Saturday, February 23, 2019

Remembering Paul B. Janeczko

Teacher, poet, and anthologist Paul B. Janeczko has passed away. Such a loss; such a significant contribution to the world of literature for young people. I would like to take a moment to celebrate his significant and influential work. He is one of the first people to champion poetry in terms of it's appeal and value to young readers, as well as to provide guidance in the teaching and sharing of poetry with young people. He paved the way for all of us who think of poetry in terms of guiding young people to enjoy and embrace it. Including ME! I first encountered his work when I, myself, was a sixth grade teacher. (He started as a teacher too.) I found the choices he made and the formats he provided so helpful and appealing and my respect for him and his work has grown over the years. What a life well lived; what a huge contribution to all of us who love poetry and look for engaging and creative ways to introduce young readers to the genre we love so much. Here's just a sampling of the depth and breadth of his work. There are MANY others! 

I first encountered Paul's work in poetry collections that included comments or auto biographical bits from poets themselves along with the poems. Like these:
Janeczko, Paul B. 1983. Poetspeak: In Their Work, About Their Work: A Selection. New York: Atheneum.
Janeczko, Paul B. Ed. 1990. The Place My Words are Looking for. New York: Bradbury.
Janeczko, Paul B. Ed. 2002. Seeing the Blue Between: Advice and Inspiration for Young Poets. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.

Then later, he focused on poetry teaching with engaging picture book collections illustrated by Chris Raschka:
Janeczko, Paul B. Ed. 2001. A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems. Somerville, MA:   Candlewick.
Janeczko, Paul B. Ed. 2005. A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
Janeczko, Paul. B. Ed. 2009. A Foot in the Mouth; Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout. Ill. by Chris Raschka. Somerville, MA: Candlewick. 
Janeczko, Paul B. Ed. 2014. Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems. Ill. by Melissa Sweet. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.Janeczko, Paul B. Ed. 2015. The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects. Ill. by Chris Raschka. Somerville, MA: Candlewick. 

Plus he created books centered on poetry form:
Janeczko, Paul B. Ed. 1988. The Music of What Happens: Poems that Tell Stories. New York: Orchard.Janeczko, Paul B. Ed. 2000. Stone Bench in an Empty Park. New York: Orchard. (haiku)
Janeczko, Paul B. Ed. 2001. Dirty Laundry Pile. Poems in Different Voices. New York: HarperCollins.
Janeczko, Paul B. Ed. 2007. Hey, You! Poems to Skyscrapers, Mosquitoes, and Other Fun Things. New York: HarperCollins. (poems of address)

He created thematic collections too, of course:
Janeczko, Paul B. 1999. Very Best (Almost Friends): Poems of Friendship. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
Janeczko, Paul B. Ed. 2004. Blushing: expressions of love in poems & letters. New York: Orchard Books. 

There are also several books of poetry by Janeczko himself:
Janeczko, Paul B. 1998. That Sweet Diamond: Baseball Poems. New York: Atheneum.
Janeczko, Paul B. 1993. Stardust Hotel. New York: Orchard.

And amazing, powerful novels in verse written by him alone:
Janeczko, Paul B. 2004. Worlds Afire. Somerville, MA: Candlewick. 
Janeczko, Paul B. 2011. Requiem; Poems of the Terezín Ghetto. Candlewick. 

Plus nonfiction books about poetry helpful to teachers and students alike:
Janeczko, Paul B. 1994. Poetry from A to Z: A Guide for Young Writers. New York: Bradbury.
Janeczko, Paul B. 2011. Poetry Reading in the Middle Grades. Heinemann.

And he collaborated with other poets on dual-authored books, like: 
Lewis, J. Patrick and Janeczko, Paul B. 2006. Wing Nuts: Screwy Haiku. New York: Little, Brown.
Nye, Naomi Shihab, and Paul Janeczko eds. 1996. I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You: A Book of His and Her Poems Collected in Pairs. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Plus, he authored many works of "straight" nonfiction he created like Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Cyphers, and Secret Writing, among others. He has a lifetime of major contributions to poetry-- with two new books out this year. Look for The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and other How-To Poems which debuts next month! He will be awarded the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry in November-- a lovely recognition of his life's work. Personally, I owe Paul a major debt of gratitude for paving the way for anthologies of poetry that include a teaching component-- a focus of my own work with Janet Wong and our Poetry Friday anthologies. Goodbye, Paul, and thank you for the many, beautiful gifts you left us. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Cybils 2018: And the winner is...

The Cybils Awards (The Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards) aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.

