Edited to Add: Here's is a link to my updated list of resources for National Poetry Month, which I posted on March 3, 2009.
Resources for National Poetry Month
Here’s an updated version of a Blue Rose Girls blog I posted for National Poetry Month last year. It includes links to websites with poetry resources for children, teachers, homeschoolers, and anyone else who happens to be a poetry lover like me.
ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS: SCHOLASTIC’S WRITING WITH WRITERS
Poetry Writing with Writers (Main Page)
Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutsky (Grades 1-4)
Writing I Spy Riddles with Jean Marzollo (Grades 2-5)
Poetry Writing with Karla Kuskin (Grades 4-8)
POETRY RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS
Celebrate Poetry…all year long!: Find some great poetry ideas for teachers from award-winning poet Kristine O’Connell George
Favorite Poem Project’s Poetry Lesson Plans and Projects: Find ideas for poetry activities developed by teachers who participated in the Summer Poetry Institutes for Teachers, which were sponsored by Robert Pinsky’s Favorite Poem Project and the Boston University School of Education.
Representative Poetry Online from the University of Toronto: This site includes more than 3,000 English poems by 500 poets, a glossary of poetic terms, and a link to the Canadian Poetry website.
Teach Now! National Poetry Month (From Scholastic): Here you will find a wealth of poetry ideas and resources under the following headings: Poems and Classroom Activities, Poetry Writing Workshops and Events, and Poetry Resources.
Poetry Resources: Tricia Stohr-Hunt provides links to more than two dozen websites with poetry resources at Open Wide, Look Inside, her blog about using poetry and children’s literature across the curriculum.
April Is National Poetry Month! (From Read Write Think): Includes links to poetry lesson plans and other resources.
Tips for Teachers from the Academy of American Poets: Includes creative suggestions for helping to make poetry a more integral part of school life during April and throughout the year.
From the Yale New Haven Teacher Institute: Three Entire Curriculum Units for Teachers
From the Children’s Book Council
CHILDREN’S POETRY BOOK LISTS
From the Children’s Book Council: Lists of Children’s Poetry Books from 1999 to the Present
From the Poetry Foundation: Essential Children’s Collection (Compiled by Dr. Sylvia Vardell & Bernadette Nowakowski)
ONLINE ARTICLES ABOUT CHILDREN’S POETRY
From the Children’s Book Council
Good Poetry for Trying Out Loud by Sylvia M. Vardell, Ph. D. (Sylvia served on the Cybils poetry-nominating panel. Visit her blog Poetry for Children.)
From The Horn Book Website: The following articles appeared in the May/June 2005 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Poets & Poetry.
I highly recommend ordering the May/June 2005 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. It not only includes articles about poetry—it also has poems written by Douglas Florian, Mary Ann Hoberman, Eloise Greenfield, Nikki Grimes, George Ella Lyon, Marilyn Nelson, David Greenberg, Kristine O’Connell George, Ron Koertge, Paul B. Janeczko, Marilyn Singer, Walter Dean Myers, Alice Schertle, Constance Levy, Betsy Hearne, Karla Kuskin, Jane Yolen, Janet Wong. It’s like a mini poetry anthology for children.
A SAMPLING OF CHILDREN'S POETS’ WEBSITES
The Academy of American Poets
I'm doing the Poetry Friday Roundup this week. Leave a brief note and the URL of your poetry post here.