2020 National Poetry Month Kidlitosphere Events Roundup

 

Happy April and Happy National Poetry Month!

It’s time once again to read, write, share, and simply indulge your love for poetry in every way.

Need some ideas? Visit poets.org for the full scoop on how you can participate, including 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 30, 2020), Poem-a-Day, and especially for students and teachers, the Dear Poet Project. Check the state-by-state listings to find poetry-related events near you.

Congratulations to tenth grader Samantha Aikman, who won the 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students. Her winning artwork was selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and award-winning cartoonist Alison Bechdel from among 10 finalists and 180 student submissions. Entries were to incorporate between 1-4 contiguous lines from U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s poem, “Remember.”

 

 

Click here to download a PDF, or to order your free copy.

Now, here’s a list of what some kidlit bloggers are doing. If you’re also celebrating Poetry Month with a special project or blog event, or know of anyone else who is, please leave a comment here or email me: readermail (at) jamakimrattigan (dot) com, so I can add the information to this Roundup. Thanks, and have a beautiful, inspiring, uplifting, productive, and memorable April!

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Hooray, it’s Progressive Poem time again! This year, Irene Latham has passed on the mantle to Margaret Simon (Reflections on the Teche), who’s recruited 30 poets for the ninth annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem. This is a wonderful community writing project where a poem travels daily from blog to blog, with each host adding a new line. Donna Smith will kick things off with the first line of this year’s children’s poem at Mainely Write on April 1. Here’s the full schedule of participating bloggers:

 

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1 Donna Smith at Mainely Write
2 Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
3 Jone MacCulloch at Deo Writer
4 Liz Steinglass
5 Buffy Silverman
6 Kay McGriff at A Journey Through the Pages
7 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
8 Tara Smith at Going to Walden
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Matt Forrest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme
11 Janet Fagel, hosted at Reflections on the Teche
12 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
13 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
14 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
15 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
16 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
17 Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
18 Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading
19 Tabatha at Opposite of Indifference
20 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
21 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
22 Julieanne Harmatz at To Read, To Write, To Be
23 Ruth at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town
24 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wandering
25 Amy at The Poem Farm
26 Dani Burtsfield at Doing the Work That Matters
27 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
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29 Fran Haley at lit bits and pieces
30 Michelle Kogan

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At Today’s Little Ditty, Michelle H. Barnes will be introducing a new series called, “Lessons from the Bookshelf,” where she takes an in-depth look at educational books about writing poetry. For April, Michelle will be focusing on MY SHOUTING, SHATTERED, WHISPERING VOICE: A Guide to Writing Poetry and Speaking Your Truth, by Patrice Vecchione (Seven Stories Press, March 31, 2020), and featuring three terrific exercises from the book over the course of the month.

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If you’re a fan of picture book poetry collections, be sure to check in with Jena Benton at Of Tea and Mermaids. She’ll be featuring a different picture book each day with her commentary and a selected poem. I learned about some new-to-me books last year, so I’m looking forward to more. 🙂

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Over at Deo Writer, Jone MacCulloch will be cooking up some delectable verses all month long with “Food, Family, Feasts.” Put on your best bibs and head over there for poems about food, food, food! Jone invites everyone to join her by writing their own food-related poems. I’m hungry!

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Jone is also sending out Student Poetry Postcards. Have you signed up yet? As she said, in this time of social distancing, this might be a good way to spread a little cheer. You can find the sign-up form here.

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If you’re a fan of ekphrastic poetry, you must check out Random Noodling. Once again, Diane Mayr is featuring Ekphrastic April, where she writes an original cherita each day inspired by the work of a female artist. This feels like a double gift, because you not only get to see wonderful paintings, you’re also privy to Diane’s personal responses to these works.