The Cybils Award winners for books published in 2018 (and the last quarter of 2017) have been announced! But first, some background... 48 poetry books were nominated last fall and then 7 poetry books were selected for the shortlist in December by a committee of judges. The books they selected for the shortlist in the poetry category included: 

Can I Touch Your Hair? by Irene Latham and Charles Waters (Carolrhoda Books)

H Is For Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z by Sydell Rosenberg (Penny Candy)

In the Past: From Trilobites to Dinosaurs by David Elliott (Candlewick Press)

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)

Mary's Monster: Love, Madness by Lita Judge (Roaring Brook Press)

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)

Traveling the Blue Road: Poems of the Sea edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins (Seagrass Press)

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)

Each of these books was obviously beautifully written and innovative in it's own way. I was lucky enough to serve as a Round 2 judge and we had a heckuva time comparing these "apples and oranges" with anthologies, poetry, picture books, and novels in verse among these finalists. But our charge was to close only ONE book. 

In the end, the winning book is... Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.

Here's the blurb our committee wrote for this winning book:

LONG WAY DOWN is a tour de force work of poetry. The entire novel in verse takes place on an elevator ride as a young man whose brother has been shot and killed descends to avenge his murder. Along the way, he is visited by the ghosts of those he has lost, the elevator filling with smoke as each enters to question, chide, taunt, and harangue him. This masterful narrative structure and the claustrophobic setting in that metal box filled with smoke, ghosts, and words create a gripping tension and kinetic energy that make LONG WAY DOWN nearly impossible to put down. Jason Reynolds’s spare, lyrical language and gorgeous, mesmerizing imagery stay with you and compel re-reading and discussion. This novel in verse makes maximum use of the format, using the poem placement, the background art, and the free verse poems themselves all working in harmony. Reynolds varies his approach to the poems to keep the tension high, repeating references, using anthropomorphism, and incorporating anagrams that startle, like a pause for a breath. His use of poetic language is vivid and powerful including: “how do you hug what’s haunting you?”, “another piece of me, an extra vertebra, some more backbone”, “headlock that felt like a hug”, and “pushing the pistol under my pillow like a lost tooth.” The questions this book raises about the cycle of violence and the responses it evokes also make LONG WAY DOWN a natural for discussion with young readers themselves.

You can find more about ALL the winners in all the categories here.

As it happens, our Round 2 Poetry Committee Chair, Jone, is rounding up all the Poetry Friday posts and I just noticed her post is a lot like mine (oops, surprise, surprise), but that's OK. Poetry deserves all the promotion it can get, right? Go link up with all the wonderful Poetry Friday people at Jone's blog, Check it Out, right now!

Friday, January 25, 2019

500 Reasons to Explore Poetry Anthologies

 I wrote an article on the resurgence of poetry anthologies for ALA's BOOK LINKS magazine that is out this month, "500 Reasons to Explore Poetry Anthologies." As I worked on it late last year, I was stunned to see how many poets are included in the 10 anthologies that I featured-- over 500! And I was thrilled to see how diverse these collections are, too. You'll find the whole piece online here and some key nuggets below. Hooray for poetry anthologies! It's the best way to introduce young people to MANY poets and a wonderful way for NEW poets to get their work out into the world! 


500 Reasons to Explore Poetry Anthologies
By Sylvia Vardell

If you were to spend approximately $100 and order the ten poetry anthologies featured here, you would have access to 500 different poets who write for young people. 500! Who knew there were so many classic and contemporary poets to seek out and savor? The recent resurgence of the poetry anthology has provided a valuable resource for celebrating diversity in literature. In these ten current poetry collections, the editors have actively sought out many new poets to offer new perspectives on a variety of themes and topics. It’s also interesting to see the diverse forms that these anthologies can take: blending poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and providing cross-genre connections so important for teaching, maximizing the picture book format with illustrations that can inspire each poet or provide a unifying theme for the poetry, or eschewing art and illustrations to focus on poetry exclusively. Many of these outstanding new collections are the creations of new or small presses taking risks to reach poetry readers. And many new voices make their first appearance in a poetry collection or anthology. In sharing these poetry anthologies, we can provide opportunities to meet new writers, new poetic forms and styles, and new ways to approach themes and topics and perhaps inspire young readers to create their own collections of favorite poems. 

