Poetry Friday : Wild One Sneak Peak!


We’re just two months away from the arrival of my debut picture book Wild One (November 1st in Canada – sorry, America, you’ll just have to wait until March 2018!), and I can hardly believe it. Wild One has been almost two years in the making, and I can’t believe I’ll be able to hold her in my hands in just two months! To be honest it all still feels a bit like a dream, and not quite real.

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Just can’t wait until November (or March)? Well you’re in luck, because my publisher has given me permission to share a sneaky little peak at the inside of my book!

I shared my deep and abiding love for rhyme and repetition in last week’s Poetry Friday post, so it should come as no surprise that Wild One heavily features both rhyme and repetition. As a children’s librarian it was very important to me that my story help support the development of strong early literacy skills in young readers, so of course I had to fit in as many tricks of the trade as possible!

The phrase Wild One is repeated throughout the rhyming text, which introduces plenty of action words and animal vocabulary in a colourful package that also encourages audience participation. In other words, it’s written by a storytimer for storytimers. πŸ™‚

Without further ado, let’s meet my dear little Wild One!


Isn’t she adorable? She’s just bursting with energy and enthusiasm, just like the little ones at my programs who inspire me every day.


I hope you’re as excited to meet Wild One as I am to share her with you this November (or March)! And a big thank you to all my Poetry Friday friends for helping me hone and develop my craft as a poet and picture book writer, and for always inspiring me with your creativity and insight.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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  • Reply katswhiskers

    Your little Wild One looks and sounds adorable, Jane. Who is publishing it?

    September 1, 2017 at 1:34 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Pajama Press, an independent Canadian publisher based out of Toronto! πŸ™‚

      September 1, 2017 at 1:36 am
  • Reply lindabaie

    On my list, Jane. How marvelous your little ‘wild one’ is! Congratulations!

    September 1, 2017 at 3:54 am
  • Reply Katherine

    Wow, it looks wonderful, congratulations!

    September 1, 2017 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Robyn Hood Black

    Who wouldn’t fall in love with your little Wild One?! I look forward to getting to know her better… CONGRATULATIONS!

    September 1, 2017 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply Buffy Silverman

    Looks terrific–congrats on seeing your wild one come to life!

    September 1, 2017 at 6:12 pm
  • Reply Linda Mitchell

    OH, what happy news! Wild One is absolutely adorable.I love her!

    September 1, 2017 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)

    How exciting! Wild One looks like lots of fun–and reminds me of my daughter, who was quite a wild one herself.

    September 2, 2017 at 12:51 am
  • Reply haitiruth

    SO exciting! Congratulations! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

    September 2, 2017 at 11:36 am
  • Reply maryleehahn

    Congratulations! March can’t come soon enough!

    September 2, 2017 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Herzog

    This looks fantastic! I can’t wait to check it out.

    September 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Catherine Flynn

    Your little wild one sounds like a girl after my own heart. Congratulations, Jane!

    September 3, 2017 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Brenda Davis Harsham

    How adorable! I can’t wait to read it.

    September 4, 2017 at 4:53 am
  • Reply Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    You must be bubbling over with excitement, Jane! Kind of like Wild One chasing a butterfly through the grass. πŸ™‚

    September 4, 2017 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply annettepimentel

    She is adorable. Congratulations! I’m excited for the book to make its way down to the States.

    September 6, 2017 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply Marie

    Ohhhh wow, congratulations, you must be so excited! It looks like such a fun and beautiful book! πŸ™‚

    September 6, 2017 at 6:23 pm
  • Reply Monica Miller

    Congratulations Jane!! What a fantastic book!

    September 6, 2017 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting & Writing

    Hi Jane, I was able to get to your site. I’m so excited for you for your book, many Congratulations, I look forward to having a copy!

    September 7, 2017 at 2:24 am
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