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photo by Harry W. Yeatts, Jr., logo by Elena Yeatts-Lonske

 

At The Opposite of Indifference, Tabatha Yeatts is sharing poetry based on the theme, “Things I Wish You Knew . . . “ with an emphasis on physical and mental health. The idea is to inform the reader about something that is outside their realm of experience, something that is maybe not that obvious. Tabatha issued an open call for submissions last month, so it will be interesting to see what the Poetry Friday community has written.

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Robyn Hood Black’s special NPM project is called “I Pause for Poems.”  Each weekday in April, she’ll upload a short YouTube video of herself reading one of her published poems (will link or embed on her blog each day). On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays it will be a poem for children. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, it will be a haiku suitable for kids. It’s such a treat to hear poets read their own work. Can’t wait! Catch all the action at Life on the Deckle Edge, or if you prefer, zoom over to her YouTube channel.

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Visit Amy Ludwig VanDerwater at The Poem Farm this month to Roll the Dice!  Here’s her description:

“For this year’s poetry project, I have decided to introduce the fun of random surprise. Every day, I will share one truth about poems. Each will be worded POEMS CAN… Every day, I will roll three word dice. Then:

  • I will write a poem inspired by one, two, or all three of the face-up words.
  • If a die rolls blank, I will not reroll it.
  • The month’s poems need not go together, though they may.

I welcome anyone who wishes to join me in writing from ROLL THE DICE!  Feel free to comment with your poem if you wish. Happy National Poetry Month to all.”

Those who comment will be entered into weekly drawings to win a copy of Amy’s book, POEMS ARE TEACHERS.

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Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core will be featuring, “News from the Natural World”:

“On a recent episode of the Ted Talk Radio Hour, Enrico Ramirez Ruiz, an astrophysicist who describes himself as a “stellar mortician,” explained that “we are all atomically connected, fundamentally, universally.” My aim is to focus on some element of the natural world and find those connections, and within them, find tolerance and understanding.”

Check out her first poem, “Forest Snail,” inspired by “Lessons in Being Alone, from a Woodland Snail,” a recent episode of NPR’s podcast, “Short Wave.” I’m looking forward to what sounds like a lovely nature retreat! 🙂

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Look for Christie Wyman’s, “Thoreaulyinspired” at her blog Wondering and Wandering:

Each day during April, I will write a poem-ish piece inspired by a word or phrase mined from the pages of Henry David Thoreau’s jewel-laden journals. I have left my challenge open so that the poems may take any form — haiku, free verse, borrowed line, blackout –and who knows which direction they will go in.

Here is her first poem, “I Heard the First Real Robin’s Song”:

 

 

View the post for a peek at her process. What a lovely idea for a poetry month project!

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Linda Baie at TeacherDance will be sharing a poem and sketch each day with the theme of “Circles.”

A while ago I bought a small box of tiny round wood circles. I’ve been playing around with how I can use them for something, and am planning to use the theme of CIRCLES for poetry month, poems & small sketches.

What a novel idea! Linda has kicked things off with a dandelion haiku — click here for the post — and be sure to check back each day for more. 🙂

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Kay McGriff at A Journey Through the Pages has challenged herself to write a poem each day, mostly inspired by prompts in Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge’s book, poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life With Words (2009). Check out her first poem, “Pandemic,” written for last month’s Ditty of the Month Challenge issued by Tabatha Yeatts.

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Are you hungry? At her new blog, Book Buzz, Amy Zimmer-Merrill will be sharing a food poem + recipe every Friday:

To celebrate National Poetry Month, I’ve decided to write and share a poem each Friday (as part of Poetry Friday). I’ve recently read the book, Eat This Poem by Nicole Gulotta, where she shares a food related poem and then offers her thoughts on the poem, personal stories, and recipes inspired by the poem. It’s a delicious read and I’m trying many of  the recipes in my own kitchen.   Eat This Poem got me thinking about children’s poetry, food, and recipes that could be inspired by those poems. For the month of April, I will be writing my own poems about food and sharing a recipe or two to accompany my poem. I will also share other foodie published poems or books. I hope you’ll join me in this delicious feast of poetry goodness.

