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 […]

Posted on August 25, 2017 Read More »

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 […]

Posted on April 29, 2017 Read More »

The Progressive Poem 2017 Is Here!

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 […]

Posted on April 26, 2017 Read More »

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 […]

Posted on October 25, 2016 Read More »

“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 […]

Posted on August 26, 2016 Read More »

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 […]

Posted on August 12, 2016 Read More »

A MORNING WITH GRANDPA by Sylvia Liu + Giveaway!

UPDATE: GIVEAWAY WINNER Congratulations to PATRICIA NOZELL! You’ve won a shiny new copy of A Morning with Grandpa! Once upon a time… in a Facebook critique group far, far away, there wrote and drew a talented, poetic girl named Sylvia Liu.  Now, this writer/artist wasn’t just any ordinary writer/artist. This girl had poetry in her soul and she […]

Posted on May 13, 2016 Read More »

The Progressive Poem 2016 Is Here!

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 […]

Posted on April 26, 2016 Read More »

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 […]

Posted on April 8, 2016 Read More »

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 […]

Posted on January 29, 2016 Read More »

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