PICTURE BOOK ANTHOLOGY
World Make Way
Master anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins has a Guinness Book World Record for the number of poetry collections over the years—more than 100! One of his most recent books is a picture book collection of poetry inspired by 18 works of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The eighteen participating poets features a variety of established names including Marilyn Singer, Alma Flor Ada, Carole Boston Weatherford, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Cynthia Cotten, Julie Fogliano, Charles Ghigna, Joan Bransfield Graham, Irene Latham, J. Patrick Lewis, Elaine Magliaro, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ann Whitford Paul, Janet Wong, and Hopkins himself.  The art pieces are a diverse set of powerful paintings, engravings, scrolls, manuscript folios and woodblock prints from around the world. The beautiful layout of the book features each artwork and its companion poem in a large double-page spread in full color. It’s a mini-museum in 48 pages. Some of my favorites are:
  • “Ti-ki-ri, ti-ki-ri,ti-ki-ri, ti-ki-ri-, tas!”, a chant-like poem by Guadalupe Garcia McCall, accompanying “Skeletons as artisans” by Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada
  • “Studio” by Marilyn Nelson, an inspiring poem that captures the backstory in Kerry James Marshall’s painting of his first encountering a black artist’s workshop 
  • “It’s All Magic” by Naomi Shihab Nye, a poem that asks, “What time is it? / Time to be kinder”, alongside a folio from an ancient Syrian manuscript depicting elephants in a fantastical device 
  • “Cat Watching a Spider” by Julie Fogliano, full of unexpected rhyme and alliteration, paired with a Japanese silk painting, “Cat Watching a Spider” by Ōide Tōkō

COMPREHENSIVE ANTHOLOGIES
The Poetry of US
As the subtitle for this book indicates, you’ll find more than 200 poems in this gorgeous, glossy book of poetry that captures some of the cultural diversity of the people and places across our country. Some 143 poets contribute powerful poems organized in geographic categories from east to west across the US: New England, Mid-Atlantic, the Southeast, the Midwest, the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountain West, the Pacific Coast, and U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). More than a hundred contemporary poets are the primary authors, but classic selections are also included by poets like Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, and Walt Whitman. There are even poems in Spanish, Arabic, and Korean with translations provided in English. And of course, the beautiful, dynamic full-color photographs from the archives of National Geographic Magazine complement the poetry beautifully and are fantastic for browsing, studying, and celebrating. Some of my favorite poems in this comprehensive anthology include: 

  • “Hmongtown” by Bryan Thao Worra, observations on culture through foods and family
  • “The Arabic Numbers in America” by Ibtisam Barakat, how numbers can reveal cultural roots
  • “Give-Away” by George Ella Lyon, books and homes and homelessness
  • “Ella” by Mariel Bede, a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Sing a Song of Seasons
For an “old-school” 333-page massive anthology with a poem for every single day of the year, don’t miss Sing a Song of Seasons edited by Fiona Waters and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon. It is packed with 366 nature-themed poems by 186 classic and contemporary poets from “A” (John Agard) to “Z” (Benjamin Zephaniah) who are primarily British, but also hail from the U.S., India, Africa, China, and elsewhere. It is organized by months of the year, January through December, with a poem numbered for each date each month. Vibrant full-color illustrations in mixed media provide continuity as scenes featuring different animals in rural and urban settings are matched with appropriate poems. Here are a handful of my favorite poems:
  • For January 11: “Winter Days” by Gareth Owen with its staccato two and three-word lines describing winter
  • For March 18: “Crows” by David MCord with multiple irresistible stanzas beginning “I like…”
  • For May 2: “How Without Arms” by JonArno Lawson personifying the sun as having arms, knees, and eyes
  • For September 28: “Poemology” by Anselm Hollo comparing “an apple a day” to “a poem a day” with humorous results

BLENDED ANTHOLOGIES 
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices
Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson conceived of their book, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise our Voices as a “treasury” for troubling times to “offer young readers words of love, support, encouragement, and hope in today’s toxic and divisive political environment.” This unique anthology is half poetry and half stories, songs, and letters and all illustrated by a variety of talented artists using different styles and media. Some poems are provided by authors more known for fiction (like Sharon Draper) or for nonfiction (like Tonya Bolden) and others are by well-known poets (like Margarita Engle). Other featured poetry contributors include Kwame Alexander, Joseph Bruchac, Lesa Cline-Ransome, Kelly Starling Lyons, Carole Boston Weatherford, Marilyn Nelson, Arnold Adoff, Pat Cummings, Tameka Fryer Brown, Jabari Asim, Curtis Hudson, Zetta Elliot, Jason Reynolds, and Wade Hudson himself. This unique combination of prose, poetry, and art makes each genre stand out as you turn the page and encounter a new voice. Some of my favorite poems in this collection are:
  • “I Wonder” by Margarita Engle, a look at the seeds of the future
  • “A Day of Small Things” by Tonya Bolden, how small acts of kindness make a difference
  • “You Can Do It” by Jabari Asim, a rhythmic cheer of encouragement
  • “A Talkin’-To” by Jason Reynolds, honoring young fears with caution that turns to hope 
Disconnected
In this innovative anthology appropriate for adults and YA, poetry is paired with short stories all written by diverse, contemporary poets interacting with one another including Amanda Lovelace, Canisia Lubrin, Cyrus Parker, Iain S. Thomas, Liam Ryan, Nikita Gill, R.H. Swaney, Sara Bond, Trista Mateer, and Yena Sharma Purmasir.  Poets connect with each other, poetry connects with short fiction, and poets connect with readers. For this project, ten poets were invited to submit three poems each. These three poems were assigned to a fellow poet who would choose one of these poems to write a short story based on it and were encouraged to incorporate a line or two from the poem into their story. These ten confessional poets are active in sharing their poetry on social media and their Twitter and Instagram handles are even included in their bios at the back of the book. In this volume, each pair of poem plus short story is also accompanied by a black and white sketch created by one of the poets, adding a visual dimension to the works. My favorite pair of poem and story is:
  • “Things That Aren’t True” by Yena Sharma Purmasir
Connected to the story
  • “Driving with Strangers” by Iain S. Thomas
This powerful poem-story combination hinges on questions of identity and family and who we are when we have no family or our family members are gone. The next book, [Dis]Connected: Volume 2, will be published in the fall of 2019 and features a whole new crop of poets. 

