Poetry, Spring, April – Roll Right In!

“Poems for children are like toys that are made of words, and these words give wings to their imagination.”   Mahmud Kianush, founder of children’s poetry in Iran.PFAforCelebrationsfrontcoverjpeg

THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong is a delightful easy way to share simple verses with young readers. The book is called a “poetry Friday” anthology because it encourages and makes it easy for teachers, librarians and parents to celebrate a poem every week.  Imagine, in this bilingual collection of over 150 poems written by 115 authors there is a poem for 150 different occasions, holidays, and historic events during the calendar year. With a short, serious or funny verse, everyone has year-round celebrations of every day.

Each poem is presented in both Spanish and English. Like the other books in the Poetry Friday Anthology series, every poem is accompanied by a Take 5! Mini-lesson each poem to make it easy to share the poems, extend the “window of learning,” and most important, engage children.

Fun examples include CHILDREN’S DAY, BOOK DAY by Pat Mora

Let’s clap!

Say dia day, day,

Every day,

Kids and Books Day…

Clap, tap, snap.

Kids and books,

Every day.


This one makes me “itch” to go camping!  CAMPING by Joy Acey

One hundred mosquitoes, two dogs, three owls, four frogs

have all gathered by my tent to croon — singing a song to the full moon.

Or try “chewing” on this one: POCKET POEMS CARD by Janet Wong


isn’t hard

with your

Pocket Poems card…

Read. Bite.

Read. Chew.

Your poem will soon

Be part of you!janet wong

Celebrate poetry every day, it can be delicious. Poets include: Jack Prelutsky, J. Patrick Lewis, Joyce Sidman, Margarita Engle, Marilyn Singer, Nikki Grimes, Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy, Ibtisam Barakat, Uma Krishnaswami, Francisco X. Alarcón, Linda Sue Park, Jane Yolen, Kenn Nesbitt, Jorge Argueta, Grace Lin, Joseph Bruchac, Douglas Florian, Laura Purdie Salas, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, and 95 others including “First Laugh, Navajo Baby” by Rose A. Tahe with Nancy Bo Flood.


  1. April 2, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Sounds delightful!

    • April 2, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Thank you, Sarah, for stopping by. A very happy poetry-filled month to you! Nancy

  2. April 2, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Sounds absolutely lovely! It makes a very thoughtful gift, and I’m sure children of all ages would love it 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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