Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Let the Celebrations Begin!

Happy National Poetry Month! 
Happy Edible Books!
Happy April Fool's Day!

Not only is tomorrow a day for jokes, it is also the International Edible Book Festival, and the first day of National Poetry Month.  This year, the WNY Book Arts Collaborative will host its edible book show yet again.  Food...books...what could be better?  Last year's entries included bacon and phyllo dough; I cannot wait to see (and taste) the 2010 books.  

Working with teachers and middle grade writers in West Seneca today, I had the chance to read poems about wearing a tutu, praying for a sick mom, playing with a Brittney Spaniel in a lawn sprinkler, and singing The National Anthem at a Yankees game.  Poetry oozes through all of our lives, and I hope that National Poetry Month will help each of us slow down enough to feel it with our hands.  

Teachers:  I will be linking to great sites with poetry ideas throughout the month of April.  For starters, you can find some useful poetry teaching tips at  Please join us and share anything you discover, try, or wish to celebrate.

This evening found the VanDerchildren scheming away with April Fool's Day pranks.  Our dining room table is littered with tattered and sullied fake homework assignments to momentarily disappoint a certain teacher.

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