POETRY FOR YA
Imperfect: Poems About Mistakes
This slim volume packs a lot of punch with 70 poems by 55 different poets including many new poets such as Linda Kulp Trout, Catherine Flynn, and Robert Schechter, alongside a handful by classic poets like Carl Sandburg, Kobayashi Issa, and Antonio Machado. There are even a handful of  poems written by young people themselves (in 6th and 7th grade). The focus on making mistakes of all kinds is the “perfect” focus for an anthology aimed at tweens and teens and the poets approach the topic from both serious and silly points of view.  Extra resources at the back of the book offer helpful advice for the young reader including  “Making Good Decisions: Brainstorming for Future You” with very practical tips, “Apologizing Effectively” with step-by-step guidance on making sincere apologies, and “Poem Forms You Can Try” with options for poetry writing including acrostic, diamante, double dactyl, and poems for two voices. A lively blog dedicated to the book (MistakesAnthology.Blogspot.com) continues to offer insights and quotes, along with links to each of the poets with more poems to enjoy. Some of my favorite poems in this engaging collection include:
  • “Apology” by Robert Schechter, with a multitude of synonyms for “mistake”
  • “A Note from the Architect” by Mary Lee Hahn, a spin on creating the leaning Tower of Pisa
  • “Sea Hunt” by Steven K. Smith, a narrative poem about discovering one’s passion
  • “Stolen” by Elizabeth Steinglass, a look at how shoplifting might make you feel
New Poets of Native Nations
New Poets of Native Nations is a new anthology of poetry for adults, but it’s such a seminal work introducing new voices, it is worth sharing with middle grade readers and young adults, too. Editor Heid E. Erdrich is Ojibwe and an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. She has gathered the works of twenty-one poets first published in the twenty-first century—cutting-edge writers who do not identify as “Native American” only, but are a diverse and often multi-ethnic group including Alaskan Native and island nations. This includes Tacey M. Atsitty, Layli Long Soldier, Tommy Pico, Margaret Noodin, Laura Da’, Gwen Nell Westerman, Jennifer Elise Foerster, Natalie Diaz, Trevino L. Brings Plenty, Dg nanouk okpik, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Sy Hoahwah, Craig Santos Perez, Gordon Henry, Jr., Brandy Nālani McDougall, M. L. Smoker, LeAnne Howe, Cedar Sigo, Karenne Wood, Eric Gansworth, and Janet McAdams. There is no unifying theme to the anthology; Erdrich notes, “We do and we do not write of treaties, battles, and drums. We do and we do not write about eagles, spirits, and canyons. Native poetry may be those things, but it is not only those things. It is also about grass and apologies, bones and joy, marching bands and genocide, skin and social work, and much more” (2018, p. xiv).  Some of my favorite poems for sharing with young people from this collection include:
  • “Obligations 2” by Layli Long Soldier, a diamante poem
  • “Passive Voice” by Laura Da’, a poem that references zombies
  • “Theory Doesn’t Live Here” by Gwen Nell Westerman, a family story poem
  • I Tinituhon) by Craig Santos Perez, a poem in columns of two letters each
Erdrich reminds us that the last anthology of Native poetry was published in 1988, so this collection is long overdue and very welcome. Young readers may be somewhat daunted by an anthology free of interior illustrations, but will surely respond to the powerful emotions, experiences, and expressiveness in this collection. 

