March 31, 2010

Kidlit NaPoMo Who?

It's not quite April 1 yet, but welcome anyway to Kidlit NaPoMo--the 2010 KidLit Celebration of National Poetry Month!

As usual, there's a lot going on around the kidlitosphere. Laura Evans of All Things Poetry has kindly compiled a list, which I've reprinted here, but it's also posted under the “April National Poetry Month” button on her website.

Let the poetry party commence! (And don't forget to visit Book Aunt this week for Poetry Friday!)

30 Poets/30 Days in April 2010 @ GottaBook

Gregory K. features 30 children’s poets, one-a-day during April in a Celebration of Children’s Poetry. Each poem is previously unpublished.

New GLBTQ Teen Poetry @ I'm Here, I'm Queer, What the Hell Do I Read?

Lee Wind is publishing many new Teen voices during April for National Poetry Month.

Poems about Teaching @ A Year of Reading

Mary Lee Hahn will post an original poem about teaching and/or learning each day in April. She will invite other teachers, librarians, students, learners and poets to send her their original teaching and/or learning poems (or links to their poem posts) for inclusion. The more the merrier!

Also at A Year of Reading, Franki will review poetry books and tell about the Poetry Month activities she conducts in the school library throughout April.

Poetry Book Giveaway @ Irene Lathan

Irene Latham is giving away a favorite poetry anthology each Poetry Friday during April 2010. She has instigated a challenge to write a poem a day during April. She invites everybody to join her.

Poetry Makers @ The Miss Rumphius Effect

Tricia Stohr-Hunt interviews 30 children’s poets. She starts off with Mary Ann Hoberman, Children’s Poet Laureate, USA. The list is stellar!

Poetry Potluck @ Jama Rattigan’s alphabet soup

Jama is posting an original poem and favorite recipe each weekday throughout the month of April by some of the Poetry Friday regulars.

Poetry Tag @ Sylvia Vardell's Poetry for Children

For National Poetry Month in April, we’re playing "Poetry Tag" at PoetryForChildren. Sylvia Vardell will be inviting poets to "play" along by offering a poem for readers to enjoy, then "tag" a fellow poet who then shares her/his own poem THAT IS CONNECTED to the previous poem in SOME way—by a theme, word, idea, tone-- and offers a sentence or two explaining that connection. The poets have responded enthusiastically and will be sharing a chain of poems by J. Patrick Lewis, X. J. Kennedy, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Avis Harley, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Joyce Sidman, and more!

Poetry Postcard Project @ Jone MacCulloch

Students write a poem which is placed on a postcard. All of the postcards are decorated. If you want one, send Jone ( your address and she will mail one to you.

More information can be found here:

Thirty Days, Thirty Students, Thirty Poems @ Jone MacCulloch

Each day in April Jone is posting a new student poem on her blog, "Check It Out" (

Share a Poem @ Laura Purdie Salas

Laura Salas will post a children’s poem per day from a poetry book she loves.

Original Poem-A-Day Challenge
The following people are challenging themselves to write a poem a day. Poems will appear on the poet’s site.

Susan Taylor Brown:
Mary Lee Hahn:
Andromeda Jazmon:
Irene Latham:
Jone MacCulloch:
Elizabeth Moore:
April Halprin Wayland:

There may be more, but for now, go forth and enjoy!


Anonymous said...

I'm so excited about this year's poetic adventures! There are so many great things going on.

I'd chat more but I've got a poem or two or three to go write!

Let the festivities begin!

Beverley BevenFlorez said...

Wow, what a fantastic list. Thank you for compiling it! :)

Sarah Stevenson said...

Thanks, Susan and Beverley, for stopping by! I can't take credit for the list, though--that comes from All Things Poetry. :)