April 28, 2017

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Celebrating Dads with Poetry: Hope Anita Smith on “My Daddy Rules the World”

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Award-winning poet Hope Anita Smith discusses her latest collection, My Daddy Rules the World, a joyful tribute to fatherhood.

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Eco-conscious Poetry Books for Earth Day

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Just in time for April, here are two titles that are perfect for both National Poetry Month and Earth Day–related lessons.

4 Poetry Titles to Share with Tweens

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Margarita Engle’s moving exploration of Latinx in U.S. history, Nikki Grimes’s tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, and other works of poetry to share with tweens.

Poetry Picks | New Titles for Young Readers

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Kwame Alexander honors beloved poets; Chris Raschka illustrates Keats; and Marilyn Singer dances the salsa in Feel the Beat.

Kick Off Poetry Month with These YA Titles

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Kwame Alexander, Christine Heppermann, and more.

Tech Tidbits for National Poetry Month

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What better way to celebrate April’s National Poetry Month than to incorporate these wonderful tech tools at teens’ disposal?

Painting Pictures with Words | Books for National Poetry Month

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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