Spotlight on NCTE Poets: Marilyn Nelson, with Lee Bennett Hopkins

“I am one of the poets who believe poetry can make something happen, that it does matter.” Welcome to the nineteenth 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 […]

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Spotlight on NCTE Poets: Marilyn Singer, with Lee Bennett Hopkins

“Appreciating poetry starts with hearing it.“ Welcome to the eighteenth 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 […]

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Spotlight on NCTE Poets: Joyce Sidman, with Lee Bennett Hopkins

“Poetry… is a sculpture of words…” Welcome to the seventeenth 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 […]

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Spotlight on NCTE Poets: J. Patrick Lewis, with Lee Bennett Hopkins

“The poem is always more important than the poet.“ Welcome to the sixteenth 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 […]

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

“…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 […]

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

“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 […]

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

“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 […]

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

“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 […]

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

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 […]

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