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At Poetry for Children, poetry goddess Sylvia Vardell is featuring a variety of things this month, including guest posts for new, forthcoming poetry books, and mini movies created by her graduate students to bring individual poems to life. Grab your popcorn and enjoy!

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Tricia Stohr-Hunt’s “Armchair Travelers” will feature photos, poems, and memories of some of the places she’s been fortunate enough to visit. In this time of hunkering down and staying home, this is a welcome opportunity for a virtual getaway. Her first stop: Cashiers Valley in Jackson County, North Carolina. Join her on this month-long journey at The Miss Rumphius Effect.

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At her blog, fiction, instead of lies, Tanita S. Davis will be writing a haiku-a-day for NPM. During this time of universal existential dread, she’s going to “try very hard to find something new to see, or a new way to see it.” She encourages everyone “to try and really see things just now — things we should remember.”

Here’s a poem from her opening post:

masked

can you see a smile
obscured by a folded mask?
look: my eyes smile back

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Michelle Kogan is featuring daily poems paired with original art and/or photographs, with a focus on nature and climate endangered birds. Here’s her opening poem:

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Ruth at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town will be sharing poems she’s “collected” on multiple open tabs on her desktop, along with some original poems. Check out this post for a more detailed description, and to read the very inspiring, “To All the Poets” by Andrew Peterson.

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For her 11th consecutive year, Liz Garton Scanlon will be writing and sharing a haiku each day. She invites everyone to join her (sharing publicly is optional). You can follow along at her blog, on Facebook, or Twitter.. Look for these three hashtags (use them or not with your own haiku): #nationalpoetrymonth, #30daysofhaiku, #lizsharespoem.

Her first one:

Haiku 1
April 1, 2020

Volunteer daisies
spread like sun across the yard
Light can’t be contained

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Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading is writing a poem a day around the theme, “The Flipside.”

“So much about the world right now is scary and uncertain. That was always true, but it is in-our-faces true now. At the same time, there are amazing acts of generosity, compassion, connectedness, and creativity that are happening because of These Unprecedented Times. For myself, for my students, for my readers, I wanted to write poems this month that remind us what’s on the flipside of the scary uncertainty.”

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Are you ready to play? Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life is all about found poems this month:

“It is April, and I am joining many others in celebrating National Poetry Month. This month many people turn to their gardens and landscapes and play in the dirt. I’d rather do a little playing with words. This month I will be creating found poems by taking words, phrases, and lines from other texts and rearranging them into a “literary collage” with a whole new meaning.”

Sounds so fun and interesting!

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Don’t forget the Water Poem Project, ongoing since March 22, 2020. It’s a community poetry project for kids created and organized by author, poet, and educator Laura Shovan. Participants receive a writing prompt every day for a month related to the theme of WATER. The goal is to write and share a newly drafted poem with the group every day.

Laura has also invited poet and author friends to create the writing prompts (she will post new prompts each evening at her blog). Prompts will also be shared across social media with the hashtag #WaterPoemProject.

Read this introductory post for all the details, which includes suggestions for posting response poems, sharing feedback, and information about curriculum standards (this project is recommended for Grade 3 and up).

This is a wonderful project to consider with so many schools closed and/or meeting online. It’s not too late to jump on board!

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Here’s what Carol Varsalona is doing at Beyond Literacy Link:

“For National Poetry Month, I am writing poems of hope each day in different formats and creating a gallery of artistic expressions to bring voice and the artistry of nature into focus. With the theme, Nature Nurtures, a gallery of artistic expressions and stories will evolve to heal troubled hearts and global lands during these challenging times. In addition, a padlet and Twitter hashtag, #NatureNurtures2020 have been created to hold inspirational digitals being sent from around the globe.

Come together as a global community to let your voices rise with hope and positivity as we fill social media with the glory of nature’s healing gifts. All families, educators, students, and community members are invited to join me in this creative endeavor. Student work can be created during remote learning writing or creative activities. All work must have your name and location at the bottom of a 450 px jpeg or png. Deadline: April 30th.”

