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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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Thoughtful Thursday: Black History Month

Thoughtful Thursdays are back! For those new to GCP, Thoughtful Thursdays feature poetry, quotes, and other literary delights for you to enjoy and share with your sons. The first Thoughtful Thursday of Black History Month 2017 features a classic poem by Langston Hughes, “I Too, Sing America”. In this poem Hughes reminds us that Americans […]

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Read Rice & Rocks With Your Sons!

Looking for a wonderful picture book celebrating culture and diversity that your sons (and your daughters) will love? Rice & Rocks introduces us to the delightful young Giovanni, who is looking forward to another great Sunday of hanging out with his pet parrot Jasper and playing with his friends who are coming to dinner, until […]

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Talking to Your Young Children About Slavery: 5 Things to Know

“Tell us about your first relative to come to the United States. Where did he or she come from?” A third grader had this question for homework the other day. His dad called me in a panic: “We haven’t told him about slavery yet–he’s too young. How is he supposed to answer this?” After commiserating […]

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