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!
Today we would like to welcome to Poetry Teatime one of the most prolific writers of children’s fantasy and poetry, Jane Yolen! Check out Jane's written interview and listen to the podcast with Julie Bogart below. Plus enter our FUN GIVEAWAY for a chance to win three books by Jane (UPDATE: Winner announced below)!
The extraordinary poem below was shared for the "Writing Your Own Nonsense Poem" assignment, the final exercise in Brave Writer's online Groovy Grammar class. It was dictated by 8-year old Zoe to her mom. Enjoy!
What a treat! We were so honored to chat with Dr. Sylvia Vardell and poet Janet Wong. Janet is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young readers, and Sylvia is a professor of children’s literature at Texas Woman’s University and author of the acclaimed blog, Poetry For Children. Enjoy their written interviews and audio podcast with Julie Bogart below.
Ralph Fletcher’s Poetry Matters is one of the best books on writing poetry for poets of any age. Packed with examples of student writing and words of wisdom from poet interviews, the book provides a step-by-step guide to feeling, writing, and editing poetry.
We all know that poetry is a form of art. But there’s a way in which poetry can look exactly like works of visual art—concrete poetry!
As the weather warms up, take your teatime outside! And, while you’re at it, try out these fun and easy ideas for sidewalk chalk poetry. After all, poetry and sidewalks go well together--just look at Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends!
Today we’d like to welcome to Poetry Teatime a children’s poet who is known not just for her clever wordsmithing but also her thought-provoking ideas. Heidi Mordhorst has been called a philosopher as well as a poet.* Her books feature beautiful descriptions of nature that often offer a new perspective.