Forthcoming 
It’s equally exciting to see this poetry anthology trend continue into 2019. Look for Thanku: Poems of Gratitude, a picture book collection edited by Miranda Paul. It features 32 diverse poets including Padma Venkatraman, Carole Lindstrom, Sylvia Liu, Carolyn Dee Flores, Sarvinder Naberhaus, Lupe Ruiz-Flores, Traci Sorell, and many more. The editor reports that each poem is a different type of poem including the acrostic, ballad, décima mirror,

found poem, sijo, Tyburn, among others. Marlena Myles, a Native American artist (Spirit Lake Dakota, Mohegan, Muscokee Creek) created illustrations that link the poems together and Paul reports that book sale proceeds will go to We Need Diverse Books. Another picture book collection is coming from noted anthologist Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Richard Jones, The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems. This time, the unifying theme of “how-to” offers advice on practical things like how to make pancakes or more fanciful tasks such as how to be a snowflake-- all in poem form by the likes of Kwame Alexander,
Pat Mora, Allan Wolf, and more. Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond offer an anthology for older readers entitled Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience featuring 64 poems by poets such as Elizabeth Acevedo, Tarfia Faizullah, Hala Alyan, GallMukomolova, Bao Phi, Ocean Vuong, and many more. Publisher Ruth Weiner reported that the editors wanted to “create a sense of the immigrant and refugee experience that would honor its complexity and variety.” They sought out poems that “represent the range of poets’ ethnicities and most deeply give voice to the experiences of young adult first and second generation immigrants and refugees” as well as an historical perspective provided by established poets such as Ellen Bass, Eavan Boland, Jeff Coomer, and Li-Young Lee. It looks like an exciting assemblage of poet voices with a very important and timely focus.

Conclusion
I’ve had my own experiences creating poetry anthologies in assembling informal collections for my students, friends, and family, as well as in collaborating with poet Janet Wong to publish poetry anthologies that include guidance for sharing and teaching each poem. It’s a daunting task to curate poems into an effective whole, but we always enjoy seeking out new poet voices to participate. It shouldn’t be surprising that poetry is a place where diversity is welcomed—and I hope those who choose and use books with young readers will look to poetry to help paint a richer portrait of who we are as an “anthology” of people.

Bibiliography

  1. Erdrich, Heid E. (Ed.) 2018. New Poets of Native Nations. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press.
  2. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. (Ed.) 2018. World Make Way: New Poems Inspired by Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Abrams. 
  3. Hudson, Wade and Hudson, Cheryl Willis. (Eds.) 2018. We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices. New York: Crown.
  4. Janeczko, Paul B. (Ed.) 2019. The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems. Ill. by Richard Jones. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.  
  5. Lewis, J. Patrick. (Ed.) 2018. The Poetry of Us: More Than 200 Poems about the People, Places and Passions of the United States. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.  
  6. Lovelace, Amanda; Gill, Nikita; Thomas, Iain S. et. al. 2018. Disconnected: Poems & Stories of Connection and Otherwise. Delta, BC Canada: Central Avenue Publishing. 
  7. Paul, Miranda. (Ed.) 2019. Thanku: Poems of Gratitude. Ill. by Marlena Myles. Brookfield, CT: Lerner/Millbrook. 
  8. Vecchione, Patrice and Raymond, Alyssa. (Eds.) 2019. Ink Knows No Borders. New York: Triangle Square/Seven Stories Press. 
  9. Waters, Fiona. (Ed.) 2018. Sing a Song of Seasons. Ill. by Frann Preston-Gannon. Somerville, MA: Candlewick/Nosy Crow. 
  10. Yeatts, Tabatha. (Ed.) 2018. Imperfect: Poems About Mistakes: An Anthology for Middle Schoolers. Rockville, MD: History House Publishers.
Now head on over to Tara's place at Going to Walden to get access to all the Poetry Friday posts this week. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Joyce Sidman in Chicago: April 20

If you live in the Chicago area, mark your calendars for Sat., April 20 (10-11am) because poet Joyce Sidman will be there to speak about "Poetry & Science" at the Poetry Foundation. This sounds like a wonderful way to spend the morning and celebrate Young People's Poetry Day-- which used to be a "thing" and looks like it may be again. Awesome!


Friday, January 11, 2019

A Print-and-Fold Book of Poems #1

I'm a big fan of making things, especially easy, fun things that are inexpensive and simple. So, when I discovered that one could make a tiny book out of a single piece of paper (8.5 x 11), I was hooked!  I've used this technique many times over the years and it always gets a great reaction from children. Once, a little boy sitting in the front row gasped, "It's magic!" And you can do all kinds of things with this mini-book format, from vocabulary practice, drawing, math play, and of course... POETRY! 

So, Janet (Wong) and I decided it might be fun to offer a ready-made printable poetry mini-book for teachers (and others) who want to inject a little more poetry into their work with children. So, here's our first installment, with a handful of poems from some of our Poetry Friday anthologies. See what you think!

Here's the printable page below and you'll find the pdf version at this link.


