Thursday, June 23, 2022

Star-Catching, Poem-Chasing

Hello Poets,

I'm on the road and on my way home from a fantastic vacation full of fun and family. My heart and suitcase are bursting with memories. I've been star-catching too -- see?

This week's reading, between naps and visiting, has been Shirley McPhillips'  Poem Central. Word Journeys with Readers and Writers (Stenhouse 2014). It's fantastic! There are lots and lots of practical tips for immersing humans of all ages in language through poetry. 

Reading Poem Central relaxes me as a teacher and student, writer and reader. It's information at a pace that pleases me and gives me rest. Poem Central is packed full of poems and references to poems and all kinds of practical writing tips. Even if you don't teach language arts or poetry...this book is a keeper. 

McPhillips, Shirley. Poem Central: Word Journeys with Readers and Writers. Stenhouse Publishers, 2014.

Even though it's been a busy trip, I managed to get a tiny new star poem up on the padlet.

I hope you are enjoying summer! Three cheers and thanks to Catherine at Reading to the Core for hosting our round-up this week. 


  1. I'm glad to hear that your vacation has been full of family, star-gazing, and fun. Your star collage is lovely. Have fun wishing upon a star.

  2. Linda, you starcatcher, you! Glad to hear you've had a happy vacation, and thank you for the book rec! xo

  3. Love that new 'star' poem, Linda. Your post is shining today with all those vacation memories. Happy you had a great vacation!

  4. Linda, I loved your reference to capturing memories- 'My heart and suitcase are bursting with memories.' When we travel, we return laden with stories- how good is that? Thank you for the book referral, I shall seek it out. I enjoyed the simple, yet effective message that shone out of your poem.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful vacation! I extra-love the first line of your pride poem--it just rolls...

  6. Your poem shines brightly in a week that desperately needs light - thank you for sharing it with us! And thanks for the mention of the book! I've added it to my reading list.

  7. The book sounds fabulous. Thanks, I put it on my to read list!

  8. I love your collection of tiny stars! And your star poem for your children brought tears to my eyes. We all need to be shouting this from the rooftops! I'm not familiar with Poem Central, but am definitely intrigued. Glad to hear you had such a wonderful vacation with your family!


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