Thursday, May 05, 2016

TGIPF: Thank Goodness It's Poetry Friday!

Welcome, poetry friends! I'm happy to host Poetry Friday once again right here. Jump to the bottom and link your post below courtesy of Mister Linky. Meanwhile, Mother's Day is coming up, so I thought I might take a moment to share some poetry resources for celebrating the moms and grandmoms in our lives-- and other women who are special to us. So, in that spirit, here is a list of 10 of my favorite books of poetry about mothers. (You can find many more in my Poetry Teacher's Book of Lists. FYI)

Diverse Poetry Books about Mothers


What better tribute for a mother, aunt or grandmother than a well-chosen poem? Poets have given us words with which to honor the women in our lives in many poetry books in picture book form or in novels in verse or in anthologies of poems by many poets. 
  1. Atkins, Jeannine. 2010. Borrowed Names; Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters. Henry Holt.
  2. Grimes, Nikki. 2015. Poems in the Attic. Ill. by Elizabeth Zunon. New York: Lee & Low. 
  3. Holt, K. A. 2015. House Arrest. San Francisco: Chronicle.
  4. Lewis, J. Patrick. 2005. Vherses: A Celebration of Outstanding Women. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  5. McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. 2011. Under the Mesquite. New York: Lee & Low.
  6. Mora, Pat. 2001. Ed. Love to Mamá: a Tribute to Mothers. New York: Lee & Low Books.
  7. Smith, Hope Anita. 2009. Mother: Poems. New York: Henry Holt.
  8. Thomas, Joyce Carol. 2001. A Mother’s Love: Poems for us to Share. New York: Joanna Cotler.
  9. Wong. Janet S. 1999. The Rainbow Hand: Poems about Mothers and Children. New York: McElderry.
  10. Yolen, Jane and Heidi E.Y. Stemple. 2001. Dear Mother, Dear Daughter: Poems for Young People.  Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds.
Plus, I hope you'll also indulge a plug for the many poems about mothers in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, including the poem that Janet Wong wrote especially for Mother's Day. (And yes, that is my own mom holding me as a newborn in the photo!)

Now, let's see what poetry goodness awaits us at other lovely blogs! Mister Linky will gather all our posts below. Thanks for sharing!









32 comments:

laurasalas said...

What a lovely poem by Janet and a gorgeous photo of you and your mother, Sylvia. Happy Poetry Friday!

Andromeda Jazmon Sibley said...

How sweet! Thanks for posting these and happy Mother's Day! My link is going into Mr. Linky on Thursday evening, although the post doesn't go live till Friday morning. I have another original tritina with the Poetry Sisters. Thanks for letting us jump in early.

Irene Latham said...

Sylvia, that picture is such a treasure! And yes, there is something magic about mother-scent. Thanks for sharing Janet's poem, and this list. My link isn't quite live yet, but soon! Happy Poetry Friday!

jama said...

What a beautiful picture! Your mom reminds me a little of Queen Elizabeth. :) Also love Janet's poem and the whole infographic featuring poems about mothers from the PF Anthology. Happy to see Hope Anita Smith's book listed as this week I'm featuring one of the poems from it.

My link goes live at 6 a.m. Friday morning.

Thanks so much for hosting this week, and Happy Mother's Day to you!

Penny Parker Klostermann said...

What a sweet photo. Thanks for posting Janet's poem. I've shared it at schools and just love it. My link goes live early Friday morning but I'll go ahead and post it.

Thanks for hosting!

Mary Lee said...

Thanks for the timely resources!!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks for hosting and for sharing Janet's poem - lovely. I will be checking out the book list. =)

Tara Smith said...

Beautiful photograph and poem - and what a fabulous collection of resources! Thanks for hosting today, Sylvia.

Robyn Hood Black said...

Thank you for hosting, Sylvia, and Happy Mother's Day! Much appreciation for the thoughtful introduction and selections this week. What a perfect image in Janet's poem!
And that family photograph is just beautiful. :0)

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Thank you for hosting today, Sylvia. As always, a splendid list of poetry resources! And such a beautiful pairing of photograph and poem, too. Come to think of it, poems are a lot like perfume in that way, no?