And here's a simple video showing you how to fold the paper into a mini-book:



Now look for more Poetry Friday fun hosted by Kathryn Apel, all the way in Australia! Here's the link.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Sneak Peek for Poetry Friday 2019


Welcome to our first Poetry Friday gathering for 2019! (InLinkz at the bottom)

It's time again for me to gather all the poetry books for young people that I believe will be published in the year ahead. And I was shocked and happy to see I already have a list of 75+ books set to appear this year! WOO HOO! I usually only know about 20-30 books at this early date, then add to the list throughout the year and end up with around 100 titles. I hope this beginning list continues to grow and grow and grow! There are new poets to support, new forms and topics to consider, board books, nonfiction books, anthologies, novels in verse, memoirs, and more. Here's my "SNEAK PEEK" list thus far, but I know y'all will let me know of any additional titles or any errors you see here. Thanks!

2019 Sneak Peek Poetry List
  1. Adams, Jennifer. 2019. How Do I Love Thee? Ill. by Christopher Silas Neal. New York: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 
  2. Alexander, Kwame. 2019. How to Read a Book. Ill. by Melissa Sweet. New York: HarperCollins.
  3. Alexander, Kwame. 2019. The Undefeated. Ill. by Kadir Nelson. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  4. Anderson, Laurie Halse. 2019. Shout. New York: Viking.
  5. Baron, Chris. 2019. All of Me. New York: Feiwel & Friends. 
  6. Beauvais, Clementine. 2019. In Paris with You. (Translated from the French by Sam Taylor.) Wednesday.
  7. Bramer, Shannon. 2019. Climbing Shadows: Poems for Children. Ill. by Cindy Derby. Toronto: Groundwood.
  8. Brown, Calef. 2019. Up Verses Down. New York: Henry Holt.
  9. Brown, Skila. 2019. Clackety Track: Poems about Trains. Ill. by Jamey Christoph. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  10. Buhrman-Deever and Kitchen, Bert. 2019. Predator and Prey: A Conversation in Verse. Ill. by Bert Kitchen. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  11. Bulion, Leslie. 2019. Superlative Birds. Ill. by Robert Meganck. Atlanta: Peachtree.
  12. Coelho, Joseph. 2019. A Year of Nature Poems. Ill. by Kelly Louise Judd. Wide Eyed Editions. 
  13. Coombs, Kate. 2019. Emily Dickinson: In Emily’s Garden. Ill. by Carme Lemniscates. Gibbs Smith.
  14. Coombs, Kate. 2019. William Shakespeare: I Love You. Ill. by Carme Lemniscates. Gibbs Smith.
  15. Corman, Avery. 2018. Bark in the Park!: Poems for Dog Lovers. Ill. by Hyewon Yum. Orchard.
  16. Davis, Alexandra. 2019. Lumber Jills: The Unsung Heroines of World War II. Il. by Katie Hickey. Chicago: Albert Whitman. 
  17. Dotlich, Rebecca Kai. 2019. You and Me. Ill. by Susan Reagan. Minneapolis: Creative Editions.
  18. Duncan, Alice Faye. 2019. A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks. Ill. by Xia Gordon. New York: Sterling.
  19. Elliott, David. 2019. Voices. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  20. Elliott, Zetta. 2019. Say Her Name. New York: Disney-Hyperion.
  21. Engle, Margarita. 2019. Dancing Hands, How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln. Ill. by Rafael López. New York: Atheneum.
  22. Engle, Margarita. 2019. Soaring Earth: A Companion Memoir to Enchanted Air. New York: Atheneum. 
  23. Fitch, Sheree. 2019. Toes in My Nose: And Other Poems. Ill. by Sydney Smith. Nimbus Publishing.
  24. Fliess, Sue. 2019. Little Red Rhyming Hood. Ill. by and Petros Bouloubasis. Chicago: Albert Whitman. 
  25. Fogliano, Jullie. 2019. If I Was the Sunshine. Ill. by Loren Long. New York: Atheneum. 
  26. Fogliano, Jullie. 2019. Just in Case You Want to Fly. New York: Holiday House.
  27. Franco, Betsy. 2019. Counting in Dog Years and Other Sassy Math Poems. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  28. Frost, Helen. 2019. Hello, I’m Here! Ill. by Rick Lieder. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  29. Greenfield, Eloise. 2019. Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me. Ill. by Ehsan Abdollahi. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky.
  30. Grimes, Nikki. 2019. Ordinary Hazards. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press.
  31. Hall, Kirsten. 2019. Snow Birds. Ill. by Jenni Desmond. New York: Simon & Schuster. 
  32. Heard, Georgia. 2019. Boom! Bellow! Bleat!: Animal Poems for Two or More Voices. Ill. by Aaron DeWitt. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mils/Wordsong. 
  33. Hemphill, Stephanie. 2019. The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined. New York: Balzer + Bray.
