Category: Interviews

25 Oct

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 […]

12 Aug

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 […]

29 Jan

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 […]

30 Oct

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 […]

28 Aug

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 […]

23 Jul

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 […]

12 Jun

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

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

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 […]

17 Apr

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

“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 […]

10 Apr

Verse Novels: WORDS WITH WINGS by Nikki Grimes

“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 […]

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