To read Carol’s special invitation, click here, and her first Nature Nurtures installment is here.

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Hooray! 30 Poets/30 Days is back at GottaBook! Some of you may remember when Greg Pincus first launched this NPM series back in 2009. The best part of Poetry Month was stopping by to see which poem and poet Greg was featuring each day. I learned about so many new-to-me poets and looked forward to the roster every year.

Greg took a little break, but now he’s back. Some of the poets he’s featuring for 2020 are:

Brod Bagert
Carmen Bernier-Grand
Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Douglas Florian
Charles Ghigna
Nikki Grimes
David L. Harrison
Kenn Nesbitt
Ann Whitford Paul
Greg Pincus
Bob Raczka
Adam Rex
Marilyn Singer
Charles Waters
April Halprin Wayland
Jane Yolen

There will be a mix of “never before seen” as well as previously published poems + additional treats. He kicked things off on April 1 with “Bigfoot” by Douglas Florian:

Check in with GottaBook every day for a new poetry fix!

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Here at Alphabet Soup, we’ll continue to serve up tasty poems and reviews of new poetry books each Friday in April. Look for our three-book True Blue Giveaway on April 24!

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Finally, don’t forget to check in with April’s Poetry Friday hosts to see what other bloggers are sharing in the kidlitosphere each week:

 

 

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3    Heidi at my juicy little universe
10  Amy at The Poem Farm
17  Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone
24  Christie at Wondering and Wandering

 

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♥️ I’ll continue to update this Roundup throughout April, so do check back! For your convenience, a link to this Roundup can be found in the sidebar of this blog.

Wishing you a thoroughly nourishing, inspiring, productive, interesting, and enlightening Poetry Month!


 

*Copyright © 2020 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

2019 National Poetry Month Kidlitosphere Events Roundup

 

Happy April and Happy National Poetry Month!

It’s time once again to read, write, share, and simply indulge your love for poetry in every way.

Need some ideas? Visit poets.org for the full scoop on how you can participate, including 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 18, 2019), Poem-a-Day, and especially for students and teachers, the Dear Poet Project. Check the state-by-state listings to find poetry-related events near you.

Now, here’s a list of what some kidlit bloggers are doing. If you’re also celebrating Poetry Month with a special project or blog event, or know of anyone else who is, please leave a comment here or email me: readermail (at) jamakimrattigan (dot) com, so I can add the information to this Roundup. Thanks, and have a beautiful, inspiring, uplifting, productive, and memorable April!

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Hooray, it’s Progressive Poem time again! Irene Latham at Live Your Poem has recruited 30 poets for her eighth annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem. This is a wonderful community writing project where a poem travels daily from blog to blog, with each host adding a new line. Matt Forrest Esenwine will kick things off with the first line of this year’s children’s poem at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme on April 1. Here’s the full schedule of participating bloggers:

April

1 Matt @Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme

2 Kat @Kathryn Apel

3 Kimberly @KimberlyHutmacherWrites

4 Jone @DeoWriter

5 Linda @TeacherDance

6 Tara @Going to Walden

7 Ruth @thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown

8 Mary Lee @A Year of Reading

9 Rebecca @Rebecca Herzog

10 Janet F. @Live Your Poem

11 Dani @Doing the Work that Matters

12 Margaret @Reflections on the Teche

13 Doraine @Dori Reads

14 Christie @Wondering and Wandering

15 Robyn @Life on the Deckle Edge

16 Carol @Beyond LiteracyLink

17 Amy @The Poem Farm

18 Linda @A Word Edgewise

19 Heidi @my juicy little universe

20 Buffy @Buffy’s Blog

21 Michelle @Michelle Kogan

22 Catherine @Reading to the Core

23 Penny @a penny and her jots

24 Tabatha @The Opposite of Indifference

25 Jan @Bookseestudio

26 Linda @Write Time

27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro

28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass

29 Irene @Live Your Poem

30 Donna @Mainely Write

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Irene Latham will also be continuing her personal NPM project, Artspeak!, (now in its 5th year), where she writes a poem a day in response to a piece of art. This year’s theme is “Happy” after her 2019 One Little Word. Look for short, happy poems for kids at Live Your Poem all month long.

