Happy Birthday, Petrarch!

Happy Birthday, Petrarch!

July 20th is the birthday of Italian Renaissance poet and scholar Petrarch. Petrarch is credited with beginning the Renaissance with his discovery and publication of Cicero’s letters. His style of writing sonnets was so influential that these poems are now known as “Petrarchan” sonnets. So let’s celebrate Petrarch!

World Cup Soccer Poetry

World Cup Soccer Poetry

This Sunday is the World Cup final, with France and Croatia competing for the title of world champion in soccer! Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, played in over 200 countries. Whether you’ve watched every match of the World Cup or have never seen a soccer game in your life, today’s the day to learn more about the game and enjoy some soccer-themed poetry!

Beatrix Potter Poetry Teatime

Beatrix Potter Poetry Teatime

Come into the garden! Bring your picnic blankets and some vegetables for a snack. But watch out—you don’t want Farmer McGregor to catch you stealing his precious carrots! Open up Beatrix Potter’s stories, drawings, and nursery rhymes and enter the beautiful world of Peter Rabbit.

Poet Interview: Ralph Fletcher

Poet Interview: Ralph Fletcher

Today we’re welcoming one of our favorite wordsmiths and writers-about-writing, the wonderful Ralph Fletcher. He is the prolific author of dozens of children’s books, ten volumes of poetry, and seven books on writing for kids. He has a knack for capturing children’s voices and celebrating the individuality of each person’s perspective. Join us today to learn from his wisdom and get inspired by his creativity!

Learn About Verse Novels

Learn About Verse Novels

If you’ve never heard of a verse novel, you are in for a treat! A verse novel is a book-length story that’s told using poems rather than prose. Today, we’ll be exploring some reasons for reading verse novels and recommending a few of our favorites.

Learn About Illustrations

Learn About Illustrations

What’s a good poetry book without some gorgeous illustrations? Today’s post celebrates the wonderful world of poetry book illustrations. We’ll be taking a look at the history of illustration, what illustrators do today, and then try illustrating some poems ourselves to see how we’d do! So let’s dive right in.

Celebrating Asian American Heritage

Celebrating Asian American Heritage

The month of May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! We get to celebrate the incredible contributions of Asian and Pacific Islanders to American culture this month. If you aren’t familiar with Asian/Pacific American poets, today’s post will give you a good place to get started!

All About Nursery Rhymes & Lullabies

All About Nursery Rhymes & Lullabies

Chances are, if you’ve grown up reading poetry, you’ve heard a nursery rhyme or twenty. They’re catchy, easy to sing, and full of nonsense. But did you know that nursery rhymes actually have a long history, and many of them have surprising origin stories? Read on to discover the fascinating past of nursery rhymes and lullabies, and get some ideas for more rhymes to explore in your teatime!