Sunday, April 30, 2017

Celebrate This Week and NPM Day 30: The Letter Z

 Join us each weekend for Celebrate This Week with Ruth Ayres.

When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build. 

   A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember.

Cousins meet for the first time!
 Teddy tenderly touching cousin Jack

We celebrated Independent Bookstore Day
 at story time with Nancy Stewart
at our local indie bookstore, Island Books. 
Singing and smiling with Mom and Dad
 Singing and snuggling with Dad at story time
 Love Ms. Nancy's shaky eggs

We enjoyed lots of time 
to hug and snuggle our grandsons
and even managed to chat a bit
with our grown-up kids!
 Matching  "Granny Magnet" onesies!
Grandpa with an armful of boys to love!

 I made it all the way through 
NPM to the letter Z (Whew!).
Zippity doo dah,  hip hip hurray!
My book spine poem for NPM 2017:

She walks in beauty
A jar of tiny stars
Awakening the heart
Opening a door
House of light 
Pass the poetry, please!

Concluding my alphabetic stroll
through National Poetry Month 
with the letter Z . . . 

Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
has written some of my favorite books of poetry.  I've already written about two of them for previous Poetry Friday posts.  The author refers to her books as linked free-verse poems.  
Click on the title of either book to access my
March 2016 Poetry Friday posts.
could be used as the basis for an exploration of poetry
during poetry month or anytime during the school year. 
This google book preview shows the whimsical 
illustrations by Andrew Glass and the poems which tell the story of a year in the life of twins, Mary Anne and Anne Marie.  It also includes two of my favorite poems from the book,
"Early Spring,"a perfect example of personification and
"Across the Back Fence," which showcases
alliteration, strong verbs, and simile.  
 explores the life of almost 13-year old, JoEllen,
whose divorced parent's homes are just 42 miles apart. 
This book includes my favorite poem to carry for
Poem in Your Pocket Day:  "The Poems I Like Best."
Cousins of Clouds:  Elephant Poems
celebrates elephants in a wide variety of forms
from the haiku poems that decorate the various parts 
of an elephant to a concrete poem tucked inside "Fortress"
to "Patience" which celebrates the elephant's mothering skills.  Each poem is accompanied by nonfiction text which shares additional information about the life of our elephant friend, 
the largest mammal who walks on land.


  1. What a sweet first meeting!

    And more wonderful poetry. I'm planning to come back to all your poetry slices. They are full of great resources. I am thinking about ways to visit classes with poetry next school year.

  2. Congratulations on completing your "alphabetic stroll
    through National Poetry Month." And thanks for the resources you've given all of us. I will return to these pages.

  3. I enjoyed your spine poem. I had a lot of fun creating spine poems this month by myself and with students. It looks like you had a fantastic time with your grandkids. :)

  4. So wonderful to see the pictures of you all with the grand boys, Ramona! That is awesome that you had the weekend together. Thanks for this whole month of books! That too has been awesome!