To whet your appetite, here’s Irene’s introductory poem inspired by “The Sky Was Yellow” by Enrico Baj:

And, as an added bonus, Irene will be featuring poem videos too. Love!

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Over at A Year of Reading, Mary Lee Hahn will be PLAYING WITH POETRY using Haikubes, Magnetic Poetry, Metaphor Dice, and Paint Chip Poetry. She’s inviting everyone to join her and write along (use the Twitter hashtag #playwithpoetryNPM to cheer each other on). Let the fun begin!

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The “Classroom Connections” series at Today’s Little Ditty will be showcasing recent poetry books — eclectic collections, lyrical picture books, and engaging verse novels — and how they can be used as mentor texts in the classroom. Complete with author/editor interviews, exercises for teachers to use for elementary, middle, and high school students, and LOTS of giveaways! Michelle H. Barnes is your gracious host. 🙂

Here’s the schedule:

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Along with the Literacy Council at her middle school, Linda Mitchell is organizing a brackets-style competition called Poetry Pandemonium. There are 16 poems and brackets. She says, “We will see which poem (that has recognizable language arts standards in it) wins the hearts and minds of my school. I will share bits from it in April.” Read this post to learn more details about the project at Linda’s blog A Word Edgewise.

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2018 National Poetry Month Kidlitosphere Events Roundup

Happy April and Happy National Poetry Month!

It’s time once again to read, write, share, and simply indulge your love for poetry in every way.

Need some ideas? Visit poets.org for the full scoop on how you can participate, including 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 26, 2018), Poem-a-Day, and especially for students and teachers, the Dear Poet Project. Check the state-by-state listings to find poetry-related events near you.

Now, here’s a list of what some kidlit bloggers are doing. If you’re also celebrating Poetry Month with a special project or blog event, or know of anyone else who is, please leave a comment here or email me: readermail (at) jamakimrattigan (dot) com, so I can add the information to this Roundup. Thanks, and have a beautiful, inspiring, uplifting, productive, and memorable April!

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🌺 Hooray, it’s Progressive Poem time again! Irene Latham at Live Your Poem has recruited 30 poets for her seventh(!) annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem. This is a wonderful community writing project where a poem travels daily from blog to blog, with each host adding a new line. Elizabeth Steinglass will kick things off with the first line of this year’s children’s poem on April 1. Here’s the full schedule of participating bloggers:

 

April

2 Jane at Raincity Librarian
4 Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty
Jan at bookseedstudio
6 Irene at Live Your Poem
7 Linda at TeacherDance
Janet F. at Live Your Poem
11 Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales
12 Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink
13 Linda at A Word Edgewise
15 Donna at Mainely Write
16 Sarah at Sarah Grace Tuttle
18 Christie at Wondering and Wandering
19 Michelle at Michelle Kogan
20 Linda at Write Time
21 April at Teaching Authors
23 Amy at The Poem Farm
24 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
26 Renee at No Water River
27 Buffy at Buffy’s Blog
28 Kat at Kat’s Whiskers
30 Doraine at Dori Reads

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🌼 Irene Latham at Live Your Poem will also be featuring ARTSPEAK!: Harlem Renaissance. This year’s poem-a-day project was inspired by Nikki Grimes’s ONE LAST WORD. Irene will be writing ekphrastic poems in response to some of the paintings created by Harlem Renaissance artists.

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🌷 Renee LaTulippe will be hosting Community Collections at No Water River:

This year I asked 31 poets and verse novelists to contribute a poem and a poetry prompt. The idea is to encourage readers to write their own poems (or prose passages) in response to the daily prompts; and then add those responses to the appropriate blog post. By the end of April, then, we’ll have 31 themed poetry collections written by readers.  

