12 August Celebrations + a Birthday!

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

Family Fun Month
National Farmers’ Market Week
Watermelon Day
Birthday of the NBA
Dollar Day
Shark Week
World Elephant Day
First Day of School
National Tell a Joke Day
National Thrift Shop Day
National Aviation Day
National Waffle Day
and a Birthday!

August Highlights

Watermelon Day

Celebrate Watermelon Day on August 3rd (or any day) with this poem in Spanish; find the equally delicious English version, “Summer Melon” by Tricia Stohr-Hunt (creator of the Miss Rumphius Effect blog), in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations!

Picture Book Pairing: The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

National Thrift Shop Day

Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day with a poem about giving, “Box for the Thrift Shop” by April Halprin Wayland—then talk about point of view and compare it with a poem about FINDING treasures, “Thrift Stories” by Robyn Hood Black.

Picture Book Pairing: The Christmas Coat by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve (or inspire young readers to clean up their rooms and donate treasures with Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship by Marie Kondo)

First Day of School

Celebrate school with “The Very First Day of School” by Deborah Ruddell (in English and Spanish); you can pair it with the poem “To Our Front Office Staff: A Celebration” by Kay Winters from GREAT Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud.

Picture Book Pairing: This School Year Will Be the Best! by Kay Winters