12 January Celebrations + a Birthday!

In The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations
you’ll find January poems about:

National Soup Month
National Braille Literacy Month
New Year’s Day
National Bird Day
Three Kings Day
National Pizza Week
National Hat Day
100th Day of School
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
National Popcorn Day
National Compliment Day
National Puzzle Day and a Birthday!

January Highlights

Happy New Year!

Former Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt writes about goals in “New Year Is Here” (here’s the Spanish version of that poem). What are your goals? Maybe you could learn another language!

Picture Book Pairing: 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental

National Soup Month

In “The Poet Celebrates National Soup Month,” poet Eileen Spinelli has fun writing in her soup. What would you write in your soup, if you could write a message? Try it here at Photofunia.com!‎

Picture Book Pairing: Zoopa: An Animal Alphabet by Gianna Marino (or get cooking with Pretend Soup and Other Recipes: A Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up by Mollie Katzen

National Bird Day

You can celebrate National Bird Day on January 5th by knitting nests for birds. Former Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle writes about that in her poems “I Can Help” and “¡Yo puedo ayudar!” Learn more about helping baby birds here!

Picture Book Pairing: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett