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Poetry Teatime News (and Contest!)

Poetry Teatime News

Missed out on the Poetry Teatime website this month? Catch up on the latest tips, tricks, and treats PLUS enter our photo contest! Learn more below.

All About Teacups: DIY Activities and Crafts

One overlooked aspect of a Poetry Teatime is the humble teacup. Whether golden-rimmed and antique or ceramic and chipped, teacups make teatime personal. Check out this blog post for ideas on personalizing your own teacups or learn about types of cups from around the world. Let your teacups become a central part of your teatime tradition!

Trader Joe’s Teatime

Didn’t get to join in on Brave Writer’s visit to Trader Joe’s last month? Check out this post for a video of the event, some cute pictures, and even a poetic response by a Brave Writer!

Astronomy Themed Teatime

Check out the poems and crafts in this blog post for ideas of ways to bring poetry and the science of astronomy into your home! From Shakespeare to Byron and Keats, read poems about the stars. Then try out space-themed food, galactic decorations, and astronomical activities. Finish up with a list of books and online resources related to astronomy and poetry.

Learn About Rhyme

Rhymes are one of the most exciting elements of poetry. Learn more about how to read and create them in your own writing. Check out this post for all sorts of useful activities, books, poems, and resources that relate to rhymes!


Poetry Teatime Photo Contest!

Poetry Teatime Photo Contest

We are excited to announce the 2017 Poetry Teatime Photo Contest! This month, we invite all Poetry Teatime enthusiasts to record your family’s teatime and enter our contest for the chance to win a whole host of exciting tea and poetry-themed prizes!


Be sure to check the Poetry Teatime website for more fun teatime ideas, and look out next month for another round up here on the Brave Writer blog! Now go drink some tea and read some poetry!

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

Brave Writer’s Holiday Gift Shoppe!

Brave Writer 2016 Holiday Gift ShoppeThe Brave Writer Holiday Shoppe is NOW OPEN

PLUS

Cyber Monday 30% OFF Store Wide Discount!

The Brave Writer store is on sale! Take 30% off of any purchase* in the brand new Holiday Shoppe and the regular Brave Writer Store for 24 hours: 9:00 AM EST 11/28—9:00 AM EST 11/29. (*excluded sales: Amazon, Create Space, Zazzle, Vimeo, and Online Classes)

To get the 30% off discount code, however, we’ve got a little puzzle for you to solve. No worries, though. It’s EASY.

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 The 2016 Brave Writer Holiday Shoppe

Poetry Teatime Gilgamesh Tea Blend
*NEW* Poetry Teatime Custom Blend: Gilgamesh Herbal Tea

Named for the oldest written poem in human history, “Gilgamesh” is a fruit and herbal blend with a warm spice flavor profile that is slightly sweet. It’s perfect for children just learning to enjoy a cup of tea with hints of the season: apple, cinnamon, and pomegranate.

Each tin contains enough loose tea for about 15 cups. If you don’t use a teapot and diffuser, no worries: we’re including a package of paper filter tea bags with each tin.

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Brave writer Hashtag Shirts*NEW* Brave Writer T-Shirts

Brave Schoolers know ‘em and love ‘em: Brave Writer hashtags! It seemed impossible to choose just one, so we didn’t! The Brave Writer #tshirts are now available in black or white, short or long sleeved, hoodies, and more! Check out the variety of necklines too!

(The shirts are only available through Zazzle, so the discount code does not apply.)

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The Homeschool Alliance Gift Card 2016*NEW* Homeschool Alliance Gift Card

Shopping for your homeschooling friends, but not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice with a Brave Writer Homeschool Alliance gift card!

Gift cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. Our gift cards have no additional processing fees.

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A Gracious Space: WinterA Gracious Space: Winter

A Gracious Space: Winter Edition gives you brand new readings for the next leg of your year’s homeschool journey. Daily readings are provided to give you support and encouragement in your homeschool adventure. These 50 non-sectarian essays are designed to offer you new ways to think about homeschooling, comfort for when you run up against your limitations, and energy for tackling your highest aspirations!

(The Digital Kindle Version is eligible for the 30% off discount. The paperback book is available at regular price on Amazon.)

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Nurturing Brave Writer Families DVD SetNurturing Brave Writer Families DVD Set

Brave Writer’s core teachings about writing and home education are now available as professionally produced DVDs!

These five discs, filmed at the “Nurturing Brave Writers Retreat” in Cincinnati, explore how to create a nurturing relationship with your reluctant writers, the importance of partnering with students for their writing and academic growth, the elements of the Brave Writer Lifestyle, how to create a homeschool that matches the one you wish you had, and the essentials necessary for high school writing and college preparation.

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Poetry Teatime CompanionPoetry Teatime Companion:
A Brave Writer Sampler of British and American Poems

Poems for the whole family! Available in a paperback print edition, this illustrated, full-color volume of poems hand-picked by Brave Writer is organized by season and theme. The Poetry Teatime Companion presents 52 poems by 52 poets, to cover a full year of Poetry Teatimes. Includes brief biographies, questions to think about, and a few activities to try.

(The Poetry Teatime Companion is only available through Amazon, so the discount code does not apply.)

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Poetry Teatime Tea CoziesTea Cozies

Table Magic for Poetry Teatime Spice up your spread! Brave Writer’s limited edition Poetry Teatime tea cozy will swaddle your teapot so you can linger over poetry and conversation without fearing a lukewarm refill.

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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

Name That Frog Contest!

Poetry Teatime Name That Frog Contest

Have you seen the fabulous but nameless frog in our Poetry Teatime tea cozy video? Said frog has been informed that she will never get a star on the Walk of Fame without a name. Learn below how you can help our frog plus enter to win fun teatime prizes!


 

Our frog would like a name with panache. Some of her favorite celebrity names are Napoleon, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Waikiki Beach. (Our frog admits that last one is a place and not a person, but she likes it anyway.)

  • Use this form to send us a suggested name for our Frog Brand Ambassador & Film Star.
  • Contest runs from July 19 – July 27, 2016 (midnight EDT).
  • Each entry will be tried on for size. The winner will be chosen by our star and her managers.

GRAND PRIZE (for the first person to enter the winning name): Poetry Teatime goodies to delight parents, kids, and famous amphibians alike.

The winner will be announced Friday, July 29th!

ENTER TODAY!