  34. Hoberman, Mary Ann. 2019. The Sun Shines Everywhere. Ill. by Luciano Lozano. New York: Little, Brown. 
  35. Holt, K. A. 2019. Redwood and Ponytail. San Francisco: Chronicle.
  36. Hopkins, Ellen. 2019. Sanctuary Highway. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  37. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Ed. 2019. I Am Someone Else: Poems About Pretending. Ill. by Christ Hsu. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  38. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Ed. 2019. I Remember. Ill. by various artists. New York: Lee & Low. 
  39. Howell, Raven. 2019. Glimmer, Sing of Sun. Ill. by Carina Povarchik. Spork.
  40. ______. 2019. I See the Moon: Rhymes for Bedtime. Ill. by Rosalind Beardshaw. Nosy Crow.
  41. Hutchens, Verlie. 2019. Trees. Ill. by Jing Jing Tsong. Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster. 
  42. ______. 2019. The Iliad. Ill. by Gareth Hinds. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  43. Janeczko,Paul B. Ed. 2019. The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems. Ill. by Richard Jones. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  44. Khwaja, Maham. 2019. The Journey. New York: Lee & Low.
  45. Landry, Leo. 2019. Home Run, Touchdown, Basket, Goal!: Sports Poems for Little Athletes. New York: Henry Holt.
  46. Ledyard, Stephanie Parsley. 2019. Home Is a Window. Ill. by Chris Sasak. New York: Neal Porter Books.
  47. Levy, Debbie. 2019. Down the Hill: One Girl’s Story of Walking into History. Ill. by Jo Ann Allen Boyce. New York: Bloomsbury.
  48. Lucido, Aimee. 2019. Emmy in the Key of Code. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Versify.
  49. Macfarlane, Robert. 2019. The Lost Words. Ill. by Jackie Morris. Anansi International.
  50. Maillard, Kevin Noble. 2019. Fry Bread: A Native American Family Tradition. Ill. by Juana Martinez-Neal. New York: Roaring Brook.
  51. Meister, Cari. 2019. Pony Poems for Little Pony Lovers. Ill. by Sara Rhys. New York: Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster.
  52. Millay, Edna St. Vincent. 2019. Afternoon on a Hill. Ill. by Paolo Domeniconi. Creative Editions. 
  53. Miller, Rhett. 2019. No More Poems!: A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse. Ill. by Dan Santat. New York: Little, Brown.
  54. Meyer, Eileen. 2019. The Superlative A. Lincoln. Ill. by Dave Szalay. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  55. Moskowitz-Sweet, Gloria and Smith, Hope Anita. 2019. It Rained Warm Bread. Ill. by Leatrice Lyon. New York: Macmillan.
  56. Nagai, Mariko. 2019. Under the Broken Sky. New York: Macmillan. 
  57. _______. 2019. Origami and Poetry: Inspired by Nature. Ill. by Clover Robin. Somerville, MA: Nosy Crow. 
  58. Ode, Eric. 2019. Otters, Snails, and Tadpole Tails: Poems from the Wetlands. Ill. by Ruth Harper. Kane-Miller.
  59. Paul, Miranda. Ed. 2019. Thanku: Poems of Gratitude. Ill. by Marlena Myles. Lerner/ Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press..
  60. Powell, Patricia Hruby. 2019. Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker. Ill. by R. Gregory Christie. New York: Simon & Schuster/McElderry. 
  61. Quattlebaum, Mary. 2019. Brother, Sister, Me and You. Washington DC: National Geographic.
  62. Rafael, Solli. 2019. Limelight. Andrews McMeel. 
  63. Ramirez-Christensen, Esperanza. 2019. My First Book of Haiku Poems: A Picture, Poem and a Dream; Classic Poems by Japanese Haiku Masters. Ill. by Tracy Gallup. Tuttle Publishing. 
  64. Reynolds, Jason. 2019. Long Way Down (graphic novel edition). Ill. by Danica Novgorodoff. New York: Atheneum. 
  65. Rogalski, Mark. 2019. Make Me a Monster. San Francisco: Chronicle.
  66. Rogers, Fred. 2019. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers. Ill. by Luke Flowers. Quirk Books.
  67. Rosen, Michael. J. 2019. The Greatest Table. Ill. by Becca Stadtlander. Creative Company.
  68. Rossetti, Christina. 2019. Blooming Beneath the Sun. Ill. by Ashley Bryan. New York: Atheneum.
  69. Russell, Ching Yeung. 2019. House Without Walls. Yellow Jacket.
  70. Salas, Laura Purdie. 2019. In the Middle of the Night: Poems from a Wide-Awake House. Ill. by Angela Matteson. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
  71. Salas, Laura Purdie. 2019. Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons. Ill. by Merce Lopez. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press.
  72. Salas, Laura Purdie. 2019. Snowman – Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations. Ill. by Micha Archer. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  73. Salazar, Aida. 2019. The Moon Within. New York: Scholastic.
