Poetry Friday Goes to School

Inspired by the lively Poetry Friday community in the blog world, this year I decided to bring that magic into my work as a Literacy Coach in a K-3 school. 

Each Friday, I share a poem via email to our school community. Teachers can choose to share the poem on a screen or print it out so that children can illustrate it. To make it even better, the poem is read aloud each Friday during morning announcements!

The kick-off poem was “Circle of Sun” by Rebecca Kai Dotlich from the wonderful anthology HERE’S A LITTLE POEM. Last week it  was Deborah Ruddell’s “The Cardinal.” The week before, Molly Lorenz’s poem about making friends with a new kid was a big hit– “Lunch” from the book What is a Friend? (edited by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell of Pomelo Books). 

Weaving poetry into the school day is academically sound, and good for the heart and soul… Happy Poetry Friday, everyone!

On Fridays, I love taking part in Poetry Friday when I can, where writers share resources about children’s poetry. This week, poet Buffy Silverman hosts the Poetry Friday Roundup today at her blog. Check out the celebration of poetry there today!



  1. Sarah Tuttle says:

    This is delightful news! So glad you’re working to make poetry part of your school’s norm. Thanks for sharing the inspiration, and happy Poetry Friday!

  2. lindabaie says:

    Beautiful choices and a wonderful thing that it’s shared with morning announcements, too, Mary! It’s Poetry Friday at your school!

  3. maryleehahn says:

    Three cheers for bringing more poetry into the lives of these teachers and children!!!

    I’m so excited that you’ll be at NCTE! We can’t help but meeting…I’m sure we’ll be hanging out in the same poetry sessions!

  4. cvarsalona says:

    Mary, it is a wonderful practice to bring poetry to the whole school via morning announcements. I hope the teachers and students enjoy the treat you have for them. Have fun at NCTE. I am sorry that I am missing seeing all my friends.

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