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Poetry Books for Teatime

Books for Poetry Teatime

We share poetry titles on our Poetry Teatime website and Pinterest board. Suggested books often come from the featured teatimes of Brave Writer families. Below are the titles we highlighted during 2016. Enjoy!

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Echo, Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

Fold Me a Poem by Kristine O’Connell George

Around the World on Eighty Legs: Animal Poems by Amy Gibson

Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes

Surprises by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Zoo of Emotions by Teneisha Jones

Mary Had A Little Jam: And Other Silly Rhymes by Bruce Lansky

Sea Star Wishes by Eric Ode

For Laughing Out Loud: Poems to Tickle Your Funnybone by Jack Prelutsky

Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem by Jack Prelutsky

Truckery Rhymes by Jon Scieszka

I’m Nobody Who Are You? Poems of Emily Dickinson for Young People edited by Rex Schneider

Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman

Every Day Birds by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist by Jane Yolen

Home Grown House by Janet Wong

The Poetry of Science: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science for Kids edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

National Geographic’s Book of Nature Poetry

A Child’s Introduction to Poetry: Listen While You Learn about the Magic Words That Have Moved Mountains, Won Battles and Made Us Laugh and Cry by Michael Driscoll

For more poetry book suggestions
see our lists for 2015 and 2014.

Don’t forget about our Poetry Anthology: Poetry Teatime Companion!
We designed it with Poetry Teatime in mind.


Image by Poetry Teatime mom Kathleen

Podcast: Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen Interview and Giveaway
Today we welcome one of the most prolific writers of children’s fantasy and poetry, Jane Yolen!

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When I began my freelance writing career, I chose the picture book genre. After all, my kids were small and I read dozens of them aloud per week. It didn’t take long to discover the writing of Jane Yolen. Jane’s books embody the best of the picture book genre. She uses language artfully, poetically. She gives the reader an immersive experience any time you come into contact with her words. She’s also in tune with a child’s sense of humor and wonder.

I also found a bird-watching companion in Jane! Her husband brought to their family a naturalist’s passion for the natural world. Jane took that passion and translated it into wonderful prose and poetry.

When Jane agreed to be interviewed for our humble podcast, I felt like a fan girl at a rock concert. It has been 20 years of admiration on my part that led to this wonderful conversation. Heidi Semple, Jane’s adult daughter, joins us as well. She and Jane have co-authored several books that feature birds, in fact!

Enjoy this rich exploration of poetry, writing, nature, and the celebration of family culture! I introduce to you: Jane Yolen.

Show notes are available as a free download! Sign up for them HERE.

Show Notes for Jane Yolen Podcast

 

Check out Jane’s written interview on the Poetry Teatime blog.

PLUS we have a FUN GIVEAWAY featuring Jane Yolen’s brand new book, Grumbles from the Forest, and two others! We also discovered one last Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz tea cozy and are including that too.

WE HAVE A WINNER:

Stacie Canales!

Congrats, Stacie! You will receive:

Grumbles from the Town
Grumbles from the Forest (NEW!)
You Nest Here with Me

…plus the LAST Poetry Teatime Tea Cozy called the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz (sold out pattern).

BONUS Surprise: Two bookmarks from Jane!

Enjoy!

Jane Yolen Book Giveaway

Podcast: Janet Wong & Sylvia Vardell

Podcast with Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell

Today we’d like to welcome two amazing women who are on the cutting edge of children’s poetry.

Janet Wong is a prolific writer of poetry and short stories for young people. Her work has received wide recognition from shows like Oprah Winfrey to awards such as the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. She is the first generation daughter of Korean and Chinese immigrant parents, and many of her works deal with multicultural experiences.

Dr. Sylvia Vardell is professor of children’s literature at Texas Woman’s University and is the author or contributor of over 24 books. She received the 2014 Scholastic Library Publishing Award for her work in the field of children’s literature. She blogs regularly at Poetry for Children.

Together, these two authors have collaborated on the Poetry Friday Anthology series, a collection of poems by some of the best children’s poets from around the world. Even better, each poem comes with lesson plans and classroom resources for teaching these poems. Whether in a traditional classroom or at home, these books offer a wonderful means of widening your family’s consumption of poetry.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting these two powerful women! We all agreed that too often poetry is perceived as boring or difficult. Yet those who love poetry say otherwise. Janet and Sylvia make poetry so accessible and delightful through their work, I found myself wanting to run right to my poetry anthologies after our conversation to spend time again with my poet friends.

Enjoy our conversation and do yourself a favor: take the plunge into exploring and experiencing poetry for yourself and with your children.

 

Here is the link to Sylvia Vardell’s blog Poetry for Children and Janet Wong’s website. Be sure to check out their books below or at your local library!

By Janet Wong

A Suitcase of Seaweed: And Other Poems. Celebrates diversity. Winner of the Claremont Stone Center Recognition of Merit Award.
The Trip Back Home
Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams. NY Times Best Illustrated Books of 2000.
The Rainbow Hand
Knock on Wood: Poems about Superstitions
Twist: Yoga Poems
Behind the Wheel: Poems about Driving

By Sylvia Vardell

Poetry Aloud Here!

Poetry Friday Anthologies

You Just Wait: A Poetry Friday Power Book for Tweens & Teens (Soon to be available!)
The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations
The Poetry Friday Anthology
The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School
The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science for Kids


Check out Janet and Sylvia’s written interview
on the Poetry Teatime blog!

Interview with Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell

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!