Happy Poetry Friday everyone! Thanks to the fabulous Linda Baie at Teacher Dance for hosting this week’s Poetry Friday link-up. (Look for a cameo from Linda a bit later in this post!)
This Friday and next, I am celebrating Read a Poem to a Child Day. I wrote about this annual initiative a few weeks ago. You can read that post here.
I am asking educators, authors, and friends to record a video of themselves reading a poem for children, to be shared on social media. The collection of those videos will be right here at my blog.
Thanks to Poetry Friday friends Carol Varsalona and Linda Baie for making and sending videos to share!
I recorded two video poems: “I Know This One” from The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, and “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll.
Here are links to all of the videos so far. I encourage you to watch them and share with your students, children, grand-kids, and young mentees.
Linda Baie reading “Write about a Radish” from Karla Kuskin’s book Near the Window Tree: Poems and Notes.
Laura Shovan reading “I Know This One,” from The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary.
Laura Shovan reading “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll. This poem is from Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
Carol Varsalona reading of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Swing,” from A Child’s Garden of Verses.
Here are the details from 100 Thousand Poets for Change and their partner organization, Reading Is Fundamental:
“Dear Poets and Poetry Lovers, Will you read a poem to a child on September 23-28 as part of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Global initiative ‘Read A Poem To A Child?’ This is an especially an important year to highlight the significance of children in the world. We are increasingly aware of their fragility. It is time to take a moment in this busy, crazy life we live, and share something we cherish. Poetry is our gift. Last year we had over 2,000 individuals and organizations sign on to participate. Michael Rothenberg, co-founder of Read A Poem To A Child hopes to increase that participation.
“Click for a free downloadable pdf of poetry for children. And for classroom curriculum ideas you can contact Michael Rothenberg, co-founder of the Read A Poem To A Child initiative, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This important poetry literacy program was developed in conjunction with 100 Thousand Poets for Change and Florida State University Libraries Special Collections.”