard the whistle,

He knew it was a train.

Mother Streusel

Sure enough a train arrived

Just a moment later,

Puffing smoke and shiny red.

He’d never seen one greater.

Mother Streusel

‘Get in!” the conductor cried,

“And help us if you can.

We need someone to drive this train,

And you are just the man.”

Mother Streusel

William hopped aboard.

He heard the engine sputter.

“How do you make it go?” he asked.

“Just feed it peanut butter.”

Mother Streusel

There never was a train like that!

The more peanut butter fed

The faster it would go,

And down the track it sped.

Mother Streusel

A hundred miles an hour

A thousand, a million!

No one drove that peanut butter

Train better than William.

Mother Streusel

How could William make that train

Do what it could do?

I guess he understood it.

He liked peanut butter, too!

© 2014 Karyn Linnell