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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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 […]

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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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