This time on The Children’s Hour, we partner with our friends at Well Beings Studio to create a show that’s about using poetry to heal, support and express yourself. Creating art with kids impacted by medical trauma, Well Beings Studio brings their students’ work to The Children’s Hour.

This is an hour full of poetry. We’ll hear poems that heal from children and their families who dealing with cancer, hospitalizations, or disability. Included on this show is Kenn Nesbit, former United States Children’s Poet Laureate. We’ll also feature songs from Well Beings Studio’s musical release, Monster In Me.

Learn more about Well Beings Studio by clicking here.

You also hear from Cali Kids, an organization dedicated to supporting kids and families when someone is in the hospital.

Here are a couple of pieces that just didn’t fit into the show, but you should hear anyway.  Susan Anderson speaks about using poetry to help children learn, and recites her poem “Ode, Ode To A Tree”.

We also hear more from Diana Lynn who shares her poem Hero Speaking on our show, but in this segment talks about how drumming is her dear friend she relies on to always be there for her.

You can learn more about poetry at the National Poetry Foundation’s page for kids.

Many thanks to our guests on the program today:

Sharon Frances, Well Beings Studio, Diana Lynn Wallace, Urth Rhythms, Amanda Karach (If I am a girl), Grace Wethor (Dear Cancer), Matthew Rodriguez, Well Beings Studio (Scoops of Joy), Leilana and Gabriela Rigor (reading the poems of Leila, Phoenix, Mason, Ryder, Leon from California Kids Medical Foundation), Cathy Higa, CSUF Children’s Center, Kenn Nesbitt, US Children’s Poet Laureate, Yazin, (Fish Poem), Tessie Herrasti, Expressive Arts Educator.

Pocketful of Poems Playlist

Soy YoBomba EstereoAmanecer02:39 2015 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC
Forever With YouCrowanderUplifting Funband01:15 2019 Crowander
Heartland FlyerBlue Dot SessionsThe Balloonist00:38 2018 Blue Dot Sessions
Color CountryBlue Dot SessionsThe Balloonist00:47 2018 Blue Dot Sessions
PsychicKetsasingle00:302020 Ketsa Reiki Music
Feelings Are Real (feat. Traci Hines)Little Green Monster ProjectMonster in Me - EP02:40 2020 Well Beings Studio
CrystalsXylo-Zikosingle01:032021 Nul Tiel Records
Wrote My Way OutNas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe BlaccThe Hamilton Mixtape01:51 2016 Hamilton Uptown Limited Liability Company under exclusive license to Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.
The Raven's Flight HomeNancee KahlerOpen The Sky00:421987 Nancee Kahler
Stinks To Be A KidThe Children's Hour Radio PlayersICKY: A Pandemic Musical00:21The Children's Hour Inc.
Something Inside (feat. Aneesa Folds & Namarah McCall)Little Green Monster ProjectSomething Inside (feat. Aneesa Folds & Namarah McCall) - Single02:15 2020 Well Beings Studio
Stellar's JayChad CrouchBird Watching: Piano Preludes01:08 2018 Sound of Picture
First SongAndrew BirdWeather Systems04:08 2003 Wegawam Music Co
Slow Slow SkyBlue Dot SessionsFeathers - EP00:29 2015 Blue Dot Sessions
PrayerNimoEmpty Hands01:47 2014 Empty Hands Music
Architect of the SoulAlex GrossStudio 11 Free Beats Volume 100:352021 Alex Gross
Follow the LeaderEric B. & RakimFollow the Leader (Expanded)01:48 2005 Geffen Records
Georgia OverdriveBlue Dot SessionsTruck Stop00:27 2019 Blue Dot Sessions
Monster TruckSugar Free AllstarsSugar Free Allstars00:20 2016 Christopher Grant Wiser
Solstice-Shack-OutShaolin DubSingle00:332021 Shaolin Dub
Black To the FuturePierce FreelonBlack to the Future03:24 2021 Blackspace x Only Us
Young Soul (Instrumental)Secret Agent 23 SkidooInfinity Plus One01:20 2016 Underground Playground
Big Fat FishWalkin' Jim StoltzThe Web of Life00:13 1996 Wild Wind Records
BeachCharity and the JAMbandParty Like a Twinkle Star00:57 2009 Charity Kahn
Laski Come HomeSimon MathewsonSome Silly Songs01:312021 Simon Mathewson
Crazy DaisyChris LigonThe Bottle Let Me Down - Songs for Bumpy Wagon Rides01:45 2002 Bloodshot Records
Los PollitosMariana IranziHola Hello02:05 2013 Mariana Iranzi
Believe in Me (feat. Jocelyn Sarshad)Little Green Monster ProjectBelieve in Me (feat. Jocelyn Sarshad) - Single01:38 2020 Well Beings Studio