06 Jun

Spotlight on NCTE Poets: John Ciardi, with Lee Bennett Hopkins

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“The minimum requirement for a good poem is a miracle.“ Welcome to the sixth 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 [...]

16 May

National Endangered Species Day: “Polar Bear” by J. Patrick Lewis

Poems by Guest Poets 16 Comments by Renee M. LaTulippe
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Today Is National Endangered Species Day!  To commemorate the day and raise awareness of one such animal, J. Patrick Lewis sent along his wonderful poem “Polar Bear,” which I am happy to present. The poem prompted me to look into the polar bear situation a bit more. According to PolarBearsInternational.org, there are only “20,000 to [...]

21 Apr

The Progressive Poem 2014 Is Here!

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Happy Poetry Month! For those who don’t know what the Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem is, it is a yearly event conceived and hosted by poet Irene Latham. Each day, the poem travels to a different blog, and the blogger adds his or her line. You never know where the poem will end up, but it’s always [...]

01 Apr

Poetry Month 2014 Shenanigans!

Poetry Month 11 Comments by Renee M. LaTulippe
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Happy Poetry Month! It’s that time of year again, and while I am still on blog hiatus until April 15 — and therefore won’t be doing any big Poetry Month festivities here on NWR — I am dipping my toes into other people’s poetry pools and keeping busy throughout the month. Here’s a quick rundown [...]

07 Feb

Poetry Friday: Announcing The Lyrical Language Lab Online Course (and Giveaway!)

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UPDATE – FEBRUARY 21: THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winner will be announced later today. Thank you for your interest and good luck! I’m back! (Almost.) Hello, friends. Welcome to another Poetry Friday roundup! I’m trying out a thumbnail linky list, so please add your link, image, and short title to the list at [...]

29 Jan

Blog Tour! “Soccer Ball” by Joan Bransfield Graham + Giveaway!

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A sports-loving boy who can’t stop writing poetry? That sounds like a great premise for a book! Gee, I’m surprised no one has written that yet…oh, wait! Someone has! And it’s Joan Bransfield Graham! Joan’s new book came out just yesterday, and I’m pleased to be part of the blog tour for it, which was kicked [...]

17 Jan

Spotlight on NCTE Poets: Eve Merriam, with Lee Bennett Hopkins

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“Don’t be polite. Bite in.“ Welcome to the fifth 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 about preserving [...]

12 Dec

Spotlight on NCTE Poets: Myra Cohn Livingston, with Lee Bennett Hopkins

Spotlight on NCTE Poets: Myra Cohn Livingston

“…the untold mystery of me.“ Welcome to the fourth 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 about preserving [...]

15 Nov

Poetry Friday: Storytime with Iza Trapani and LITTLE MISS MUFFET

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Time for a curds and whey break with Iza Trapani! I virtually met Iza early on in my kidlit travels in January 2012, and she made me feel right at home. In fact, Iza was my second guest on NWR with her poem “Grins and Giggles” and a vintage “snickerview,” which I hope you’ll check [...]

08 Nov

Poetry Friday: Treasures from Julie Larios and Julie Paschkis

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I hadn’t planned a post for today, but last evening two treasures arrived for me and I just couldn’t resist. Look what was in the mail! AND by this talented team: Julie Larios is one of my favorite children’s poets for both the wit and wonder she brings to her work, so I have been [...]