Friday, September 16, 2016

National Blended Family Day

Today's host for the Poetry Friday Roundup is Michelle at Today's Little Ditty

In a few weeks I'll be heading to Western Washington University for Poetry Camp. What an amazing poetry packed weekend it's going to be. I'm looking forward to connecting with some special poetry friends and making some new ones. 

Anyone a Girl Scout? Remember this song?

Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, developers of the Poetry Friday Anthologies, have put so much time and effort into the weekend. I'm looking forward to saying thank you in person. 

I will be presenting a session on Poetry and Social Studies with award-winning author, Carmen Bernier-Grand. Yes, I am excited! 

Click here for Cynthia Leitich-Smith's interview with Carmen.

Today happens to be National Blended Family Day. I still open my copy of the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations and feel quite delighted to be included with such a talented group of poets. 


  1. This is a great example of a poem that acts as a mirror for children who need one. Have you read Dana Alison Levy's Fletcher Family books? They feature a fun, loving blended family -- all boys.

    1. Thanks, Laura. No I' haven't seen these. Will have to check them out.

  2. Thanks for sharing your poem and reminding us about National Blended Family Day. Have fun at Poetry Camp!

  3. How beautiful! So many children in my library community live in blended families, it's wonderful to see a poem that celebrates this form of family in such a positive and loving way.

  4. So bummed I couldn't swing poetry camp— I know you all are going to have an amazing time! Love your crazy quilt poem, Dori, and especially what it represents.

  5. So important to remember. Thanks for sharing this today, Doraine. Have a blast at poetry camp!

  6. Sounds like you have fun times ahead! The people who get to take your workshop are lucky :-)

  7. Enjoy every moment of next weekend's workshop. We want a full report!
    And, I love your connections to social studies and poetry. They sound familiar! I'm a social studies teacher....who ran away to be a school librarian and love poetry. I think we could just chat for hours!

  8. What a lovely poem, Doraine. We have several blended families on our tree and affirming them continues to be important.

    I will look for you at Poetry Camp. Feel a little trembly about meeting all the wonderful Poetry Friday poets that till now have been only a links I visit through the magic of the internet and my computer.

  9. Wow lucky duck! Have a wonderful time at Poetry Camp, and thank you for this excellent little poem, which had escaped my notice in the PFAFC! The day is coming when this is the norm and not the exception....

  10. The anthologies are wonderful, and that celebrations one is a gift that just keeps giving.