Hobbit Themed Teatime

Hobbit Themed Teatime

Prop up your fuzzy hobbit feet by the fire, grab a mug of piping hot tea and a plate of Bilbo's fresh-baked seed cakes, and settle in for a riddle and game-filled teatime. Today's teatime celebrates the wonderful talents of Tolkien and the playful world of The Hobbit!

How To Read a Poem, Part 1: Getting Started

How To Read a Poem, Part 1: Getting Started

Are you intimidated by the thought of reading poetry? Do you want to learn more tips and techniques for reading it as a family? We are starting a new series at Poetry Teatime on how to read a poem. Today, we'll be talking about the very first things you can do when you start to read a poem.

It's National Hot Tea Month!

It's National Hot Tea Month!

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it's cold this month! January is the perfect time to cuddle under blankets and enjoy a warm cup of tea. In the US, January is National Hot Tea Month. To celebrate, we've collected some of our favorite tips, treats, and recipes from Poetry Teatime.

New Year's Poetry: Auld Lang Syne

New Year's Poetry: Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year to everyone! To celebrate the day, let's take a look at a classic poem traditionally associated with New Year's Day: "Auld Lang Syne," written down by Scottish poet Robert Burns and based on traditional Scottish lyrics and melody.

Poetry Gifts

Poetry Gifts

It's the holiday season! Whether you've received lots of poetry-related gifts this year or not, now is the perfect time to think about bringing more poetry into your home and the homes of people you love. We’ve got lots of ideas for poetry-related gifts that you can make, buy, sample, and read in the new year.

Poetry Prompt: Holiday Traditions

Poetry Prompt: Holiday Traditions

As the holiday season hits full swing, you may be busy running around the house preparing for relatives to arrive, wrapping last-minute gifts, and trying to catch your breath in the busyness of life. Reading and writing poetry can give you a chance to slow down, breathe, and appreciate what you love most about the season. So let's think about poetry!

Learn About Formal Versus Free Verse Poetry

Learn About Formal Versus Free Verse Poetry

Here at Poetry Teatime, we spend a lot of time talking about poetry. But how exactly do you read a poem? In the new year, we’re going to start a series called "How to Read a Poem" that will give you some simple tools to help you tackle any poem you come across. Today, though, we're going to start small by taking a look at the two basic types of poetry: formal and free verse.

Poetry Prompt: Home

Poetry Prompt: Home

What does the word "home" mean to you? Maybe you've moved around a lot and have lots of places that you could call home. Or maybe, for you, home isn't a house at all, but your favorite spot under that shady tree by the creek. Today, you'll use your ideas of what makes a place "home" to inspire your poetry.