  74. Schaub, Michelle. 2019. Finding Treasure: A Collection of Collections. Ill. by Carmen Saldana. Waterton, MA: Charlesbridge.
  75. Shiefman, Vicky. 2019. Who Has Wiggle-Waggle Toes. Ill. by Francesca Chessa. New York: Holiday House.
  76. Singer, Marilyn. 2019. I’m the Big One Now!: Poems about Growing Up. Ill. by Jana Christy. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
  77. Singer, Marilyn. 2019. Who Named Their Pony Macaroni? Ill. by Ryan McAmis. New York: Disney-Hyperion.
  78. Slade, Suzanne. 2019. Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon. Ill. by Alan Marks. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  79. Spinelli, Eileen. 2019. Birdie. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
  80. Sorell, Traci. 2019. At the Mountain Base. Ill. by Weshoyot Alvitre. New York: Penguin. 
  81. Steinberg, D. J. (reprint edition) 2019. Preschool, Here I Come! New York: Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap.
  82. Steinglass, Elizabeth. 2019. Soccerverse: Poems About Soccer. Ill. by Edson Ike. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
  83. Turk, Evan. 2019. You are Home: An Ode to the National Parks. New York: Atheneum.
  84. Updike, John. 2019. A Child’s Calendar. (20th Anniversary Edition) Ill. by Trina Schart Hyman. 
  85. Vecchione, Patrice and Raymond, Alyssa. Eds. 2019. Ink Knows No Borders. Triangle Square. 
  86. Warga, Jasmine. 2019. Other Words for Home. New York: Balzer + Bray. 
  87. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2019. The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop. Ill. by Frank Morrison. Little Bee Books.
  88. Wilson, Kip. 2019. White Rose. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 
  89. Wolf, Allan. 2019. The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems that Take You Into Space and Back Again. Ill. by Anna Raff. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  90. Yolen, Jane and Stemple, Heidi. 2019. Eek, You Reek! Minneapolis: Lerner.
ABOUT POETS & POETRY
  1. Burleigh, Robert. 2019. O Captain, My Captain. Ill. by Sterling Hundley. New York: Abrams.
  2. Drake, Julia. 2019. The Last True Poets of the Sea. New York: Disney-Hyperion.
  3. Hegedus, Bethany. 2019. Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou. Ill. by Tonya Engel. New York: Lee & Low.
  4. Hohn, Nadia L. 2019. Malaika’s Costume. New York: Owlkids.
  5. Hohn, Nadia L. 2019. Malaika’s Winter Carnival. New York: Owlkids.
  6. Leonardo, Cory. 2019. Call Me Alastair. New York: Simon and Schuster.
  7. Lerner, Sarah. 2019. Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories. New York: Crown. 
  8. Manfredi, Angie. Ed. 2019. The F Word. New York: Abrams/Amulet.
  9. Reynolds, Shauna LaVoy. 2019. Poetree. Ill. by Shahrzad Maydani.
  10. Rogers, Lisa. 2019. Mr. Marshall’s Red Wheelbarrow: A story About William Carlos Williams’s Beloved Poem. Ill. by Chuck Groenink. New York: Random House/Schwartz & Wade Books.
  11. Slade, Suzanne. 2019. Exquisite. Ill. by Cozbi A. Cabrera. New York: Abrams.
  12. Yolen, Jane. 2019. Emily Writes. Ill. by Christine Davenier. New York: Macmillan.
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Friday, November 30, 2018

Poetry, Principals, and NCTE

I'm catching up a bit and want to share highlights of my presentation at the NCTE conference (National Council of Teachers of English) in Houston, TX. I was lucky enough to present alongside my friend and collaborator, poet Janet Wong, Kari (K.A.) Holt, poet and author of novels in verse, and Tom Marshall, an amazing, award-winning principal from New Jersey. Our topic was "Creating a Positive School Culture Through Poetry." I set the stage with some background info and then Kari talked about how "poetry is the way you see the world" and how poetry has an ability to secretly teach empathy. Tom focused on how schools can promote literacy through poetry and find ways to create a culture of celebration. As a teacher, he would challenge students who were trying to write poetry to simply "make it look like a poem." Then, when he revealed that he wrote a poem for every single teacher on his staff, our audience was stunned! One teacher said, "Hold still, while I activate my cloning machine!" Then Janet wrapped things up by sharing a variety of ways to bring joy and happiness into daily teaching. We infused examples from our latest book, GREAT Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud, as well as examples from other books of school-themed and celebration poetry. It was inspiring just to be in the room! Here are just a few highlights from our session!












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