Thursday, September 05, 2019

The Poetry Friday Party is Here!

Janet (Wong) and I are excited to host Poetry Friday today! As kids and teachers and librarians head back to school, we wish everyone a wonderful year full of learning and laughter and poetry! To get us rolling, here's one of my favorites from our anthology, GREAT Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud (Pomelo Books, 2018). This one's by a newcomer who is already making a BIG name for herself, Traci Sorell. 

I'm excited that I'll finally get to meet Traci at the upcoming IBBY regional conference and I hope you'll join me there! (IBBY = International Board on Books for Young People and USBBY is the US section of this global group.) It's one of my favorite professional development events of the year (or every other year since it's biennial)! It's a small event with an intimate feel-- almost like a literature "retreat." And each of the speakers (authors, illustrators, poets) mix and mingle with the conference-goers. Most stay for the whole conference and become part of the audience too. It's lovely! And best of all, this is a group that looks at literature with a global focus, so meaningful in helping us think beyond our own borders. I hope you'll consider joining us! Here's the link for more info.


Best of all, there are heaps of poets who will be at the conference! Look at this list (below)!  So, make plans to come to Austin, Texas in October and you won't regret it! 

Now please use the handy InLinkz button below to add your Poetry Friday link and Janet and I'll be visiting your blogs all weekend long! Happy Poetry Friday, one and all!

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38 comments:

Linda Mitchell said...

Sylvia and Janet, thanks so much for hosting this week. One of the things that's so special about your books is how you welcome new poets into the world of published work. As a librarian, I find Traci's poem just perfect! This week, my Sunday Night Swaggers are sharing poems from the same prompt. Have fun seeing all the ways we responded to the prompt.

Whispers from the Ridge said...

Thanks for hosting! I will definitely be sharing this book with my school leaders. Love it!

jama said...

Thanks for sharing Traci's poem. Hope you have lots of fun at the IBBY Conference! Nice to return from summer blog break and have you and Janet hosting the Roundup. :)

Michelle Kogan said...

Love Traci's poem–so succinct and inviting! The IBBY Conference looks wonderful–what a fun teaser your graphics are with all the poets, hope you'll fill us in afterward. Thanks Sylvia and Janet for hosting the roundup this week!

Linda Kulp Trout said...

Janet and Sylvia, thank you for hosting this week. I love Traci's poem, and I love GREAT Morning! I sure wish I could be at the IBBY Conference!

Linda B said...

Thank you for hosting, Janet & Sylvia. I loved Traci's "We Are Grateful", look forward to the coming-soon new books. Your conference sounds fabulous!

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Indeed, so many things for which to be thankful! Have fun at the conference, Sylvia, and thanks for hosting today.

Little Willow said...

Thank you for hosting and sharing an attitude of gratitude! :)

Karen Edmisten said...

Oh, that conference sounds dreamy! I wish I could be there. Thanks for hosting, Janet and Sylvia, and thanks for sharing Traci's poem and spreading the gratitude. :)

Amy LV said...

Here's to school libraries and librarians and all who bring such goodness to children. Thank you for Traci's grateful words and for sharing about the IBBY Conference. Someday I will come. Thank you, too, for hosting. xx

Alan j Wright said...

Thank you Janet and Sylvia for hosting and for sharing your news about a special gathering of poets. This needs to happen more!

Molly Hogan said...

Wow! What a stellar cast of poets gathering in one location! I can only imagine all the energy and inspiration that will flow there. Enjoy! Thanks so much for hosting this week and for the reminder to be thankful.

Liz Steinglass said...

Hi Sylvia and Janet, thanks for hosting. Traci's poem is so lovely. The IBBY conference sounds amazing. I wish I could be there!

Kay said...

Thanks for hosting today! I love Traci's poem. The school library was always my favorite thing about school. The conference looks fabulous. I see several Poetry Friday friends will be there. Enjoy it, and I hope we will hear all about it.

Kimberly Hutmacher said...

I'm thankful for that lovely poem, and I'm thankful that you and Janet are hosting this week! The conference faculty sounds amazing. I wish I lived closer. I hope you'll share some nuggets here when you get back.

Sara said...

The conference sounds wonderful! I'm always thankful for libraries---not only because of the awesome librarians and the numerous resources, but also because I love writing there, surrounded by What is Possible-- Hope in book form! Many thanks for hosting today.

Rebecca Herzog said...

Thanks for hosting today! The IBBY conference sounds like it will be lots of fun. Can't wait to hear about it.

Carol Varsalona said...

Sylvia and Janet, I fell asleep reading your post and never got to add my post so bright and early I woke. I am going to send out tweets with info on Great Morning and this Poetry Friday party. Great Morning is such a must-read for the back to school classrooms and principal's offices. I am so glad to be a part of that story and able to share the good news. Thanks for hosting PF today. See you at NCTE19.

