Poetry Teatime: The One Where Daddy and Emma Read Together

Gary and Emma read a book called “Ask Me” together. This book is by Bernard Waber, who is known for his book, “Ira Sleeps Over”.  The audio is not good because of a video game playing in the background interfering with the sound. Sorry about that! I didn’t know until I listened to the replay. I will make sure nothing is playing in the background the next time I record a video or do a scope. We also have some squeaky doors in our house. I hadn’t noticed how noisy they are until I listened to this replay.


Abby spins her eyes around and around and says she is seeing the world!


And I read a poem by Jack Prelutsky called “The Lynx of Chain”, from the book, “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant”.


Then Morgan reads a poem called “Me” by Walter de la Mare and another one called “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” by Maya Angelou.


Watch the video here:




Poetry Teatime: Flood Edition

We had an unusual and varied Poetry Teatime. There was flooding in Houston, so my husband, Gary, stayed home from work. The gym was closed, so the big boys were home. With everybody home, I declared a special edition of the Poetry Teatime.

Poetry Teatime: Flood Edition

The creeks were flooded, the streets were rivers and our home was filled with soul-filling poetry and tummy-filling yummy treats. And lots of boys.

No-bake cookies flooded our table.

The boys dominated Teatime this day.

Gary read a poem about bats while drinking Peace Tea and petting the family guinea pig. All while working on a technical manual!

Morgan read his usual pleasantly morbid selections from his favorite book of poems.

Shawn read entertaining epitaphs and limericks that made us laugh.

Patrick read an original poem he had written during our Teatime.

Christian, our friend, braved the flood waters and arrived just in time to join our Poetry Teatime. And to eat some no-bake cookies.

I read Winnie-the-Pooh poems to bring some dignity to the occasion.

Fiona Grace graced us with a poem from her favorite poem book all her own.







Our family has come through some rough waters recently. Our vessel was in danger of cracking up. We were splintered into cliques and enemy camps.

We needed something to unify us. Especially something with my husband involved. Who would have thought a flood and a Poetry Teatime would help us make strides toward the unity we have been trying to recapture?

I guess you could say this Poetry Teatime helped us get back on course. My husband commented later that it helped him to see the importance of gathering together around the table. He is now trying to make it a priority over other activities to call everyone together for meals, Bible Study, and prayer time.

My cup overflows!

This poem came together as I was writing this letter.

The Poetry Pirates

Despite pouring rain
And tumultuous weather
We gathered for tea
And read poems together.

A band of pirates
just come through a storm
Sailing through poetry books
Safe, dry and warm.

Poring over poems
Searching for treasure
To share with our crew
Who cares about the weather!

A Beautiful Poem by My Son 400 Years After Shakespeare’s Death

This is from my Shakespeare, my son Shawn Cameron Douglas.

Shawn has been participating in our Poetry Teatimes lately. I can’t help but think that his poetry has gotten even better since we started doing them.

Poetry, Teatime, Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday, Shakespeare and More!!!

April is National Poetry Month!

So many good ideas, events, occasions and special themes are all converging in the next couple of weeks.

We have been enjoying Poetry Teatimes every Wednesday for the last several months. We have used children’s poetry books I got at the library. I enjoy “The Complete Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A. A. Milne the most and read poems from it each time. I have a little book for Abby called “A Small Child’s Book of Cozy Poems” that I let her choose a poem from, then I read it aloud. She is not reading yet. Fiona has a favorite Poetry book called, “Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn By Heart” by Mary Ann Hoberman that she chooses poems from and reads aloud during our teatime. The boys have chosen darker and more complicated poems from The Oxford Treasury of Classic Poems.

I am excited because I found some new poetry books at the library, and I’m anxious to set those out today to see what the kids choose to read from them. I have some by Jack Prelutsky and some books that have “reversos” in them written by Marilyn Singer. If you haven’t heard of “reversos”, you really need to check out “Mirror, Mirror” and “Follow, Follow” by Marilyn Singer.

Well, we had the Poetry Teatime yesterday, and Gary got to read some Jack Prelutsky poems with us. They were funny, and we had a good time with them. Shawn read some poems from a book I found at the library called “The Golden Books Family Treasury of Poetry”. They were really funny. We all really laughed out loud and enjoyed them. I was so happy to have Gary and Shawn join us. It made the occasion even more special and fun.







Another exciting occasion that I plan to celebrate is Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday on April 12th. I have checked out the audio books of her books about Ramona and her books about Henry Huggins. I plan to have the kids listen to them in the next couple of days. And then Read Aloud Revival is observing Drop Everything and Read Day and has a book club kit that you can download here: D.E.A.R Day

We may do a teatime to celebrate her birthday and listen to the audiobooks of Ramona or Henry.

And then, we will probably do a Shakespeare-themed teatime soon. I will have to figure out how to incorporate the other children besides Morgan into this.

A new website called Poetry Teatime has just launched, and it contains lots of good ideas for how to celebrate National Poetry Month. There are lots of other good ideas for how to have a Poetry Teatime at this website, too.

I have several other books ready to read aloud to everyone. We need to read some books to be ready for the next author event at Read-Aloud Revival. I have books by Candace Fleming that were highly recommended by Sarah Mackenzie at RAR. They are “Boxes for Katje” and “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!”. The next Author Access Event is scheduled for April 17th.

I listened to the Author Access Event from March featuring Laura Purdie Salas. I found out about some really nice books and got them from the library, too. “A Leaf Can Be,” A Rock Can Be,” and “Water Can Be”. They are very imaginative and well-done. The illustrations are a good match for the words. This author is very good at thinking of common things in unusual ways and finding rhyming words to describe them in phrases that consist of only two words. Another good book by her is called “Book Speak” which is full of poems about books. Very creative and imaginative, these books are a joy to read aloud to children.

I also have books for children about spiritual warfare from Frostie Hall. She sent them to me when I asked for suggestions of something to read aloud on Facebook. She wrote a trilogy called “Dread Champions of the King”. I read them to the older kids several years ago when my neighbor let me borrow them.

I also have the audio adventure about Alfred the Great by G. A. Henty called “The Dragon and the Raven”.

This is not so much a wrap-up as a planning post. But I wanted to get everything in one place so that I will be more likely to get it done.