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Josie Whitehead replied to Joyce Valenza's discussion What's new in your September?
"I used to visit the children in my local schools weekly over 4 years.  I know exactly the topics which they like and that which excites them.  I also know what teachers need for the children in their classrooms and since I regularly get…"
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I'm a retired teacher who has written 1,500 new poems for children of every age group (and adults). I am well published by educational publishers, but teachers can find and use my poems by simply Googling: JOSIE'S POEMS. I regularly get between 1000 and 2000 visits per day from 188 countries of the world. These poems I have written at the request of children in my local primary school who wanted poems written with rhyme and rhythm/metre and especially poems with stories in them or pictures in words. I hope you all enjoy my poems and I'd love to make a skype visit to your classroom.


Please contact me if you are interested in a short skype visit to your classroom or library.

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An Autumn Visit

This is one of many many many poems which i've written over the last five years of "retirement" as a teacher.  

Many are in my books or on my website (Google JOSIE'S POEMS) but this one you can use in your classrooms or libraries to read to the children as autumn is well and truly here.  Well it is here in England as my back tells me because I've been picking up many leaves today.  Do let me know if the children enjoy this…


Posted on October 23, 2011 at 10:00am

Achoo Will Catch You

(Well he has caught me because I'm recovering from a cold after a school visit.  I should keep away from such places).






ACHOO WILL CATCH YOU - Josie Whitehead


Everyone’s met Achoo, known as the common cold.

He’s an evil little cold germ who’ll not do as he’s…


Posted on October 2, 2011 at 2:39pm

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At 7:10am on January 26, 2012, Mike McQueen said…

Greetings Josie,

I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!


Mike McQueen

Teacher Librarian at McLain HS

Lakewood, CO

At 3:48am on October 25, 2011, Josie Whitehead said…
Nancy - Thank you for your note.  I do indeed have lots of ingredients which I put into my poetry that can add "flair and colour" and if you go to my website, you will see many poems that have alliteration and assonance, many with similes, metaphors but above all, if you go to the web index, you will see that I have written many articles that teach you a little bit about adding rhyme and rhythm to poetry, but it isn't something you can read once and that is that.  As with being able to play the piano or other instrument, or knowing a waltz from a quickstep, you need to understand the structure of metre (which is very easy) and need a little practice on a regular basis to get into writing using it.  The other thing which is important is using poetry as a performance art:  getting children to get away from reading poetry and learning it and reciting it, throwing the voice without shouting, putting expression into it and linking poetry to the other arts to make a sparkling performance.  I've written a lot on my website about this.  I don't know it I should mention this on this website to others involved with poetry.
At 6:38pm on October 24, 2011, Nancy Brockman said…

Josie- I appreciate your welcome- I do have a busy life right now! What ages are your grands? I am currently working on a poetry project with my fourth-graders in hopes of helping them add some flair and color to their writing, so am interested in hearing that you are a poet. Perhaps we can share ideas...


At 11:47am on August 14, 2010, Tracy Jackson said…
Hello Josie,

Thanks for the welcome. I need some quick advice...if you were a first year librarian and you were a month late starting in your new library position, what would your priorities be as far as getting it organized and running. I almost forgot.....there isn't an automated system either. The only source of information or proof of books there is the card catalog and the accession record. Help......
At 3:26pm on August 2, 2010, Joann Absi said…
Josie, Thank you for the welcome.
At 12:14pm on August 2, 2010, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Josie,

Yes, I think the Virtual Classroom is a great place to share poetry online.

Take a look at what's going on in WiZiQ's public Classrooms.
At 4:55am on August 7, 2009, Lyn Parker said…
Hi Josie Thanks for the welcome. Lyn

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