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Students - Today is day #1 of the Dictionary Hike. As promised, I found the A section, closed my eyes, and pointed. And oh, was I happy to find that my finger landed on ANCIENT, such a beautiful word. A tortoise was the first ancient thing that came to mind, followed by coins and shipwrecks and stars and stones. But I came back to a tortoise, as I love thinking about the mysteries and stories that old animals hold.
Are you going to take a dictionary hike? My eleven-year-old daughter, Georgia, is. She will be hiking through the letters of her first, middle, and last name. Her first closed-eyes-finger-point landed on the word GLIMPSE. I will link to some of her poems throughout the month.
If you decide to take on this challenge in any way, please let me know! I would love to read your poems.
This has been a beautiful weekend. On Friday, I unknowingly sat across from Naomi Shihab Nye at the Philadelphia airport. I was flying home to Buffalo, NY, and she was flying to Buffalo, NY for a weekend of readings. I looked up, saw her open face, and gasped, "I love you." Then, we sat and chatted until the plane arrived.
Yesterday, my daughter Georgia and I heard Naomi read at Talking Leaves Books. Both of us came home with a stack of new books and a renewed spirit for writing. Tomorrow we will celebrate her work again at the Williamsville School District's Poetry and Music Festival.
Remember, voting remains open for the Final Four in the March Madness poetry tournament over at Think Kid, Think! Head on over and take a look at the last four poems...and vote for your favorites!
Throughout this month, you will find many exciting poetry happenings around the Kidlitosphere. Find a great listing here at Jama's Alphabet Soup, and visit on your own or with your class!
Tomorrow, look for a peek into Janet Wong's notebooks over at my other blog, Sharing Our Notebooks. I will happily host a giveaway here of a small stack of Janet's books.
Happy National Poetry Month!
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