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 [...]

24 Apr

What Is Poetry Friday?

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Welcome… to the Poetry Friday roundup! I’m doing a self-service linky list today, so please add your link and description to the list at the end of the post. Dear poetry bloggers, Over the past year I have received several inquiries from interested poetry lovers who aren’t really sure what Poetry Friday is or even [...]

17 Apr

Spotlight on NCTE Poets: Eloise Greenfield, with Lee Bennett Hopkins

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“We inhale its strength and are grateful.“ Welcome to the eleventh 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 [...]

14 Apr

The Progressive Poem 2015 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 [...]

10 Apr

Verse Novels: WORDS WITH WINGS by Nikki Grimes

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“Say ‘fly,’ and I go back to the first daydream that saved me.” -Gabby in Words with Wings A couple of years ago, I “discovered” verse novels and fell headlong into a love affair that is still going strong. One of the first novels in verse I read was Words with Wings by Coretta Scott King [...]

03 Apr

Spotlight on NCTE Poets: Barbara Juster Esbensen, with Lee Bennett Hopkins

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“A poem is merely a dance of breath that has learned to fly.“ Welcome to the tenth 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 [...]

13 Feb

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science Poet-a-Palooza!

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WELCOME TO THE THIRD EDITION OF THE NO WATER RIVER POET-A-PALOOZA! featuring the prolific producers and some poetry stars of STRAP ON YOUR GOGGLES and snap on your gloves, cuz here come some poems you’re just gonna loves!  You may have noticed that my blogging has been spotty for a long while now, which means I’ve been [...]

16 Jan

Spotlight on NCTE Poets: Valerie Worth, with Lee Bennett Hopkins

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“When I turned to writing, I tried to create what I wanted when I was a child– poetry that would reach more deeply into the world I saw around me.“ Welcome to the ninth episode of SPOTLIGHT ON NCTE POETS! The videos in this series with Lee Bennett Hopkins are brief and personal looks at all the [...]

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