Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Happy National Poetry Month! Celebrating Nests

Birds are hopping, and flying, and singing, and --nesting! Yes, it's spring. The nest in the picture above is from last year, and I wonder if the same birds will come back to it. Time will tell. In the meantime, here's a poem I wrote for David L. Harrison's Word of the Month poetry challenge. (You are welcome to play along. Write a poem containing the word of the month and post it on that page.) 


                                                              Held high
                                                              In the branches,
                                                              A woven wonder
                                                              Of twigs, grass, mud;
                                                              Large enough
                                                              To shelter eggs,
                                                              Shield hatchlings
                                                              Launch chicks.
                                                                              © 2020 Jane Heitman Healy

A cozy rhyming picture book by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple reinforces the theme of nest as home in You Nest Here With Me. The book shows a variety of birds and their amazing nests, with the title as comforting refrain for human chicks, illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

A brand new picture book about nests, released this March, by Randi Sonenshine, illustrated by Anne Hunter, is getting good reviews. Written like a rhyming "House that Jack Built," the text and pictures of The Nest That Wren Built detail the building of a wren's nest and life cycle.

How are you celebrating spring, nests, and poetry?



  1. Beautiful to see those waiting nests. I saw a couple in a tree yesterday, but like you I think they're from last year. I love those books, too! Happy April, Jane! Poetry will be a hug every day!

    1. Poetry IS a hug every day! Thanks for stopping by, and let's keep track of those nests!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment, Virtual Easel! Thanks for stopping by.