Diane Mayr said...

Thanks for the great list of mother poetry books! And, what a lovely photo you've shared.

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Very touching words from Janet...thanks for hosting, Sylvia! Happy Mother's Day!

(My link goes live shortly after midnight)

Violet Nesdoly said...

Thanks for hosting, Sylvia. I love the resource list but especially the personal photo of your mom and you, and the beautiful poem by Janet.

Janet Wong said...

Jama is right: your mother is sending a Queen Elizabeth vibe in that photo. Maybe we should call you Princess Sylvia? (And thanks for sharing my Mother's Day poem!)

Sylvia Vardell said...

Hey, you early birds! Thanks for posting already and getting our Poetry Friday fun started. Thanks also for your kind comments and compliments, too. Happy Mother's Day to all who celebrate!

Linda B said...

Happy Mother's Day, Sylvia and thank you for hosting, and for sharing the lovely list, topped with Janet's poem. I love seeing your picture too, a treasure to have.

Carol Varsalona said...

While this comment may be repetitious of others' responses, it is heartfelt, Sylvia. The photo of your mother is precious. The set of resources around the quote is timely and filled with great resources. Thank You. Enjoy the weekend.

Mandy said...

Thank you for hosting this week and for the wonderful collection of poems around Mother's Day. Enjoy your weekend.

Catherine said...

Thank you for hosting, Sylvia, and for sharing so many terrific resources! What a sweet picture of you and your mother. Happy Mother's Day!

Tabatha said...

Look at those adorable baby fingers! Thanks for hosting us today, Sylvia!

Little Willow said...

Happy Friday, everyone!
Thanks for hosting! :)

Karen Edmisten said...

Thanks for all the links and ideas, Sylvia! And thanks for hosting this week.

Tricia said...

Sylvia, thanks for sharing a little bit of your wee self in this post. Like others, I adore the photo. And Janet's poem rings so true and sweet.

Thanks for hosting today.

tanita✿davis said...

Wow, that's such an elegant Mama/baby portrait! A lot of great links for Mother's Day -- Thanks for hosting us this round and for being a community resource!

Janet S. said...

My selection is The Tree That Time Built: a celebration of nature, science and imagination.

jan godown annino said...

What a lovely fashion plate your Mama is with her sweet wee Sylvia. And Janet Wong's memory is precious.
I love the mini-poster of the Mom poems, from the PF Celebrations Anthology.
To continue the convo on the helpful Moms' poetry list,
some of these girls in this title grew up to be moms:
ALL BY HERSELF, poems by Ann Whitford Paul, illustrated by Michael Steirnagle.

At my site I have the same good titles up from last week -
Laura Shovan's debut novel, fortunately for us, a novel in verse &
2 others from the vault, so I don't think it's cricket to do Mr. Linky but
if you have time PF readers are welcome to visit at Bookseedstudio https://www.wordpress.com/

Happy Weekend with XX on top!

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said...

"a temporary tattoo" So perfect!

And Sylvia, this photograph is stunning. I love it and too, imagining baby Sylvia full of poems even though she didn't know it yet.

Happy Mother's Day to you and thank you for hosting and so much love in this post. xx

JoAnn Early Macken said...

Thank you for all the Mother's Day poems--and what a beautiful photo!

Today on the Teaching Authors blog, I discuss writer's block and share a poem I wrote about my brand-new chair: http://www.teachingauthors.com/2016/05/i-bought-chair.html

Brenda Harsham said...

Lovely poem by Janet that brings to mind how primal the connection is, on one's very skin. I love your Celebrations Anthology. It's an inspiration to remember how special each day is. TGIPF!

Ramona said...

Love the pic of you and your mom, Janet's poem, your list of books, and the list of poems in the new anthology. Lots of poetry love for mom's this weekend. I'm sharing a poem that is apropos for Poetry Friday moms from an old favorite book, Poems for Mothers.

Holly Thompson said...

Such perfect poems to share this weekend! Thank you!

Myra Garces Bacsal said...

Thank you so much for hosting, Sylvia. I love the Mother's Day special. :)