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

What better way to welcome teachers and students back to school than with poetry and thankfulness. :) The IBBY poetry line-up this here looks outstanding! Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday this week, Sylvia and Janet!

Michelle Schaub said...

OOOh, I wish I could be at IBBY with all these wonderful poets! Hopefully next time! So glad you highlighted Traci Sorell. She is such an important new and talented voice!

tanita✿davis said...

Thanks for the conference information - looks like you'll have a rich and amazing list of speakers!

laurasalas said...

This sounds like an amazing conference. Joy and hope are always good things to celebrate.

laurasalas said...

PS thank you for hosting!

Laura Shovan said...

What a sweet poem from Traci. I loved my elementary school library -- it felt like a retreat. I'm looking forward to seeing so many Poetry Friday friends at UBBY next month!

Liz Garton Scanlon said...

You and Janet are such treasures! I'll see you in Abilene, by the way, for the West Texas Book Festival!
Thanks for hosting today...

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks for sharing this great poem. There can never be too much praise or gratitude for libraries, in my opinion. :-)

Wish I could attend the conference! You'll have to give my co-blogger April Halprin Wayland a hug from me while you're there!

Renee LaTulippe said...

Ah, Janet and Sylvia, you tireless purveyors of poetry perfection! How I wish I could one day meet you all at a conference and revel in the company of so many poets and advocates I admire! For now, I thank you from afar for all you do for us, for teachers and librarians, and for countless kids. You really are poetry goddesses!

karmstrong said...

I second what Renee LaTulippe said! The IBBY conference sounds like a poetry dream come true. Wish I could be there.

Tabatha said...

Thank you for hosting! I hope you report on the conference afterwards -- it is always lovely to be briefed about the wonderful things that go on.

Catherine Flynn said...

Thank you for hosting today, Sylvia and Janet! There are so many wonderful poems in Great Morning, and this is one of my favorites. The IBBY conference sounds amazing! How could it not be, with so many incredible poets? It's not an option for me, but I am planning to be at NCTE. Hope to see you there!

Tim Kulp said...

Thank you Sylvia and Janet for hosting! I'm new to the community and have been really enjoying reading the work of others and sharing my own.

Susan Bruck said...

Thanks for hosting this week. And thanks for sharing Traci's poem. It made me smile--I've always been a lover of libraries (well, maybe not always, but as soon as I learned to read). And the conference sounds amazing! I wish I could come. Can't wait to hear more about it.

Robyn Hood Black said...

Thanks so much for hosting, you two! It's always a GREAT MORNING over here, and I'm sure Traci's poem helps make mornings great in school hallways, too! :0) Have a fabulous, inspiring time at IBBY. (I did not manage a post this week, as we're still out of town after evacuating from Hurricane Dorian. Have heard our house looks fine, and our little town was very fortunate despite the close brush with Dorian, who was a Cat 3 just off our coast. Keeping so many affected in our hearts and prayers.) XO

jan godown annino said...

So many joys to think of, in uncovering what new books are on exhibit in the school library.
Book talks and parades.
Lots and lots of poem-reading, story-acting, days.

Appreciations for sharing a poet new to me & for all the October Auxtin TX IBBY conference goodness.
You all Get Your Poet Boots ON!! Will look forward to the posts/articles/blogs/photos that flow forth from that one.

With thanks for hosting us, too.
My Sept. 6 post will appear soon once I wiggle some photos into place at Bookseedstudio.

jan godown annino said...

Hi Janet & Sylvia.
It is like opening a book box in the mail, to learn of a new poet - appreciations for the intro to Traci & her joyful words

And high fives for the upcoming October poetry party at IBBY in Texas. It gives me a glow to know I have
books of many of the presenters & have even met & call Friend, some of them. What a welcoming world
Poetry Friday/Children's Literature is. I will be with you all in Spirit.

Happy Sunday.

Joyce Ray said...

Thank you for hosting and for the lovely poem uplifting libraries. I can't image life without them! Have a great time at your conference!

Sylvia Vardell said...

Hey, y'all! Janet and I are so grateful to be part of this beautiful Poetry Friday community! Thanks so much for linking all your awesome posts and for pausing to comment too. You're all so lovely and generous and we appreciate your kind words! In a world that can be so difficult, this Poetry Friday light is such beacon! Thanks again!

Janet Wong said...

YES, thank you, everyone, for your comments. I loved visiting your blogs and reading about poetry swaps, "womanity," Hildegard and nun puffs, and snakes . . . and Snakes , , , and SNAKES!!! (I am very afraid of snakes--and still found your poems fascinating.) How can we bring more people to the Poetry Friday community? Let's work on that--with our tweets, shares, mentions, and "old-fashioned" emails!!!