Today we are delighted to welcome the wonderful Irene Latham to the Poetry Teatime blog. Irene is an author and poet who has written two novels for children and multiple volumes of poetry for both children and adults. Last year, she received the prestigious International Literary Association’s Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award. Her works span continents from small towns in Alabama to the wastes of Antarctica. Enjoy getting to know Irene more in the interview below!
Monsters, dragons, and beasts, oh my! Today’s teatime features all of the gnashing growling vermicious vile creatures you can imagine. Believe it or not, poetry is full of references to terrifying and terrific creatures of all shapes and sizes! In today’s teatime, you can not only read about them, but you’ll get to create your own.
Want an easy way to make teatime easier to prep for? Try out the recipes below for drink mixes that you can combine in advance and serve with hot water or hot milk. Also, check out the multitude of baking mixes to help you whip up that special treat in no time! If you’re looking for an idea for a special gift while it’s still cold outside, creating an extra batch of any of these mixes makes for a useful and fun present.
We have a new definition for the word cool: Kwame Alexander. He is one cool customer and we got to interview him for a special bonus podcast this week!
Kwame is the Newbery winning poet whose books are turning a whole generation of Internet gamers and readers into true-blue lovers of poetry! For that achievement, he gets a Poetry Teatime High Five!
What does the word “sonnet” remind you of? Often, when we think of a sonnet, we think of love poems. Since the Renaissance, the sonnet has been considered one of the highest forms of the English language--perfect for writing about love. Today, the 14 lines of sonnets still convey powerful messages. Read on to dig into more of the form and delights of sonnets!
Today we’re delighted to welcome, at long last, Charles Ghigna! Fondly known as “Father Goose,” Charles Ghigna lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books and more than 5,000 poems, which have appeared in textbooks, newspapers, and magazines from The New Yorker and to Cricket and Highlights. He has spoken at events throughout the U.S. and overseas, and has read his poems at The Library of Congress, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Library in Paris, the American School in Paris, and the International Schools of South America. For more information, please visit his website at FatherGoose.com. Without further ado, here is the interview!
Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up under a blanket with a hot cup of tea or mug of cocoa and read some poetry. Winter poems often have the most wonderful sounds to them, mirroring the swish of snowflakes and the jingling of bells. Take a moment during your teatime this week to be quiet and listen. Hear the whisper of a snowflake settling on your glove, the crunch of ice under your boots, the tap of icicles melting onto the back porch on a bright blue winter afternoon.
By Angela Awald
Poetry tea time, also known as poetry-in-pajamas at our house, has become my secret weapon in celebrating each of my children’s unique interests. In a family of our size, it’s easy to see how individual children could get swallowed up into the whole of six. No longer individuals but just part of the group, the crew, the kids. But one intention I’ve always set forth and challenged myself to uphold, is to honor and celebrate each and every one of my children. Often.