hotTEAs of Children’s Poetry: Joyce Sidman

Joyce Sidman, winner of a Newbery Honor and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry, lives in Minnesota, where she greets the changing seasons every day with her irrepressible dog Watson. She loves poetry, chocolate, and using her macro lens to capture tiny moments of beauty. (Pictured here with her favorite thistle mug from Crail, Scotland)


☕ CUPPA OF CHOICE: I start out the day with a mug of organic fermented Pu-erh tea, which makes me feel like Popeye drinking his spinach: strong and healthy! Then I switch to my husband’s delicious coffee, which he makes before he leaves the house. It keeps me alert through my writing session.

☕ HOT OFF THE PRESS: My most recent book is Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold, illustrated by Rick Allen (HMH, 2014). Forthcoming: Before Morning, illustrated by Beth Krommes (HMH, October 2016).

☕ FAVE FOODIE CHILDREN’S BOOK: My favorite food related book is Jam: A True Story, by Margaret Mahy. I discovered it when my kids were small, and still love it. Very funny. It’s about canning!

☕ Visit Joyce Sidman’s Official Website.

☕☕ JUST ONE MORE SIP: Check out this marvelous interview by Mackin Educational Resources. Joyce talks about her books and shares some of her beautiful nature photography.

☕☕☕ CAN’T GET ENOUGH: Enjoy this video of Joyce reading “The Ants,” which is from her book Ubiquitous.


☕☕☕☕ STILL THIRSTY: You must watch this excellent video, “Winter Bees: Beyond the Book,” in which Joyce, illustrator Rick Allen, and editor Ann Rider discuss the process behind the creation of this beautiful multiple award-winning picture book. Love the winter walk with Joyce’s dog Watson, watching Joyce create a winter poem with a group of children, and seeing how Rick makes his wood engravings (masterful work!). And there’s cookies and cocoa. . . :).


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12 thoughts on “hotTEAs of Children’s Poetry: Joyce Sidman

  1. Love this — my nieces and nephews would have loved her poems, including the buggy one. 🙂


  2. Good morning, Jama! I love Winter Bees, and am looking forward to Before Morning. Joyce’s books always seem to be the perfect pairing of text and art–they’re gorgeous!


  3. Because I discovered Rick Allan’s greeting cards before WINTER BEES, I kind of squealed when I saw the book. LOUDLY. Okay, it was a shriek. Two of my favorite things, poetry and great artwork, together in one place! SO, thank you for the link.

    Also, wouldn’t you know a hotTEA like Ms. Joyce would have such a classy mug?? I’m going to look up that Popeye tea… sounds like something we should all have a shot of!


  4. Joyce Sidman is one of my all-time favorite poets. I have “How to Find a Poem” pinned to my bulletin board :). She’s definitely a Hot-TEA. And that cover is just stunning! Cannot wait to read Before Morning! Thanks, Jama!!


  5. Yep – Another Fan Club member here! Thanks, Jama, and thank you, Joyce, for taking a tea/coffee break here. Can’t wait for BEFORE MORNING!
    I love Winter Bees, and any Joyce Sidman/Rick Allen combination. I’ve bookmarked the video and can’t wait to watch it in its entirety.
    Yay to MN Public TV for making such a feature!


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