Check out the complete calendar of guest poets. Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle will kick things off today, March 30!

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🦖 Over at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme, Matt Forrest Esenwine will be hosting another month-long Poetry Cubed contest.  Entrants must use the three images he’s provided as inspiration for an original poem. Any poetic form is fine, rhyming or not — the only requirement is that all three images must be referenced in the poem. The prize this year will be a signed copy of the new picture book he’s co-authored with Deborah Bruss, Don’t Ask a Dinosaur.

Matt will also feature interviews with Don’t Ask a Dinosaur illustrator Louie Chin, and poet Amy Losak regarding H is for Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A-Z, which contains poems written by her late mother Sydell Rosenberg.

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🌼 From Michelle H. Barnes at Today’s Little Ditty:

In celebration of Today’s Little Ditty’s 5th birthday, we’ve invited dinosaurs to the party! Featuring Deborah Bruss and Matt Forrest Esenwine, authors of Don’t Ask a Dinosaur, and a party game ditty challenge that’s bound to make you roar with laughter. The festivities begin on Friday, April 6th.

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💐 Jone MacCulloch will be sharing student poetry daily at Check It Out. She hopes to feature students reciting their poetry on Fridays.

She’s also once again doing her annual Poetry Postcard Project, where Silver Star ES students send out illustrated poetry postcards to anyone requesting them. Sign up HERE if you’d like to receive one. This is a wonderful project — ten years running so far — I always enjoy receiving my postcard each April.

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📷 At her personal blog DeoWriter, Jone MacCulloch will be sharing haiku and haiga inspired by her own photographs.

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🤓 A “Poetry is for Everyone” Twitter Chat will be held on April 9th, 8 pm EST (#NYEDChat combines with #WonderChat). @Wonderopolis #poet friends, @Irene Latham, @Laura Purdie Salas, and @Charles Waters will be guest moderators with Carol Varsalona moderating for #NYEDChat and John MacLeod for Wonderopolis.

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🎨 Diane Mayr at Random Noodling will be writing ekphrastic poems in April. She’s challenging herself to write a cherita every day based on paintings by female artists. *A cherita is a three-stanza poem that tells a story. The first stanza has one line that sets the scene, the second stanza has two lines, the third has three lines. Diane welcomes suggestions of “long dead female artists” or links to any of their public domain works which she could use as inspiration for her cheritas (leave a comment at her blog or email her).

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🌺 JoAnn Early Macken will be posting a poem or poetry writing tip every day during April — and she’ll also be giving away a copy of her book Write a Poem Step by Step (Earlybird Press, 2012) each day!

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🎨 Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche will also be writing ekphrastic poems for Poetry Month. She says, “I love art.  Art often gives me an entry point into a poem that I may not have written otherwise.  I find art digs deep into my soul.”

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☀ Over at The Poem Farm, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s NPM Project is “1 Subject 30 Ways”:

This year at The Poem Farm, I will be writing a new poem every day about the constellation Orion. Every day I will highlight a different poetic technique, a technique used by poets and by writers of other genres as well. After all, the techniques of poets are the techniques of all writers. I will be using my Fall 2017 Heinemann book, POEMS ARE TEACHERS, to lead me as I write all April long.

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🌼 At Beyond Literacy Link, Carol Varsalona will be unveiling her winter gallery of artistic expressions, “Winter Wonderland.” She will also be writing digital poems with a springtime theme, and will extend an invitation for her Spring Gallery, “Sense-sational Spring” later in the month.

