Flying on Waves
By Jennifer Raudenbush
Perched atop my boogie board,
stomach clenched, I lean in toward
the wave that’s forming. Hold on tight!
Rolling, foaming, cresting white,
I ride the wave. I float. I fly—
shoot across the sea glass sky—
and glide until the surf meets shore.
Ocean tugs me back for more!
Jennifer Raudenbush is a chocolate-eating, chai tea latte-drinking, yoga-practicing wife and a mom of a middle school-aged boy. Spending time in nature centers her and sparks her creativity, so she and her Scottish Westie walk the Highlands of eastern Pennsylvania each morning.
Jennifer enjoys writing picture books, poetry, and chapter books with heart and humor. So many aspects of writing appeal to her: the rhythm of language, the sounds of words, the fun and emotion of story. She brings a degree in English Literature and a background as a pediatric speech-language pathologist to her writing for children.
Although she has not yet had a children’s book published, one of her poems was published in the April 2019 issue of Cricket children’s magazine. She was also a winner in this year’s Writing with the Stars picture book mentorship contest (shout-out to the great Cate Berry!) and was accepted into last year’s One-on-One Plus Conference.
SUMMER STARTERS: Looking for new writing/illustrating ideas? Is the weather hot, but your mind cool? If so, then check out these prompts from award-winning children’s author (and EPA-SCBWI member) Tony Fredericks. Ready! Set! Go!
- “Grandpa, were you ever in a war?”
- Two pigs go to the local dance.
- Lacy opens up her e-mail and discovers a message from her far-away aunt. It’s an invitation to visit for the summer on an island off the coast of Maine.