#51 – Jabber-Walking with poet Juan Felipe Herrera

“And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came.”
Listen as poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera reads this famous Lewis Carroll line, explaining it is the yeast that made his book, Jabber-Walking, rise. Jabber-Walking (public library) is a way to observe the world, inspiring kids to write poetry. On this episode, Juan shares where his love of poetry came from, how he came up with Jabber-Walking, and how YOU can start Jabber-Walking too. It also features 4th grade student voices from Landmark Elementary School in Glendale, Arizona, who share their Jabber-Writing as they walked through the tulgey wood. Be sure to listen to the full interview with Juan Felipe Herrera and download our free coloring sheet, by artist Ann Pickard, inspired by this episode – both are linked below — now go write and walk and color…Jabber-Walk…Jabber-Write…Jabber-Color!

Enjoy our full conversation with poet Juan Felipe Herrera, author of “Jabber-Walking.” Learn about how Juan learned to love poetry, when he first discovered Lewis Carroll and the poem Jabberwocky and hear GREAT advice for how YOU can write by Jabber-Walking.


Download our free coloring page from artist Ann Pickard, inspired by Jabber-Writing by Fernanda


#50 – Neologism Play

On this episode we sail our sieve to the land of Neologisms…in other words, we get to make up new nonsense words! Buttons & Figs kids lead the way to wordplay with neologisms, hoping you’ll send us your newly invented words so we can add them to the OFFISHAL Buttons & Figs Dictionary, which will only include your invented words! Be sure to download our first coloring page from artist Ann Pickard, featuring a newly coined word!

Send us YOUR Neologism or invented word for entry into the OfFISHal Buttons & Figs Dictionary

Downloadable letters of the alphabet for neologism play


#49 – Poem Explosion with author Kyle Lukoff

For National Poetry Month, we’re sailing in a sieve to the land of poetry, with author Kyle Lukoff. Kyle just released a picture book titled, “Explosion at the Poem Factory” [public library] Kyle shares the story about the good bad poem that inspired his book, you’ll also learn about the Philolexian Society he belonged that each year hosts a bad poetry festival each year…and he shares the secret of what makes a bad poem..good. And as always, a few Buttons & Figs kids share their good bad poems to show us the way to wordplay…Now go write a poem!


Encore: #36 – War of the Fools

Encore: Once again…Nonsense appeared to be on a collision course with reason…presenting Buttons & Figs and the Oyster Actors on the Air in The War of the Fools. It was on this day, April 1st, in which weird happenings began to happen. Reporters began to report reportable events, reportable strange happenings, reportable odd sightings – a meat shower, a weird alphabet song, odd creatures sailing in a sieve making demands…what if it were all true?! Featuring voices from the pod-o-sphere, including The Past & The Curious, Composer Dad, and What If World. Tune in to Buttons & Figs to find out what the reporters are reporting this April Fool’s day. btw…does anyone have any stilton cheese?! Take care out there.


#48 – Gorey Nonsense! with author Lori Mortensen

On this episode we sail in a sieve to the land of Edward Gorey, with author Lori Mortensen to show us the way. Ms. Mortensen just released a biography of Gorey titled, “Nonsense! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey.” On this episode you’ll get to hear about Gorey’s life, his style and his love of anagrams! Join Buttons & Figs listeners, including the hosts of Book Power for Kids podcast, as they come up with silly names using the letters of their names, just like Edward Gorey did. You’ll also get to hear how Lori Mortensen does research for her biographies, along with some great advice for how YOU can write a biography too. Now go write!