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April in the Homeschool Alliance: Poetry

April in the Homeschool Alliance

Your kids get to join us in the Alliance for our Poetry Workshop in April!

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is a children’s poet who has become quite a friend to Brave Writer and me. She’s excited to share with you all in April about how poems are teachers to help you get more comfortable using poetry in your homeschool and encouraging your kids to write it!

Amy is especially delightful (truly a homeschooler in disguise). She and her husband live on huge acreage and spend copious amounts of time in nature, taking notes, observing, and sketching. A kindred spirit in so many ways (check out our Poetry Teatime interview and podcast with Amy)!


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Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s bookEvery Day Birds, is my personal favorite, but I also love her newly released: Dreaming of You. Amy is sharing with us a reading from her book Poems are Teachers as well.

The Alliance is hosting a webinar with Amy on Thursday, April 5 at 7:00 PM EST.

If you’re a member of the Homeschool Alliance, you’ll automatically be able to join us. We’ll also post the replay if you can’t make it live.

You’ll also have access to all the previous webinars of the last three years (Just sayin’—Josh MacNeill of Neurologic was last month and he gives you the keys to the kingdom for how to help your kids to Just Calm Down and Focus!).

What have you got to lose? Join us!


One more fun thing!

Our Brave Writer staff is putting together a list of favorite poems just for YOU (the list is amazing!). We’ll be discussing poetry all month and I promise to lower the bar so you’ll experience success.

If poetry is the teensiest bit intimidating for you, or you just plain HATE it, this is the right month to try the Alliance.

Can’t wait to meet you!

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April is Poetry Month in The Homeschool Alliance

April is Poetry Month in The Homeschool Alliance

April is National Poetry Month and we’re going to dive in together in The Homeschool Alliance! We’re starting with the fabulous Mary Oliver. I’ll help you learn how to read, share, and write poetry with your kids.

Each month in the Alliance we deep dive into a topic to empower your homeschool. You can join any time and leave any time. We hold monthly web chats with me and Stephanie Elms, our other coach, where we hash out stuff about parenting, credits, teaching, and more.

Participate from anywhere on the globe! Check out CoachJulieBogart.com for details and give us a try this month!

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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.

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

THE 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