April 30, 2016

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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.

TPiB: MakerSpace Poetry

I love poetry. In fact, I still have all my old high school notebooks full of my very bad angst filled poetry. Occasionally, I still even add a new poem. And since April is National Poetry Month, I wanted to find a way to combine some poetry activities with the new MakerSpace at The Public […]

Marilyn’s great speech

Here’s a link to the speech Marilyn Nelson gave when she won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Carver in 2001. The awards were given in Burlington, Vermont that October, a very fraught time, as you will recall. I remember that Marilyn’s son, then a student at McGill in Montreal, missed the ceremony as he […]

The 2016 Zena Sutherland Lecture with Marilyn Nelson

You should totally come to this. Marilyn Nelson gave one of the best speeches I ever heard on the occasion of her winning the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 2001 for Carver. I hope I see you in Chicago on May 6th.

Spreading the Word: Poets share their love of language during school visits

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Three poets talk about their experiences visiting schools and talking to students about their work.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Review of the Day: When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons By Julie Fogliano Illustrated by Julie Morstad A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) $18.99 ISBN: 9781596438521 Ages 6 and up On shelves now. I don’t think I can adequately stress to you the degree to which I did not want to review this book. […]

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.

Review of the Day: A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen

A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young By Michael Rosen Illustrated by Chris Riddell Candlewick Press $19.99 ISBN: 978076368116 Ages 0-4 On shelves now. Did you know that, generally speaking, Europeans have absolutely no interest in the works of Dr. Seuss? It’s true. For years his works have been untranslatable (though great inroads […]

How Kwame Alexander Gets Teens Reading and Writing Poetry

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What’s love got to do with it? A lot, writes Kwame Alexander, who recommends reading love poems with teens to engage them in reading and creating their own poetry. Also, listen to Alexander read four of his poems aloud.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Marilyn Nelson’s “My Seneca Village” | A Lesson Plan and Discussion Guide

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In a series of stunning poems, Newbery and Coretta Scott King awards honoree Marilyn Nelson introduces readers to My Seneca Village, a multiethnic 19th-century community that thrived on the edge of what today is New York City’s Central Park

Pictures of the Week: Scenes from the Teenquake and Not Your Mother’s Book Club Literary Salon

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The Bay Area monthly book club for teens, Not Your Mother’s Book Club™, in conjunction with Teenquake/Litquake, recently hosted authors Ellen Hopkins, Kristin Elizabeth Clark, and Craig Lew.

Academy of American Poets Debuts “Teach This Poem”

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Teach this Poem is a new weekly email that features a poem along with instructional resources and ideas for activities related to the selection. Educators can sign up now to begin receiving the resource September 2.

Review of the Day: Hypnotize a Tiger by Calef Brown

Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems About Just About Everything By Calef Brown Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-8050-9928-7 For ages 9-12 Why do I do this to myself? Let me tell you something about how I review. Board books? Pshaw. I can take one and write a nine-paragraph review parsing […]

Review of the Day: Beastly Verse by Joohee Yoon

Review of the Day: Beastly Verse by Joohee Yoon

Beastly Verse By Joohee Yoon Enchanted Lion Books $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-59270-166-7 Ages 3 and up On shelves now Poetry. What’s the point? I say this as a woman who simultaneously gets poetry and doesn’t get it. I get that it’s important, of course. I only need to watch my three-year-old daughter come up with an […]

Paul B. Janeczko: On Poetry, Anthologizing, and Shelfies | An Interview

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In Paul B. Janeczko’s latest anthology, 50 poems explore an equal number of objects from Rumi’s “just-finishing” candle to William Carlos Williams’s red wheelbarrow.

Shining a Spotlight On Verse | Professional Shelf

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Two new handbooks remind teachers and librarians that poetry needn’t be relegated to a single unit or a particular time of year.

Lists, Letters, and More: YA Books with Characters Who Write

Lists, Letters, and More: YA Books with Characters Who Write

National Words Matter Week is March 1-7, so it’s the perfect time to set up a display of books featuring characters who write. What are they writing? Well, everything!   The characters in these books write lists, letters, zines, diaries, poetry, even obituaries. As a teen who was obsessed with writing (those are just some […]

Teaching “Black Lives Matter” | SLJ Talks to Educator, Author Renée Watson

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In the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, educator Renée Watson offers advice on how teachers and students can broach recent events.

Late Fall and Early 2015 Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Early Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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A strong finish to the 2014 publishing season with a sprinkling of 2015 titles added to the mix.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Q & A with ‘A Moose Boosh’ Author Eric-Shabazz Larkin

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Just in time for the holidays, SLJ talks to author Eric-Shabazz Larkin about his authorial debut A Moose Boosh, an imaginative collection of poems to do with food, accompanied by lively illustrations.