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July 25, 2014

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National Poetry Month – A Month Late

National Poetry Month – A Month Late

I usually try to get up at least a post or two about poetry during April, which is National Poetry Month. But somehow it completely slipped my mind this year. So, here we have, a month late (or four months late, considering they were both published in January), reviews of two wonderful new poetry collections [...]

Review of the Day: A Pond Full of Ink by Annie M.G. Schmidt

Review of the Day: A Pond Full of Ink by Annie M.G. Schmidt

A Pond Full of Ink By Annie M.G. Schmidt Illustrated by Sieb Posthuma Translated by David Colmer Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5433-9 Ages 7 and up On shelves now International children’s authors are great. They’re just not particularly well known in America. There are various reasons for this. Some of it has [...]

Who Said Poetry Month Is Over? | Touch and Go

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While National Poetry Month may be officially over, interest in great poems well delivered, never wanes. In this column we look at three very different digital anthologies that include verse. To quote the editors of one collection, we have poets “ancient and modern, fusty and frisky, famous and forgotten,” and to that we might add, a few rising stars.

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.

Poetry Audiobooks | Listen In

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In honor of National Poetry Month, poetry audiobooks for every age

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Introducing Students to NCTE’s Notable Poetry Titles

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The National Council of Teachers of English presents its annual list of notable poetry titles and offers suggestions for using them across the curriculum.

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Review of the Day – Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Review of the Day – Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems Selected by Paul B. Janeczko Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4842-8 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Is reviewing works of poetry essentially a ridiculous thing to attempt? I’m not trying to be facetious or anything, I honestly want to know. It took me a [...]

Poems to Launch the Imagination

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Prepare for National Poetry Month in April with new poetry titles by some favorite authors. Whether inspecting fireflies or taking flights of fancy, the selections in these books will spark young readers’ imaginations and inspire contemplation.

Through a Child’s Eyes | A Conversation with Marilyn Nelson

How I Discovered Poetry

In unrhymed sonnets, the acclaimed poet Marilyn Nelson traces her early years from age four to 14, describing her family’s many moves, her growing self-awareness, and her awakening as a poet.

Review of the Day: Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth

Review of the Day: Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth

Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons By Jon J. Muth Scholastic $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-16668-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 25th I have a colleague who is mighty careful when regarding haiku. She’s Japanese-American herself, and one thing she simply cannot stand is when someone takes a set of words, slaps them into five/seven/five syllable lines, [...]

Poetry

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Today we introduce two books — one poetry collection, one book about writing poetry, both excellent additions to high school or public library teen collections. And a third to mention. One of the events I attended at ALA Midwinter last month was the RUSA Book & Media Awards, which includes many wonderful lists. (My favorite [...]

Review of the Day: When Thunder Comes by J. Patrick Lewis

Review of the Day: When Thunder Comes by J. Patrick Lewis

When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders By J. Patrick Lewis Illustrated by Jim Burke, R. Gregory Christie, Tonya Engel, John Parra, and Meilo So Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-0119-4 Ages 10 and up On shelves now Poetry is of the people by its very definition. Though sometimes considered the property of the elite [...]

Review: Hideous Love

Review: Hideous Love

Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Stephanie Hemphill. Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins. 2013. Reviewed from ARC. The Plot: The story of Mary Godwin Shelley, the woman who wrote Frankenstein. The Good: I have always loved the story of Mary Shelley. To be honest, more than I love [...]

National Book Awards

Monday was the big day for the National Book Awards in the YA and Children’s worlds, with the announcement of the longlist for the award for Young People’s Literature.  But we here at Adult Books 4 Teens had to wait through the week for the other three longlists to be announced: Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction. [...]

Poetry Roundup

Well, it’s taken me four and a half months, but I’ve finally managed to get together another post on poetry. I’m very excited about all four of the books we have for you today.  Mei-mei Berssengbrugge and Gregory Orr are the same age (born 1947) and are both seasoned hands, with many poetry collections and [...]

Review of the Day: God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant

God Got a Dog By Cynthia Rylant By Marla Frazee Beach Lane Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-6518-3 Ages 9 and up On shelves October 29th I’ve been thinking a lot lately about whom children’s books are really for. Kids, obviously. And parents that will have to (hopefully, potentially) read those [...]

Review of the Day: Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents by Marilyn Singer

Rutherford B., Who Was He? Poems About Our Presidents By Marilyn Singer Illustrated by John Hendrix Hyperion Books for Children $17.99 ISBN: 978-142317100-3 Ages 7 and up On shelves December 17th There is a brief moment of doubt when you first cast eyes upon the title of this book. It’s partly the design of the [...]

Reveling in Rhyme | Touch and Go

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Two delightful new apps that introduce the joys of poetry will have listeners of all ages reciting odes to the seasons and some well-known verses.

Poetry Slam: There will be poems (& art & Springfield flavor)

After our first/last highly successful poetry slam, demand grew for us to schedule a second event before the school year ended.  And last week we did. Although I worried that final projects, prom, graduation, finals, etc. would get in the way, the kiddos from my dear Literary Mag, Gay Straight Alliance, Book Club and Gallery [...]