Poetry People: A Practical Guide to Children's Poets

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Overview

Dr. Sylvia Vardell's new children's poetry reference book provides a comprehensive introduction to more than 60 contemporary young people's poets. Focusing primarily on those who are still actively writing today, the author includes poets appropriate for young children through young adults. Each entry features brief biographical information, highlights selected poetry books authored, showcases awards won, notes related Web sites, and provides suggestions for making connections (programming ideas, related books and activities). The book is ideal for librarians who serve children and young adults, as well as for teachers and others who work with children and young adults. Beginning with Arnold Adoff the list of poets is both impressive and informative. A sample: Francisco Alarcon, Aileen Fisher, Douglas Florian, Nikki Giovanni, Kristine O'Connell George, Jane Yolen, Eloise Greenfield, John Ciardi and many more!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The guide is aimed at librarians and teachers wishing to promote an interest in poetry. Each entry includes a brief biography of the poet, a recommended Web site on their work, and a discussion of their more popular books and poems….This guide lives up to its title and provides educators with a practical approach to introducing the world of poetry to young readers."

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Lawrence Looks at Books

"With an emphasis on poets who are actively writing today, this resource for librarians profiles 62 contemporary writers of poetry for young people. Each entry includes brief biographical information on a particular poet, followed by a discussion of his or her work and some programming suggestions. Vardell (library and information studies, Texas Woman's U.) also provides a list of emerging Poets to Watch and supplies URLs for some popular poetry websites."

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Reference & Research Book News

"Vardell has created a comprehensive survey of 62 contemporary children's poets. Each of the one- to three-page entries begins with a brief biography and includes Web sites, bibliographies, suggestions for use and reading of specific poems, plus connections to other children's literature….The valuable appendixes include promotion activities, a caldendar of poets' birthdays, awards the different writers have won, and a bibliography of poems about libraries and reading. This book will be welcomed by all adults interested in connecting children with poetry."

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School Library Journal

"Often considered literature for older readers, poetry has been one of the most neglected genres for the younger reader, even in the classroom. This helpful resource provides appealing curricular information for even the most reluctant and skeptical teacher….In providing a wealth of contemporary children's poetry resources for today's educator, this comprehensive guide is a must in every school and curriculum library."

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American Reference Books Annual

School Library Journal

In an effort to "provide children with a bridge from Mother Goose rhymes of preschool to the classic poems they will likely encounter in high school, college and beyond," Vardell has created a comprehensive survey of 62 contemporary children's poets. Each of the one- to three-page entries begins with a brief biography and includes Web sites, bibliographies, suggestions for use and reading of specific poems, plus connections to other children's literature. The author suggests, for example, connecting Alice Schertle's How Now, Brown Cow? (Harcourt, 1994) with Doreen Cronin's Click, Clack, Moo (S & S, 2000) and provides ideas for student discussion and writing. The valuable appendixes include promotion activities, a calendar of poets' birthdays, awards the different writers have won, and a bibliography of poems about libraries and reading. This book will be welcomed by all adults interested in connecting children with poetry.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591584438
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

SYLVIA M. VARDELL is Professor, Literature for Children and Young Adults, School of Library & Information Studies, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

The Poet Profiles

Arnold Adoff

Francisco X. Alarcon

Kathi Appelt

Brod Bagert

Calef Brown

Deborah Chandra

John Ciardi

Kalli Dakos

Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Barbara Esbensen

Aileen Fisher

Paul Fleischman

Ralph Fletcher

Douglas Florian

Helen Frost

Kristine O'Connell George

Nikki Giovanni

Joan Bransfield Graham

Eloise Greenfield

Nikki Grimes

Monica Gunning

Avis Harley

David Harrison

Georgia Heard

Juan Felipe Herrera

Anna Grossnickle Hines

Mary Ann Hoberman

Sara Holbrook

Lee Bennett Hopkins

Paul Janeczko

Bobbi Katz

X. J. Kennedy

Karla Kuskin

Dennis Lee

Constance Levy

J. Patrick Lewis

Myra Cohn Livingston

Michio Mado

David McCord

Eve Merriam

Lillian Moore

Pat Mora

Lillian Morrison

Naomi Shihab Nye

Mary O'Neill

Jose-Luis Orozco

Jack Prelutsky

Alice Schertle

Carol Diggory Shields

Joyce Sidman

Diane Siebert

Shel Silverstein

Marilyn Singer

Charles R. Smith Jr.

Gary Soto

Joyce Carol Thomas

Judith Viorst

Carole Boston Weatherford

Nancy Willard

Janet Wong

Valerie Worth

Jane Yolen

More Poets

Awards for Poetry for Young People

Calendar of Poet Birthdays

Poet Promotion Activities

How to Share Poetry

Poet Biographies, Autobiographies and Memoirs

Popular Poetry Web Sites

Poetry Anthologies

Poems About Libraries and Reading

Poetry Practices Checklist

References

Bibliography

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