March 21, 2017

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Painting Pictures with Words | Books for National Poetry Month


These recently published poetry offerings will captivate students with their enchanting blend of eloquent words and eye-grabbing images.

How To Plan a Teen Poetry Slam at the Library

Group of teens celebrating the power of the spoken word at the FLP.

Librarian Abbe Klebanoff shares tips and suggestions for organizing a teen poetry slam event during National Poetry Month and beyond.

Rhyme & Reason: Celebrating NCTE’s 2016 Notable Poetry List


Nineteen titles chosen by the National Council of Teachers of English Excellence in Poetry for Children Award Committee.

From the Vault | SLJ’s Poetry Podcast Series


Recovered! After a transition to a new CMS a few years back, we lost some of our multimedia files. Here’s what remains from a trove of readings School Library Journal recorded in 2007 for National Poetry Month.

Fun National Poetry Month Apps and Resources for Teens | Tech Tidbits

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Colorado teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares a curated list of fun (and educational) apps and resources for teens celebrating National Poetry Month.

Ann Burlingame Wins 2015 Sullivan Award; National Poetry Month Contest; Giveaways | SLJTeen News

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A contest and verse giveaway to kick off National Poetry Month; NEH makes The Great Stories Club program possible with $350,000 to ALA; strut your YA stuff at ALA Annual 2016; Ann Burlingame is winner of the 2015 Sullivan Award.

Close Poetry Month with the NYT Poetry in Prose

Close Poetry Month with the NYT Poetry in Prose

If you cling April because it is National Poetry Month, here’s an activity to make the last week a special one.  You can use it to create a spontaneous slam. This week, The New York Times allows you to uncover poetry in prose.  This blackout poetry activity, popularized by writer/artist Austin Kleon, encourages readers to […]

Students Can Participate in Poet-to-Poet Multimedia Project this Month


In honor of National Poetry Month, The Academy of American Poets have launched Poet-to-Poet, a multimedia educational project that invites students in grades 3-12 to write poems in response to those shared by some of the award-winning poets, like Juan Felipe Herrera, Arthur Sze, and Anne Waldeman.

For National Poetry Month, Five Teen Poet Ambassadors Will Present their Works Across the Country


What do Tina Fey and Meryl Streep have in common with 2013 National Student Poets winner Michaela Coplen? For one, they will all be on stage April 24 at NYC’s Lincoln Center at the Poetry & the Creative Mind Gala to celebrate April’s National Poetry Month. Find out more.

Wit and Delight: Jack Prelutsky’s Favorite Poetry Collections


In the fifth and final installment of our series celebrating National Poetry Month, Jack Prelutsky, America’s first children’s poet laureate, offers us five of his top poetry collections for kids.

Rich and Playful Voices: Marilyn Singer’s Favorite Poetry Collections


In our next installment celebrating National Poetry Month, acclaimed and versatile author Marilyn Singer highlights five of her top poetry anthologies for kids.

SLJ Resources for National Poetry Month

Spine poetry

April is National Poetry Month, and SLJ has compiled a list of tools and creative ideas for celebrating. From poetry slam best practices to Common Core curriculum connections, this roundup is chock-full of ways to approach the poetic form with kids all year long.

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and unlike short stories, poetry is one form of literature that I, at least, have never had trouble getting teens interested in.  Every April (except this one–my library is doing some construction) I try to hold at least one poetry event–an open mic, or a poetry slam–and they tend to […]

Visual and Vibrant: Douglas Florian’s Favorite Poetry Collections


In honor of National Poetry Month, acclaimed poet and artist Douglas Florian shares his favorite poetry books for children.

JLG’s On the Radar: Poetry Picks for Elementary Readers

Pug and Other Animal Poems

Whether it’s a class assignment or a novel in verse, poetry expresses our deepest desires and fondest memories. It’s National Poetry Month, and the editors at the Junior Library Guild have selected the following new titles to motivate students to voice their own poetic thoughts.

‘Lovingly-Used’ Poetry: Naomi Shihab Nye’s Favorite Collections for Kids


In honor of National Poetry Month, acclaimed poet Naomi Shihab Nye—whose anthology This Same Sky (Simon & Schuster, 1993) continues to be used in both college and fifth grade classrooms—offers us five of her “very favorite lovingly-used poetry collections.”

The Best Poems for Kids…and Grown-ups, Too


In honor of National Poetry Month, children’s poet laureate J. Patrick Lewis picks his favorite collections for kids.

Poem! Poem!: Everyday exposure to poetry brings joy and learning | Editorial


April is National Poetry Month and a favorite part of this initiative by the Academy of American Poets is Poem in Your Pocket Day, coming April 18. It’s a perfect time to see poetry all around us and reinforce that poetry infuses our lives. How will you be celebrating?

Poetry: It’s in the Details


From haiku to animal poems to riffs on classic tales, this season’s new poetry titles open readers to the world around them—and some exquisite wordplay.

Haiku for Young Readers | Great Books for Poetry Month


In honor of National Poetry Month, School Library Journal shares a variety of books on haiku, a distinctive form of poetry that originated in Japan centuries ago.