12 September Celebrations + a Birthday!

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

National Guide Dog Month
Grandparents Day
Good Neighbor Day
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Tashlich (Rosh Hashanah)
National Blended Family Day
Constitution Day, Citizenship Day
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Band-Aid Day
First Day of Fall
Dashain Festival
and a Birthday!

Follow this poem with “I Will Be a Chemist: Mario José Molina”/ “Voy a ser químico: Mario José Molina” by Alma Flor Ada from The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science (and The Poetry of Science student edition): a poem perfect for Hispanic Heritage Month, inspired by the life of Nobel winner Mario José Molina.

September Highlights

Good Neighbor Day

Isn’t it great when our neighbors are our friends, too? Celebrate Good Neighbor Day on September 28th with poet Linda Kulp Trout‘s “Welcome”—and then follow up with “How to Make a Friend” by Jane Heitman Healy (in English and in Spanish). 

Picture Book Pairing: Neville by Norton Juster

National Blended Family Day

Let’s celebrate the fabulous diversity found in families on National Blended Family Day with “Our Blended Family” by Doraine Bennett, then continue with “All Kinds of Kids” by Elizabeth Steinglass from GREAT Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud.

Picture Book Pairing: When Otis Courted Mama by Kathi Appelt

A Latin American Birthday

In “My Piñata Party,” Margarita Engle describes the custom of hanging papier-mâché “statues” that blindfolded children try to break to release colorfully wrapped pieces of candy hidden inside. Once the candy falls, all the children scramble to get their share.

Picture Book Pairing: Dale, dale, dale: una fiesta de números; Hit It, Hit It, Hit It: A Fiesta of Numbers by René Saldaña, Jr.