Poetry Friday – Dictionary for a Better World

I wasn’t going to post for Poetry Friday this week, but look what I got my hands on this afternoon!

It’s Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. On Tuesday, Dr. Kim Haynes Johnson shared her plan for doing a study in August and September and invited others to join in “a time of deep personal book friendship, sharing insights on the words and the response opportunities that the authors create in the book.” Read more here on Kim’s blog, as she has been writing daily posts of introduction. Here is a Padlet page that Kim has created for us to share our blogs and insights.


I decided to order the book based on her blog post. However, now that I’ve seen the book in all its colorful glory, perfect size, and beautiful poems and ideas, I’m all the more excited to join Kim in digging into this beautiful book. Join us, if you would like!

Thanks to Marcie Flinchum Atkins for hosting Poetry Friday today. Read more at her blog about the Sealey Challenge for August.

7 thoughts on “Poetry Friday – Dictionary for a Better World

  1. I left a comment on her blog post about my love for this book and how it inspires me. Enjoy!

  2. One of my students did her own study of this book. It’s a wonderful resource.

    1. Thank you for reaching out about the Padlet! I created one yesterday and embedded it in today’s blog post. I appreciate your steering me in that direction – I love my village of writing friends, and I appreciate all that you do
      to encourage and inspire me.

  3. It really is a most spectacular book. I have a book-club size set in my library for any group of students that wants to see/do more poetry with their friends. I’m so glad you have it. It’s definitely one to own over simply borrowing from the library. Can’t wait to see what flows through you from this gem.

  4. yes! I purchased this book also this summer and am finding it DELICIOUS. I needed the hope and joy it inspires!

  5. Denise, thank you for sharing this! I discover something new each time I open the book – it is indeed a gem, and I can’t wait to start the word journey tomorrow. I appreciate that you shared on Friday ~ because you did, Margaret Simon reached out to ask if we would have a Padlet for sharing resources and each person’s blog post links and other responses (I hope you’ll post this blog link there). This is just one example of what I discuss in my gratitude list today when I list our writing community and the way we all inspire each other. You are so important to me, and I am thrilled to read about all the places the book takes you in the weeks ahead! Hugs!

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