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🍅 Donna Smith at Mainely Write will be continuing her challenge to write a poem for each letter of the alphabet based on a Maine vanity license plate she’s found and taken a photo of since last April. She will attempt to write these poems using poetic forms beginning with their corresponding letters. These are a lot of fun as it’s interesting to see the vanity plates she’s collected and how she creates poems inspired by them. 🙂

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Look for “30 Days, 30 Students, 30 Quotes, 30 Poems” at A Reading Year by Mary Lee Hahn. She will be writing personalized golden shovel poems based on quotes submitted by her 5th grade students, a.k.a. “The 2017-2018 5th Grade Hahn Squad.” She asked them to each share a quote they loved, and she will use them as her striking lines for the poems. Quite a challenge!

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🌻 For a dose of daily inspiration, head over to Poetry for Children, where Sylvia Vardell will be posting her favorite quotes about poetry paired with powerful images (without commentary). Here’s a sample:

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🌺 Linda Baie at TeacherDance will be doing a poem-a-day challenge:

My goal for Poetry Month: A haiku diary that may include other forms related to haiku, like haibun, haiga. monoku or renga. I have enjoyed studying about and writing in these forms in past Aprils and alongside other’s who’ve given a challenge in this form. And, I look forward to seeing what parts of this month I will choose to collect in a diary. I will also be connecting with others, writing for their challenges, too, along with other kinds of blog posts. 

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🌿 At Michelle Kogan’s blog, look for original poems paired with gorgeous art on flora and fauna, sometimes outside, when Nature permits, sometimes outside when she doesn’t.

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“If you truly want to know someone you should walk a mile in their shoes.”

👠 Mrs. Daley’s second grade class is doing a poetry challenge this month based on the above quote, called Take a Walk in Our Shoes. Each day during April, they will write and post a poem based on a different picture of shoes. These will sometimes be class poems, partner poems, small group poems, or individual poems. They invite readers to write their own shoe poems in the blog comments. This challenge was inspired by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Irene Latham and other poet mentors. Check in daily at Teaching Tales and Lit Love for all the fun.

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🌺 Jena Benton will be sharing a poem and a picture from a picture book each day during April at her blog Of Tea and Mermaids. She will source picture books old and new for this project.

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Over at My Juicy Little Universe, Heidi Mordhorst and her second grade class are writing a class poem during the month of April. Each day, one student will add 2 words to the poem. They will have had two turns each by the time the month is over — and, of course, a cool finished poem!

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🍩 Here at Alphabet Soup, we’ll continue to serve up tasty poems and reviews of new poetry books with a couple of giveaways on Fridays during April. 🙂

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🍪 Finally, don’t forget to check in with April’s Poetry Friday hosts to see what other bloggers are sharing in the kidlitosphere each week:

April
6    Amy at The Poem Farm
27  Irene at Live Your Poem
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I’ll continue to update this Roundup throughout April, so do check back! For your convenience, a link to this Roundup can be found in the sidebar of this blog.

Wishing you a thoroughly nourishing, inspiring, productive, interesting, and enlightening Poetry Month!


Copyright © 2018 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

2017 National Poetry Month Kidlitosphere Events Roundup

 

HAPPY NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!

Did you know that National Poetry Month is “the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April”? And 2017 marks the 21st Anniversary of NPM!

Visit poets.org for the full scoop on how you can participate, including 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 27, 2017), Poem-a-Day, and especially for students and teachers, the Dear Poet Project. Check the state-by-state listings to find poetry-related events near you.

Now, here’s a list of what some kidlit bloggers are doing. If you’re also celebrating Poetry Month with a special project or blog event, or know of anyone else who is, please leave a comment here or email me: readermail (at) jamakimrattigan (dot) com, so I can add the information to this Roundup. Thanks!

