Thank you, Brod Bagert, for two poetry-filled days of laughter and learning in Rankin County, MS! The children and teachers of Pelahatchie Elementary and Rouse Elementary are forever “poetry lovers!” PreK-6th grade Pelahatchie students were honored to crown you the King of Poetry, taste “Booger” candy with you at lunch and surprise you with a first edition of your very first book, IF ONLY I COULD FLY! The Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes of Rouse Elementary could hardly wait for you to see the hall of Giant Children they painted to welcome you! They could hardly wait to see you perform their all time favorite poem, BOOGER LOVE! Thank you for taking the time to sign books and poetry down the halls. Thank you for teaching students and teachers alike during your performance. Thank you for bringing poetry to life. Thank you for the joy and happiness your poems enrich our lives with! You truly are the King of Poetry!!
Kaye Sowell / Retired Teacher / Brandon, MS
Thank you so much for your visit to our school! It was phenomenal! All of my students were so engaged and when we came back to our classroom, all they could talk and wanted to talk about was poetry. Thank you for bringing your own writer’s experience to our students. I had three students tell me they would not be afraid to write their very worst anymore. It meant a lot to me when an author like you was humble enough to express how hard it can be to write, and it brings life down to earth to the children when it comes to how to handle your dreams.
Peter Zimeri / Third Grade Teacher / Katy, TX
My students watched Brod go through the process of creating an original work. His thinking about his thinking, the revisions, and the connections to real-life events are the themes he used to help my students understand brainstorming, pre-writing, first draft, revision and final draft, all connected, all in one class, all in one period. He broke the old five-day writing process and turned it into a seamless, integrated student lead art form. My students became writers and artists in one day.
Don Doggett / Principal / Beaufort, SC
When my two grandsons got in the car after school, the first thing they spoke of was the great time they had with poet Brod. They remembered the poems and they recited several by heart. They got the message about writing and rewriting, courage in the face of fear, and using facial expressions in oral recitation. They thought he was very, very funny.
Kathleen Casey / Grandmother and School Volunteer / Malone, NY
I just had to email you to let you know that Brod was at my school yesterday and he was FANTASTIC!!! I can honestly say that he has been the best visiting author I have had in my 19 years of librarianship. He was like the Energizer Bunny constantly performing for the children! They loved him! I would recommend his program to anyone.
Kathy Miller / Librarian / Enola, PA
“I am once again as giddy as a school girl with brand new markers and fresh sheets of notebook paper because these poems ROCK! God has given you such a great gift and I can only thank you for sharing it!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are helping LOTS of kiddos enjoy class!!!!”
Christina Hiracheta / Science Teacher / Taft, TX
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