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Writing Prompt for Kids & Teens #46 – Melody Gardot

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I’ve been listening to the “French Cafe” station on Pandora lately and found this talented musician. These are very relaxing songs for writing.

Melody Gardot

“Baby, I’m a Fool” by Melody Gardot


“Worrisome Heart” by Melody Gardot


Writing Prompt for Kids & Teens #44 – Happiness

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Today I’m especially happy. So here is one prompt to get you writing a positive poem. (I know this video is kind of bizarre. Don’t judge me. It’s a really great song.)

“Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine

Photo from largela.com
Photo from largela.com

Writing Prompt for Kids & Teens #43 – More Poetry Recordings

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My last set of writing prompts were two poetry readings done by Dame Judi Dench and Jeremy Irons. This set are done by Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Hiddleston (yes, “Loki” from the Marvel series of movies: Thor, The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World).

There is an awesome new app for poetry lovers of all ages called iF Poems. You can find it on the Apple app store for only $0.99. I love it because it has poems grouped by either poets, age ranges or topics. There is a feature to record yourself reading the poems or you can listen to recordings by several actors: Helena Bonham Carter, Billy Nighy, Harry Enfield and Tom Hiddleston. I highly recommend the app for parents, kids, teens, teachers or any poetry lover. It’s fantastic.

For now, please enjoy these two readings:

“The Duck and the Kangaroo” by Edward Lear, read by Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Hiddleston

Photo from ifpoems.com
Photo from ifpoems.com

“Us Two” by A.A. Milne, ready by Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Hiddleston

Writing Prompt for Kids & Teens #35

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A BLAST from the PAST!  As a kid, I loved listening to the music that my mom enjoyed when she was growing up.  That meant that I got to know a lot of music from the 50’s and 60’s.  I was thinking about all of those songs that made us dance in the car or in the house, or almost wherever we heard it.  So here are a few links to old songs to use while you’re writing.


“Come Go With Me” by the Del-Vikings (Photo from http://www.bsnpubs.com)


“I Can’t Get Next to You” by The Temptations (Photo from en.wikipedia.org)


“La Bomba” by Ritchie Valens (Photo from http://www.biography.com)


“Barbara Ann” by the Beach Boys (Photo from http://www.last.fm)


mmm…I have to throw this one from the 70’s in for good measure. I never liked this song until my best friend told me about how she and her sister-in-law tormented her brother by singing along to it when it came on the radio one day.  I immediately began to love it and still do, only because of the story:

“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire (Photo from http://www.ohm1.com)

Ok everyone, have fun!