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🌺 Hooray, it’s Progressive Poem time again! Irene Latham at Live Your Poem has recruited 30 poets for her sixth annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem. This is a wonderful community writing project where a poem travels daily from blog to blog, with each host adding a new line. Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe is kicking things off on April 1. This year’s goal is to create a poem for children. Here’s the full schedule of participating bloggers:

 

April
1 Heidi at my juicy little universe
2 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
3 Doraine at Dori Reads
4 Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty
5 Diane at Random Noodling
6 Kat at Kat’s Whiskers
7 Irene at Live Your Poem
8 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
9 Linda at TeacherDance
10 Penny at a penny and her jots
11 Ramona at Pleasures from the Page
12 Janet F. at Live Your Poem
13 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
14 Jan at Bookseedstudio
15 Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales
16 Joy at Poetry for Kids Joy
17 Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Buffy at Buffy’s Blog
19 Pat at Writer on a Horse
20 BJ at Blue Window
21 Donna at Mainely Write
22 Jone at Jone Rush MacCulloch
23 Ruth at There is no such thing as a godforsaken town
24 Amy at The Poem Farm
25 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
26 Renee at No Water River
27 Matt at Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme
28 Michelle at Michelle Kogan
29 Charles at Poetry Time
30 Laura Purdie Salas at Writing the World for Kids

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🌼 Irene Latham at Live Your Poem will also be featuring ARTSPEAK!, the poem-a-day project she started during 2015 in which she responds to images found in the online collection at the National Gallery of Art. This year she will focus on PORTRAITS, also accessing the Google Arts and Culture site for some of her subjects.

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hotTEAs of Children’s Poetry: Marilyn Singer

Marilyn Singer is the author of more than 100 books in many genres, but poetry is her favorite thing to write. Winner of the 2015 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry, she co-hosts the ALA Poetry Blast at the annual conference. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and Washington, CT with her husband and pets. (Photo by Steve Aronson)

 

☕ CUPPA OF CHOICE: Tea, tea, tea, especially Yunnan and various oolongs.  I love the fact that I can take my time and drink a cup slowly, while chatting, watching TV, reading, writing, or just ruminating.

☕ HOT OFF THE PRESSES: My most recent book is Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths (Dial, 2016), illustrated by Josee Masse. Coming this fall are several books that mention or deal with food:  Miss Muffet, Or What Came After (Clarion, September 2016), illustrated by David Litchfield; and What’s an Apple? and What’s a Banana? (Abrams, August 2016), illustrated by Greg Pizzoli.

☕ FAVE FOODIE CHILDREN’S BOOK: I adored Sydney Taylor’s All-of-A-Kind Family books, in part because of the yummy descriptions of Jewish food in them: pickles, sweet potatoes, hot chick peas, chicken soup, rye bread, etc.  Here’s a blog that delves into the food in the series:  http://www.suannelaqueur.com/great-food-great-books-all-kind-family/

☕ Visit Marilyn Singer’s Official Website.

☕☕ JUST ONE MORE SIP: A poem from The Superheroes Employment Agency (Clarion, 2012), illustrated by Noah Z. Jones!

 

WEATHERGIRL (AKA CYCLONE)

From up in space to down in Hades,

there are villains who are ladies.

They wear white gloves and fancy hats.

They like to knit.  They’re fond of cats.

They’re always planning something sinister

against a monarch or prime minister

over cake and cups of tea.

But then they have to deal with me,

a welcome guest, one of their ilk,

spooning sugar, pouring milk,

until my powers spoil their plot.

I raise a storm in their teapot.

Before they even utter, “Darn,”

I wrap them tightly in their yarn.

Then, whoosh, I blow each one away,

still sopping wet from their Earl Grey.

~ Copyright  © 2012 Marilyn Singer. All rights reserved.

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☕☕☕ CAN’T GET ENOUGH: Marilyn is the April Spotlight Author at Today’s Little Ditty. Read her wonderful interview with Michelle Barnes and then take this month’s challenge by writing your own poem(s).

☕☕☕☕  STILL THIRSTY: Marilyn is also Chicago Public Library’s Author of the Month. Enjoy this short video where she explains what a reverso is and reads a poem from Echo Echo. There’s also a written interview at the CPL site.

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☕☕☕☕☕ JUST ONE LAST SIP FOR THE ROAD: Check out Marilyn’s post about writing reverso poetry at Brightly!

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