Saturday, April 30, 2022

NPM: Día + Plan for May 14: Young People's Poetry Day with Pat Mora

Photo courtesy of Shannon Steinacker
As we bring National Poetry Month to a close, I hope this immersion in poems (and videos) has been a bit of respite during this busy time. But this is not the end of enjoying poetry, of course!

The Poetry Foundation is holding a special in-person event for Young People's Poetry Day on May 14 in Chicago. Here's the scoop:

"Young poetry lovers are front and center at Young People’s Poetry Day with Pat Mora, winner of the Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement and author of numerous books for young readers. This annual free event for youth and their caregivers features a reading with Mora, a cartonera-making workshop with Suzi Garcia and Mayela Rodriguez, poetry writing activities, crafts, a poetry scavenger hunt, and more!"


Pat Mora is also the founder of Día de los Ninos; Día de los Libros which is often recognized on April 30, although celebrated all year long! Here's the link and the scoop for a downloadable booklet and tons of helpful resources. 

Children’s Day, Book Day
El día de los niños, El día de los libros (Día)
Planning Your April Celebration and Ideas for a Bookjoy Year

Pat writes: "In 2022, Children’s Day, Book Day, El día de los niños, el día de los libros (often known as Día), celebrates its 26th anniversary, twenty-three years in which literacy advocates have motivated families in their communities to honor all children and to share bookjoy throughout the year. Annually, during April, book fiestas are held at schools, libraries, childcare centers, parks, universities/colleges, community centers, parks, etc. This planning booklet is a compilation of what my partners and I have learned about ways to celebrate all our children and excite them about bookjoy. You’ll find helpful tips to share with your planning committee or colleagues."

So... let's keep the poetry celebration going with special events, new plans, and poem sharing all year long!

Friday, April 29, 2022

NPM: "Stuck"

 Here is the poem movie for "Stuck" by Eileen Spinelli.

[Created by Lauren H.]

Thursday, April 28, 2022

NPM: "Staycation"

Here is the poem movie for “Staycation" by Michelle Schaub. 

[Created by Lauren W.]

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

NPM: “Rise Up Tall”

Here is the poem movie for “Rise Up Tall" by JoAnn Early Macken.

[Created by Roxanne M.]

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

NPM: "All Tied, Bases Loaded"

Here is the poem movie for "All Tied, Bases Loaded" by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes. 

[Created by Crystal M.]

Monday, April 25, 2022

NPM: "The Artist"

 Here is the poem movie for “The Artist" by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie.

[Created by Irene M.]

Friday, April 22, 2022

NPM: "Soul Magic"

 Here is the poem movie for "Soul Magic" by Alice Faye Duncan. 

[Created by Beatrice H.]

Thursday, April 21, 2022

NPM: “Stand Up”

Here is the poem movie for “Stand Up" by Christy Mihaly

[Created by Lisa V.]

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

NPM: "Me and the Beach Creatures"

 Here is the poem movie for “Me and the Beach Creatures" 
by Susan Blackaby.

[Created by Hope R.]

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

NPM: "You Can Do It Right Now"


Here is the poem movie for "You Can Do It Right Now" by Janet Wong. 

[Created by Aleah H.]

Monday, April 18, 2022

NPM: "Rabbit Dance"

Here is the poem movie for “Rabbit Dance" by Joseph Bruchac.

[Created by Alyscia E.]

Saturday, April 16, 2022


Here is a digital trailer for the poetry anthology OUT OF WONDER 
by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth.

[Created by Linda S.]


Friday, April 15, 2022

NPM: “Pep Talk for a Couch Potato"

 Here is the poem movie for "Pep Talk for a Couch Potato" 
by Eileen Spinelli. 

[Created by Ashley L.]

Thursday, April 14, 2022

NPM: "Be the Beat"

Here is the poem movie for "Be the Beat" by Buffy Silverman. 

[Created by Keri B.]

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

NPM:"Follow Your Nose"

Here is the poem movie for "Follow Your Nose" by Margarita Engle.

[Created by Chrissie B.]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

NPM: “Chair Dancing”


Here is the poem movie for “Chair Dancing” by Xelena González. 

[Created by Elizabeth B.]

Monday, April 11, 2022

NPM: “Footwork for Soccer Players Stuck Inside”

Here is the poem movie for “Footwork for Soccer Players Stuck Inside” by Elizabeth Steinglass.

[Created by Ariel B.]

Saturday, April 09, 2022

NPM: "I Stood on the Ceiling"

 Here is the poem movie for "I Stood on the Ceiling" by Darren Sardelli.

[Created by Rachel R.]

Friday, April 08, 2022

NPM: "Any Weather"

Here is the poem movie for "Any Weather" by Rebecca Balcárcel.

[Created by Sabrina L.]

Thursday, April 07, 2022

NPM: “A Self-Trained Ninja”

Here is the poem movie for "A Self-Trained Ninja" by Yangsook Choi.

[Created by Brittney R.]

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

NPM: "Mental Floss"

Here is the poem movie for "Mental Floss" by Catherine Flynn.

[Created by Alyssa R.]

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

NPM: "Bones & Math"

Here is the poem movie for "Bones & Math" by Joan Bransfield Graham. 

[Created by Terry S.]

Monday, April 04, 2022

NPM: "When I Feel Scared"

Here is the poem movie for "When I Feel Scared" by Janet Wong.

[Created by Kaitlin S.]


Sunday, April 03, 2022

NPM: "On a Beach"

Here is the poem movie for "On a Beach" by Suzy Levinson.

[Created by Angela W.]

Saturday, April 02, 2022

NPM: "Music in My Town"

 Here is the poem movie for "Music in My Town" by David Bowles.

[Created by Amanda R.]

Friday, April 01, 2022

NPM: "Trail Ready"

Happy National Poetry Month! Once again, all month long, I'll be sharing videos made by my graduate students enrolled in a "Poetry for Children" course at Texas Woman's University. They each chose a poem from Hop to It: Poems to Get You Moving (because we have permission from those poets) and created an original "movie" to feature that poem. This is a fun way to feature a poem and also a model of what young people can do in using technology to play with poetry. See what you think! Here is "Trail Ready" by Robyn Hood Black.

[Poem video created by Savannah W.]