Check out the fabulous¬†PoetryTagTime series, brainchild of¬†Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. ¬†This e-anthology (this GAME of poetry, really) includes (so far) a series of three poetry anthologies for three different age groups. ¬†Thirty poems by thirty different poets [including me:^) ], each of whom wrote a poem inspired by the one before. ¬†For just a little bit of money (the price may change, so I’m not quoting a price…but trust me, it’s CHEAP) you can download this book to your computer…or it you have one, your Kindle or other e-reader, and read the poems as well as brief descriptions of how each poet found a way to write from the words that came before. ¬†The third book in this brilliant series, Gift Tag,
is one of the best-selling children‚Äôs poetry¬†eBooks on Amazon.com.
Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell’s Pomelo Books has come out with a FABULOUS line of Poetry Friday Anthologies which offer a poem-a-week for each grade, along with five ways to present each poem and extend the lesson, all with connections to the Common Core. [confession: I have poems in each of these books]
Here’s the Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School
(which I apparently chewed the top off because it was so tasty):
xAnd here are just a few of the sites which geared up for Poetry Month, full of interviews, poetry prompts and poems:
Gregory Pincus’ Gotta Book blog has lots of poetry throughout the year; during Poetry Month he hosts 30 Poets/30 Days -I’ve linked to his summary of the whole month of never-before-seen poems by a slew of poets¬†¬†[including me:^) ]¬†writing for kids.
Jama Rattigan often hosts a Poetry Potluck in April (an original poem and favorite recipe by guest bloggers)
Author and fellow bloggette JoAnn Early Macken has a terrific¬†poetry page on her website which includes some of her own poetry and a terrific list of poetry books, poetry for young adults, and books about writing poetry.
AMAZING AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORSHere are a few of my friends to get you started:
…and me! Our blog includes “writing workouts”‚ÄĒwriting exercises for you to try–and lots of resources.
Two of the authors in my writing critique group, which we call The Poetry Circle, have websites. They are exqusitely talented colleagues; they are dear friends. We meet in brilliant author Sonya Sones’ pink kitchen–wondrous illustrator/author Ruth Lercher Bornstein, poet Peg Leavitt and me.
Elaine Clayton ‚ÄĒThe perfect illustrator of GIRL COMING IN FOR A LANDING and the author and illustrator of many, many wonderful books. I believe she may be my spiritual sister….(in fact, here’s her other, spiritual site, well worth exploring)
John Ritter ‚ÄĒ A friend and a terrific young adult author. His novels center on baseball…and so much more.
Pam Munoz Ryan‚ÄĒ An amazing writer with a big heart. The author of PAINT THE WIND (which I just listened to on CD and which is fabulous), ESPERANZA RISING, RIDING FREEDOM, ECHO and many more novels and picture books.
Barney Saltzberg‚ÄĒ A talented picture book writer-and-illustrator and marvelous singer/songwriter who has written and illustrated more than 50 books! Want to learn to draw? Wanna have fun? Check out Barney’s site!
Mim Eichler Rivas is another incredibly prolific friend. She co-wrote THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, swimmer Michael Phelp’s mother’s autobiography, an amazing book about the most intelligent horse on record called BEAUTIFUL JIM KEY and more. Her husband, Victor Rivers, is a writer, an advocate against domestic violence, and an actor.
Another amazing friend, Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge, author of the marvelous POEMCRAZY and other books about freeing your life with words, will come your way if you can gather enough friends for a workshop.
And here is Katie Davis’s site…author/illustrator/blogger/radio and TV woman…a total energizer bunny!
Check out Harold Underdown’s Purple Crayon– he’s a children’s book editor with an informative site about the children’s book publishing industry and answers to ALL the questions aspiring writers need to know. Really. All of them.
