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Thoughtful Thursday: Nikki Giovanni and Carla Hayden Love Libraries

Don’t you just love a good public library? Those of us born in the pre-internet world fondly remember wandering up and down the isles of the local public library, looking for the next great read or the critical info for that paper due too soon. Public libraries today have adapted to the new digital world […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Rita Dove on The Pleasures of Reading

The selection of today’s Thoughtful Thursday offering, “The First Book” by the celebrated poet Rita Dove, was inspired by yesterday’s post about LeBron James’ wonderful new IPromise public school in Akron Ohio. The school is designed to inspire middle school students who are performing below their grade levels. Helping them with reading skills will surely […]

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Summer School for Parents

GCP Parents, hope you and your families are having a great summer! Now is a good time to focus on making sure that your children start the school year right. Have you been combatting summer slide with your children? If not, there is still time. Wherever you are in this process, we’ve got tips to […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Blessing the Boats by Lucille Clifton

Hello GCP‘ers! Yes, it has been a while, and while it is not actually Thursday, (let’s call it “Thursday Plus”) here is a lovely Thoughtful Thursday poem for you all, “Blessing the Boats” by the renowned African American poet Lucille Clifton (1936-2010). Born in Depew, New York in 1936, Clifton’s first book of poetry was […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating Black Women Poets

Yesterday we said bye to February’s Black History Month, and today we say hey to Women’s History Month. While we at GCP are not the biggest fans of the designation of just one month out of the year to focus on the great contributions Black people and women have made to our nation’s history, for […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Read-Aloud Poems to Tickle and Soothe

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday offers a break from the sadness and sorrow that surrounds us in the aftermath of the horrific Florida school shooting. Here are a delightful hodgepodge of poems to read aloud to your little ones as you tuck them in at night. We hope you have shielded them from the bulk of the […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: How Poetry Can Help Children Love Reading

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday features a delightful video from PBS News Hour in which author Jason Reynolds explains how poetry can help reluctant readers learn to love literature. Reynolds notes, “The separate stanzas aid and perpetuate a kind of incremental reading one small chunk at a time” which makes it much more approachable and enjoyable. Definitely […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Winter Poems

Baby, it’s cold outside! As the first day of winter approaches, here in the Northeast the temperature has been dropping and the wind has been whipping up. We’ve gone from light breezes to gusty gales, and we have had our few first snowfalls. Just in time for the holidays! Today’s Thoughtful Thursday celebrates the chilly […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: 3 Black Women Poets to Know and Love

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday pays tribute to three African American women poets: Jessie Redmon Fausetz, Audre Lorde, and Natasha Trethewey. Jessie Redmon Fausetz (1882-1961) played an important part in the Harlem Renaissance as the literary editor of The Crisis, a magazine founded by W.E.B.Dubois. A graduate of Cornell University in 1905, she was a teacher before […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating Fall

With the wind kicking up here in New York City today, it finally is beginning to feel like fall. It is only fitting then that today’s Thoughtful Thursday offers up some poems to celebrate the season. In “Merry Autumn” the great African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar notes how the festive fall colors brighten up […]

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