29 Jan

Spotlight on NCTE Poets: Lee Bennett Hopkins, with Sylvia Vardell

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“…it is the stuff of all existence.”  Welcome to the fifteenth episode of SPOTLIGHT ON NCTE POETS! The videos in this series with Lee Bennett Hopkins are brief and personal looks at all the recipients of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. This series isn’t about analyzing the poets and their work, but rather […]

30 Oct

Spotlight on NCTE Poets: Nikki Grimes, with Lee Bennett Hopkins

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“That just goes to show  it pays to listen to your own heart.“ Welcome to the fourteenth episode of SPOTLIGHT ON NCTE POETS! The videos in this series with Lee Bennett Hopkins are brief and personal looks at all the recipients of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. This series isn’t about analyzing the poets […]

26 Oct

Halloween 2015: “Midnight Meeting” by David L. Harrison and The Resident Ghoul

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BLA BLA! It’s that time of year again, when kiddies of all ages, but especially non-calendar-reading five-year-olds, pester the living daylights out of their parents with the incessant question “Is it Halloween yet?” and zombie writers enter Susanna Hill’s Halloweensie contest. The guidelines this year are: no more than 100 words the words costume, dark, and haunt must appear […]

28 Aug

Spotlight on NCTE Poets: Mary Ann Hoberman, with Lee Bennett Hopkins

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“I think of language as a vast treasury…“ Welcome to the thirteenth episode of SPOTLIGHT ON NCTE POETS! The videos in this series with Lee Bennett Hopkins are brief and personal looks at all the recipients of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. This series isn’t about analyzing the poets and their work, but […]

14 Aug

There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight, by Penny Parker Klostermann

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THIS JUST IN: BOOK GIVEAWAY AT END OF POST! Oh, sure, it’s nice to get a new book in the mail, especially if it’s written by a good friend like Penny Parker Klostermann. Unfortunately, this particular book… …comes with an incorrigible dragon, who proceeded to JUMP off the page and cause a ruckus around here. The […]

06 Aug

Poetry Is…a Journey, with B.J. Lee

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At long last, I’m so pleased to present the fourth installment of the “Poetry Is…” series! This series is an occasional feature written by a guest poster who may or may not have anything to do with the world of kidlit on a professional basis, but who has some sort of special relationship with and story […]

04 Aug

The DEAR TOMATO Poet-a-Palooza!

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WELCOME TO ANOTHER NO WATER RIVER POET-A-PALOOZA! featuring some poetry stars of Back in 2012, we had a poet-a-palooza for the anthology of sports poems And the Crowd Goes Wild, edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer. And now…Carol-Ann’s back! This time she’s bringing us a smorgasbord of food poems to munch and savor, so […]

23 Jul

Spotlight on NCTE Poets: X.J. Kennedy, with Lee Bennett Hopkins

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“One winter night in August, while the larks sang in their eggs…“ Welcome to the twelfth episode of SPOTLIGHT ON NCTE POETS! The videos in this series with Lee Bennett Hopkins are brief and personal looks at all the recipients of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. This series isn’t about analyzing the poets […]

12 Jun

Children’s Poem “Nobody’s Pet” by Deborah Ruddell

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Today we add the 100th video to the No Water River library!  And doing the honors for us is the lovely and ever-delightful poet … Deborah Ruddell! WHOO! I feel like I should send her a lifetime’s supply of Turtle Wax or a new dinette set! I am thrilled to see the video library grow […]

22 May

Poetry Picture Book: “How to Draw a Dragon” by Douglas Florian

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Yay! Hooray! It’s Douglas Florian Day! While researching this post, I came across an interview in which the interviewer asks poet and artist Douglas Florian where he begins a new project, and Douglas says “Duluth.” Now, you see — that’s exactly what I like about Douglas. He’s a wry guy! He’s a whimsical guy! Look, here […]