There have to be tens of thousands of books that would be perfect for gift-giving when it comes to Valentine's Day, particularly of the poetic variety; the question is, which ones would make the best gifts?
Last weekend my family and I went to a Halloween event called Legends & Lanterns, during which you get to meet a number of villains, both from the real world and the literary world. My kid is all about cosplay and was so excited to meet Ichabod Crane, Vlad the Impaler, Lizzie Borden, Blackbeard and many other favorite characters. The Red Queen didn't attempt to behead any of us, but Lizzie sure did!
With Independence Day upon us, it's a good time to remember some famous American poems and teach them to the young people in our lives. I think one of the most important ones has to be "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus, but poems by black poets, Hispanic poets, LGBTQ poets and other marginalized voices are especially important to recongize and listen to. Walt Whitman is always a good idea, as well as some other poems listed in the link.
For many people, Pride month is all about celebrating who you are, whether that means in private or with friends, at a celebration or by protesting and commemorating the 50 years since Stonewall. It also includes celebrating and learning about more LGBTQ people in history, authors and other important figures. One way that we can do that is to explore different collections of poetry by LGBTQ authors, of course!
How is your National Poetry Writing Month going? I have to confess that 10 days in, I still haven't written a poem! Between illness, a surgery and catch-up at work, I haven't had a lot of time, but I do plan to catch up this weekend. If you have a poem you're proud of or want feedback on, please do share it in the chat!
Whether you're a teacher looking for a great way to introduce poetry to your students, a parent who wants to do the same or a doting loved one looking for a great gift for a child in your life, A Child's Introduction to Poetry is a wonderful idea! Not only does this wonderful collection contain a bit of everything, from the silly to the serious, the haiku to the ballad, but it also comes with a fun CD that makes it even more interactive for the senses.
Once upon a midnight dreary, did you read poems to your dearies? There are so many great Halloween poems to choose from that it would be a terrible waste to not introduce them to the young people in your life at this time of year! From Poe to Prelutsky, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
Today is National Black Poetry Day, a time to celebrate Black poets and their work. Could you name 5 Black poets aside from Maya Angelou? Honestly I'm not even sure if I could unless I think hard enough. This Black Poetry Day, why not take the time to explore a new poet's work? Here is a great list of SLAM poets and works to listen to.
It's the middle of National Poetry Writing Month! How is your writing faring? Are you writing a poem every day? Which new styles of poetry have you tried? Share your most challenging pieces, prompts and results in the chat!
It's not too late to get involved, either. Just start writing today! You can also read a poem each day if you prefer that to writing. If so, share your favorite poems in the chat.
If celebrating National Poetry Month ever turns into simply writing a poem a day (or even just reading one) and it seems a little dull to you, there are so many other cool ways to celebrate. From writing to a poet to carrying a poem in your pocket, Brave Writer has a bunch of great ideas. Homeschool Life Mag suggests different ways to write poetry, like creating a blackout poem.