Celebrating with Poetry Snapshots

How do we mark milestones throughout the year? With photographs, when possible—but what about those moments that a camera can't capture? A poem is a verbal snapshot, words that freeze and share an experience. Poems can provide social connection, while building language skill, memory and empathy. In this webinar, we’ll model the use of poetry for celebrating more 150 holidays and occasions throughout the year (from Poem in Your Pocket Day to National Pet Week to Juneteenth to International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day to World Bread Day), along with instructional strategies, cross-curricular connections, diversity dynamics, and collection development and programming tips. Led by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, we’ll weave together educator and poet perspectives and start a poetry celebration that can last all year long.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will become familiar with resources for sharing and promoting poetry with children and families to celebrate significant days throughout the calendar year, including traditional holidays, childhood landmarks, historical events, and diverse cultures.
  • Participants will be engaged in strategies for using poetry to celebrate occasions, events, and accomplishments with children and families of diverse backgrounds.
  • Participants will learn specific methods for promoting literacy learning and cross-curricular connections for children developing language and content knowledge.

Who Should Attend

Children’s and young adult librarians in public libraries and schools; library paraprofessional and support staff who are working with students, parents and teachers.


Sylvia Vardell is Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She has published extensively, including five books on literature for children and over 100 journal articles. Her current work focuses on poetry for children, including a regular blog, PoetryforChildren. She is also the regular “Everyday Poetry” columnist for ALA’s BookLinks magazine and the 2014 recipient of the ALA Scholastic Library Publishing Award.
Janet Wong is a graduate of Yale Law School and former lawyer who switched careers and became a children’s poet. Her dramatic career change has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN’s Paula Zahn Show, and Radical Sabbatical. She is the author of 30 books for children and teens on a wide variety of subjects, including writing and revision, dumpster diving, diversity, and chess.
Together, Vardell and Wong are the creative forces behind The Poetry Friday Anthology series, launched in 2012 and adopted by hundreds of school districts nationwide.



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