Thursday, April 1, 2010

Celebrate National Poetry Month - April 2010

National Poetry Month is here and there are many terrific celebrations happening around the kidlitosphere. Here are the highlights.

Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect is celebrating with the Poetry Makers series; each day in April, Tricia will be interviewing a children's poets. She has started with Mary Ann Hoberman, the current Children's Poet Laureate. Later this month, she will interview Nikki Grimes, Charles R. Smith, Hope Anita Smith, Charles Ghigna and many others.

Greg K. of GottaBook is hosting his second annual 30 Poets/30 Days extravaganza, featuring 30 children’s poets who will share previously unpublished poems. He's started off with Triolets That Trouble My Sleep, by Alice Schertle.

Sylvia Vardell of Poetry for Children is playing a game of "Poetry Tag." Every day this month Sylvia's blog will feature a different poem by a different poet. Here’s the catch. One poet offers a poem and "tags" a fellow poet. Each poet then shares a poem that is connected to the previous poem in some way--by theme, word, idea, or tone--and provides a sentence or two explaining that connection. These may be new original unpublished poems or poems drawn from previous works.

Jone MacCulloch of Check It Out is sponsoring a poetry postcard project. Students write poems, decorate a postcard, and send them off. Jone will also be posting a new student poem every day. If you want one, send Jone (macrush53 at your address and she will mail one to you.

At A Year of Reading, Mary Lee will be posting an original poem about teaching each day in April. The first one is a treasure!

Lee Wind of I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell do I read? will be sharing new GLBTQ Teen Poetry, publishing many new Teen voices during April.

Jama Rattigan of Jama Rattigan’s alphabet soup will be featuring a Poetry Potluck, inviting Poetry Friday regulars to share an original poem and favorite recipe each weekday throughout the month of April.

Irene Latham will be hosting a Poetry Book Giveaway, giving away a favorite poetry anthology each Poetry Friday during April 2010.

Finally, the following energetic folks are challenging themselves to write a poem a day:

* Susan Taylor Brown of Susan Writes
* Mary Lee Hahn of A Year of Reading
* Andi of a wrunge sponge
* Irene Latham
* Jone MacCulloch of Deo Writer
* Elizabeth Moore of Tiny Reader
* Amy Ludwig Vanderwater of The Poem Farm
* April Halprin Wayland

Many thanks to all these energetic, wonderful people for celebrating poetry with children. These are resources to explore! Also, special thanks to Laura Evans, of Teach Poetry K-12  for assembling all these links in one place to share.

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