Category: Poems by Guest Poets

25 Aug

THE POETRY FRIDAY POWER BOOKS by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong

Happy book birthday to Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong! Over the past year or so I’ve had the pleasure of being an advance reader for Sylvia and Janet’s new series, A Poetry Friday Power Book. And today the third book in the series, Pet Crazy, is born! The Poetry Friday Power Books are wonderful and […]

26 Aug

“The Dactyl Poem” by Allan Wolf

“The way I see it, there are two kinds of people in the world: PO-folk and No-POs.” Hello, PO-folk! Have you met Allan Wolf? If so: lucky ducks! If not, step right up ’cause we’ve got a show for you! Anyone who has followed this blog for a while knows how I feel about poetry […]

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 […]

08 Apr

Frog Month Special: “Frog and Toad” by J. Patrick Lewis

April is National Frog Month!  Sure, everyone else is celebrating National Poetry Month, but I’ve been informed by J. Patrick Lewis that April is also National Frog Month, so who am I to argue? And to celebrate, Pat sent along his delightful poem “Frog and Toad,” which I am hoppy to present. Look how cute they are! (By […]

26 Oct

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

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 […]

06 Aug

Poetry Is…a Journey, with B.J. Lee

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!

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 […]

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 […]

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