My friend, Professor Sylvia Vardell, writes a not-to-be-missed poetry blog (it’s listed in the Top 100 Poetry Blogs)
QUERCUS¬†~ If you want to be up-to-date on children’s literature, consider subscribing to the classy, fun and highly visual online magazine¬†Quercus,¬†run by the wonderful Steve and Vicki Palmquist. ¬†”Delivered each Saturday to your inbox, staying informed has never been easier. Read the latest news, learn about important new books, get advice from foremost teachers and librarians, benefit from the Pick of the Blogs … everything you need to work, and read, smarter. Each subscription is $20 per year.”
Canadians Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis run Just One More Book, a blog with great warmth which includes podcast interviews with hundreds of children’s authors and illustrators (here’s his interview with me)–another not-to-be-missed planet on the web. (Okay, I’m guilting you, I know. Maybe you should take a break and…write?)
My very smart friend Heidi Estrin runs the fabulous The Book of Life…”A podcast about Jewish people and the books we read”…marvelous. Check it out.
Another incredibly warm and articulate friend is Esme Raji Codell, who runs Planet Esme–oh, my! She’s turned a second apartment into a…well, yes, a kidlit planet; her mission is to equalize education in American through children’s books.
How about a journalist who has an archive of authors she has interviewed (including me, in 1995)?
USA Writes 4 Kids includes a map of the USA on which you click to find more than 150 children’s authors and playwrights. Reviews by kids, stories by young authors and more.
Los Angeles Public Library ‚Äď To find recommended reading for all ages, click on Kid’s Path, then on the colorful bookmark called Great Books.
Authors for Libraries‚Äď and speaking of libraries, author members of this group (including me) support libraries and speak in libraries.
Learn a new word each day, and receive a daily quote as well (for free!) with A-Word-A-Day
1,000 Pieces of Peace is poet Judy Lucas’s site to gather poems, prose, and “prose pictures about peace” for a book to benefit “the world’s first silly hospital” (based on the work of the real Patch Adams) in West Virginia. If you read this after her deadline has passed, you can still do good–contact Judy through her site.
Listen to Halfway Down the Stairs, a marvelous weekly half-hour children’s radio program. Ruth Buell, aka Uncle Ruthie, weaves children’s books and music seamlessly on one theme each week. It’s one of the longest running children’s radio shows in the country. If you search for the Sept. 12,2009 Rosh Hashanah-themed program, she reads New Year at the Pier–A Rosh Hashanah Story!
CALIFORNIA READERS ~ a marvelous organization whose goal it is to connect authors and artists with students and staff in California
OY! YOU MEAN THERE ARE OTHER SITES TO EXPLORE?!?!?
Never seen the Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard ? At least watch the first seven minutes. Really. You will never be the same.
Speaking of too much stuff, check out my friend Brooks Palmer‚Äôs website. He has helped free me of clutter so I can truly live my life. Beg, steal, or borrow his life-changing book, Clutterbusting–Letting Go of What’s Holding Your Back.
Walk through the galleries of the amazing Bread Art Project, where you can burn your own creation onto a piece of sourdough or rye!
Like Rabbits? Visit the Bunny Museum! This is an interesting museum which includes in its collection copies of both the hardcover and soft cover book To Rabbittown, signed by the illustrator, Robin Spowart, and me.
Is overeating or undereating a problem? Try Overeaters Anonymous If you click on ‚Äúmeetings‚ÄĚ, you‚Äôll find the ones near you‚ÄĒand also phone meetings.
WE ARE ALL ACTIVISTS–CLICK ON THESE TO CHANGE THE WORLD
Help alleviate hunger worldwide with Mazon–and be sure to take their hunger and poverty quiz!
Sponsor a child as I do through Plan, an international, child-centered organization which strengthens communities through projects as diverse as building new schools, micro financing small buisnesses, combating HIV/AIDS and more. (I sponsor Shida in Kenya and Abudat in Ethiopia.) I discovered Plan through my very smart author friend Barbara Bottner.
Peace Action West is a true grass roots organization that’s 98% individual donor funded. The folks at Peace Action West work tirelessly to create a world free of nuclear weapons; to protect human rights by controlling the global trade in lethal weapons; to resolve international conflicts through cooperation and diplomacy, and more. I love these guys.