Happy National Poetry Day!
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National Poetry Day is here! Across the country, people of all ages are coming together to read, write and share poetry. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate literature and get people to express their creativity! The theme for this year is vision.
Last year, we were delighted that our book Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me won Highly Commended in the CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award). Thinker is a collection of poems that tell a story about a young boy called Jace and his puppy Thinker. But unlike most dogs, Thinker is a poet – and so is Jace!
Poetry can help us to develop a stronger sense of our own identities, and to better understand people who are different from us. Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me by Eloise Greenfield is a bold celebration of black family life and friendships. It uses many poetic forms including rhyming, free verse, haiku and rap, showing children that poetry can be anything you want it to be! Poetry enriches us, makes us see the world differently, increasing empathy and understanding. Many children grow up believing that poetry isn’t for them. We want to change this. Children should be able to see themselves reflected in the poetry they read, regardless of their background, gender, religion or ethnicity.
Eloise Greenfield, author of Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me, explains that
The key is to interweave poetry into everyday life.
Indeed, sometimes a poem is more like a conversation. In the poems ‘Tell Me, Jace’ and ‘Jace’s Answer’, Thinker asks Jace to explain the world to him, and Jace replies that he doesn’t know – he’s only seven after all! You can try doing distinctive voices for the different characters in the book. What would a puppy sound like if he could talk? Would his words come out like a bark or a growl? Play around with it and have fun!
Poetry allows children to think creatively and outside the box. Introducing it to young children teaches them to think deeply, concentrating more on the words used and the rhythm created from this. Poetry allows us to connect with others in a free and unique way. It can introduce new ideas, new words and new ways of looking at the world in a fun and exciting format. Allowing freedom of expression and creativity, there are no limits to the ways a poem can evolve and tell a story!
We hope Thinker has inspired you to try reading a poem out loud! We’d love to see your poetry performance or any Thinker-inspired poems you’ve written! Send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us at @TinyOwl_Books.
Join in the conversation with the hashtags #NationalPoetryDay and #ShareAPoem
- Thinker picked as the best diverse children’s books by The Evening Standard
- Read review by The New York Times!
- Read a review by IBBY UK: Thinker is warm and lively!
- Listen to Eloise Greenfield recite her poetry in fab video for Thinker
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