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Poetry Teatime Companion on Kindle!

Poetry Teatime CompanionBig news! The Poetry Teatime Companion is now available on Kindle!

You can buy it for a tiny fee if you already own the book, or you can buy the eBook for $14.95. We’re excited that Create Space and Amazon so valued our book, they turned it into a Kindle eBook for us!

Poetry Teatime pairs tea and treats with poetry reading—anywhere from the kitchen table to a picnic table, by the seaside or on top of a mountain. Families around the world are indulging in this pleasurable, meaningful shared experience.

The Poetry Teatime Companion is an anthology of classic poems that will help your family bring the practice to life.

Now available on Kindle!


Poetry Teatime Companion is HERE!

Poetry Teatime Companion - 52 poems for your teatimes!

It is my pleasure to announce the publication of Brave Writer’s collection of treasured poems for Poetry Teatime!

Poetry Teatime Companion is an anthology of public domain poetry paired with gorgeous artwork and fascinating details about each of the hand-picked poems. The poems are divided by season and categories (like “Creatures of the Air” and “Light Bearers”).

The 8″ x 10″ paperback book is the right size for both little and big hands. The four-color illustrations make it easy for young children to pick a poem to read!

Get Yours Today!

Interview with Poet Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Podcast with Amy Ludwig VanDerwaterImage of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is by Melissa Deakin

It was my delight and privilege to talk with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. Her poetry is delicious—like a strawberry smoothie or a fresh mint lemonade. She brings vowels and consonants together in ways that leave the mouth happy and satisfied.

Not only that, her family lives in the countryside and has made the choice to not have a television. One way they fill those hours is to explore the great outdoors right beyond their backyard. Amy readily admits that she did not know the names of plants, trees, mosses, and wildflowers when she began. But together with her science-loving husband and two children, they grew in their ability to recognize and name the natural world around them. You will see those affinities in her poetry which bursts with detail and nomenclature.

I also enjoyed Amy’s enthusiasm for children. She shares a love of writing and the belief that all children are writers already. She calls them “walking poems.”

Amy’s first book, Forest Has a Song, has received many praises, including the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. Amy also recently released her new book, Every Day Birds (affiliate links).

Enjoy our conversation, and please do check out her books!

Here’s the link Amy mentions in the podcast: The Private Eye

Read Amy’s written interview on the Poetry Teatime blog!

Interview with Poet Marilyn Singer

Poetry Teatime Interview with Marilyn Singer

Welcome to our first Poetry Teatime Podcast!

I was honored to interview Marilyn Singer, award-winning poet and author. Marilyn and I met for the interview long distance—she, in her home in Brooklyn, and me, Julie, in a library in Cincinnati.

Unfortunately the library failed us, a bit. The Internet connection was variable throughout and you will notice that in the recording. Stay with it, though. The content is fabulous (delightful) and the sound improves. You will hear the cooing of her doves in the background at times, too. Enjoy!

Also, be sure to explore Marilyn’s wonderful books of poetry, including Mirror Mirror and its sequel Follow Follow! (affiliate links)

Learn more about Marilyn on our new Poetry Teatime website!

Playing with Poetry: Student Poems

Playing with Poetry Student Poems

Enjoy these fabulous student poems written for our Playing with Poetry online class
taught by the lovely Susanne Barrett!

Sweet Dreams

Shape Poem by Hunter (age 10)


the sun goes to sleep,

and there seems to be no light

But in that small second this dim light

like a lamp in the living room. This moon

is shining the night with a glow with white

or yellow, I am not sure why, and who knows,

maybe that night you look up and you watch the night full of stars

the satellites moving above the earth

and maybe if you are lucky,

then you could find a shooting star

and make a wish

and sit near the fireplace

have a happy conversation

under this moon calms you down

after your busy day

and you fall asleep

with a smile on your face.

Pink Peaches

Haiku by Mark (14)

The fat pink peaches
grow heavily ripe on trees,
bending branches low.

Sense of Clarity

Tanka poem by Emma (15)

Breaking through the grey

glass of queries and blindness.

Reaching for the end

of a tunnel’s dark, mad eyes,

where a river flows still sane.


Fragmented poem by Sara (18)

The wild blistering wind.

The jumping fish along with the stream.

The birds heading north.

The gleaming water.

As sunshine peaks from the trees.

As things come out from hibernation.

As backpackers trek through the forest.

The sleepy earth now awoken.

As the Swan Dreams

Fragmented poem by Emma (15)

as the swan dreams,

of wings in silver capes,

flying in beautiful serenity,

breaking and chipping through places not fathomed

nor figured out when insides its mazes.

sweeping over blood red forests and glass rivers

and hugging the crisp breaths from below.

as curious eyes from the ground watch above

hello falls,

kissing them sweetly.

And the wind whistles out

the calls of nature within and the world around.

Now once in time,

opening its shields to a realization of truth,

that such dream wasn’t a lie,

but a vivid reality.


Concrete poem by Joeli (13)

Playing with Poetry - Concrete Poem

Playing with Poetry Workshop