Summer is the height of camping season, with lazy afternoons on the lake and fireflies sparkling in the dark. Fall is the time for woodsmoke and mugs of hot chocolate and stargazing on a cold, clear night. Whatever the time of year, why not celebrate the wonders of camping with your next Poetry Teatime? Whether you’re snuggled up indoors or out in the fresh air, get ready to dig into these camping-themed books, treats, and activities!
Did you know that a heroic couplet isn’t actually about heroes? Or that enjambment has nothing to do with jam? If you’re going to be reading a lot of poetry, it can be helpful to know some of the most important poetic terms. Read on to discover the definitions of these key terms in poetry.
We are excited to announce the 2018 Poetry Teatime Photo Contest! This month, we invite all Poetry Teatime enthusiasts to take pictures of your family's teatime and enter our contest for the chance to win exciting tea and poetry-themed prizes! We are also introducing our first-ever book drive to help children in need celebrate Poetry Teatime.
Today’s Poetry Teatime celebrates the adventurous life of Robert Louis Stevenson! You may know Stevenson by his classic adventure stories like Kidnapped and Treasure Island, which feature plenty of pirates and buried treasure. But he was also a wonderful poet whose poems stir the imagination and tickle the senses. Let’s explore Stevenson’s poetry together!
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!
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!
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.
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!