Children’s Poetry Day

Posted August 2, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

If you live in Chicago, please take your kids to Children’s Poetry Day on Saturday, August 3rd!  Below is a press release from The Poetry Foundation about the activities that will happen on this day!  If you don’t live in Chicago, please visit The Poetry Foundation website for many inspirational resources. Inaugurate your own Poetry Day in whatever city you live.

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The Poetry Foundation Library Presents Children’s Poetry Day

CHICAGO — On Saturday, August 3, the Poetry Foundation hosts the second annual Children’s Poetry Day. In partnership with WTTW Chicago and Whole Foods, this special weekend event for kids will include a variety of interactive crafts and activities. Guitarist and percussionist Jennifer Trowbridge, joined by clarinetist Don Jacobs and singer Alexis Hope, will perform original musical adaptations of classic poems. Kids will also have a chance to read and record poems and participate in a scavenger hunt. Plus, poetry-related episodes of Arthur will be screened in our performance space, and Arthur himself will come by for a visit!

What: Children’s Poetry Day
Who: PBS’s Arthur and musician Jennifer Trowbridge
When: Saturday, August 3, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street
Admission: Free admission for children and their parents on a first come, first served basis
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The Average Fourth Grader is a Better Poet than You (and Me Too)

Posted March 18, 2013 & filed under Notebook.


Please visit Harriet, the literary blog for the Poetry Foundation, so that you can read Hannah Gamble’s guest post “The Average Fourth Grader is a Better Poet Than You (and Me Too).”

Hannah explains how teaching 3rd-6th graders in Houston, Texas, with Writers in the Schools (WITS) made her a better poet.

Hannah, former editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, is the author of Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast (2012), selected by Bernadette Mayer for the 2011 National Poetry Series.

Thanks for your inspirational words, Hannah!