Dozy Poems, Cozy Days
Poems to Calm the Active Child

Written by Raven Howell
Illustrated by Maris Howell

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Watch crystal raindrops dance down the windowpane, doze in a hammock on a warm June afternoon, and join in a butterfly ballet!

This collection of 28 poems invokes a cozy, safe space for children of all ages, focusing on the young elementary, ages 4 to 11. The poems include the theme of both day and night, leading the reader to travel through the seasons of the year, from spring to winter. The poetry exudes calming images and soothing ideas such as the wind sighing while tip toe-ing among the bluebell garden, and a bubble sliding from a child’s soapy wand to “glimmer” the day.

Dozy Poems, Cozy Days was specifically written to address calming and focus issues for the autism, ADD and ADHD community. The poetry is appropriate for children who are visual thinkers as well as others who learn better through what they hear, including rhyme. Each page has a short and simple verse with pastel watercolors to aid in differentiating between various pictures and sounds, making learning to read more pleasurable!


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Growing up in a creative and loving home between the city of Philadelphia and the rural beautiful New Jersey shoreline, I’ve written poetry since childhood. My writing has taken me to many adventures – from a career at Atlantic Records in NYC as a songwriter, a greeting card verse writer, to a focus on children’s poetry!

Over the years I’ve had several children’s picture books published, and most recently authored, Shimmer/Songs of Night (Spork), A Cheer for the Year (Spork), A Star Full of Sky (Daffydowndilly) and a rhyming picture book, My Community (MacLaren-Cochrane), celebrating diversity!

I write poetry for and have artwork in a variety of magazines such as Highlights for Children, Ladybug, Hopscotch, Stinkwaves, Fun for Kidz, Cricket, Spider, Parents and Children Together, Hello Highlights, High Five, and The Friend Magazine.  My work is included in anthologies, DVD’s and CD’s. I have received awards for poetry from the SCBWI and Poetry Soup, and enjoy presenting children’s writing workshops.