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Thoughtful Thursday

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: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday is Dr. King’s birthday, and in celebration this Thoughtful Thursday brings you lots of suggestions for books about Dr. King to read with your children. Enjoy. Children’s Books About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. < strong> My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris My First Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marion Dane […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Bomb Cyclone 2018

If you are on the East Coast as we are, you are are experiencing the aftermath a snowstorm of epic proportions, which has been called a “bomb cyclone”, “bombogenesis” and a winter hurricane. Whatever you want to call it, it has dumped a lot of snow on us, and the winds are whipping around at […]

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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: Thanksgiving Poems

Since we will be taking a break from posting on Thanksgiving day itself, today’s Thoughtful Thursday offers up some Thanksgiving poetry for you and your family to enjoy. We begin with two poems from Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872-1906), who was one of the first African American poets to gain national recognition. You will note the […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Veteran’s Day

Saturday is Veteran’s Day. Today’s Thoughtful Thursday offers three poems by Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947), a celebrated poet who is a veteran and writes about his experiences in and after his service in the Vietnam War. Komunyakaa served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1970 as a correspondent and as managing editor of […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: In Celebration of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund held its 31st Annual National Equal Justice Award Dinner in New York City tonight. The evening was an inspirational tribute to LDF and its focus on defending civil rights and empowering people and communities in the fight for equality. If you don’t know about the Legal Defense Fund, […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Parenting Poems

Yes, Thoughtful Thursday comes on Saturday this week. It is Parent’s Weekend at the college of our youngest son, and we have been spending the last few days strolling the campus and enjoying our time with him. Only fitting then that poems for this Thoughtful Thursday are about parenting, from James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938), Carolyn […]

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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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