Poetry People

A Practical Guide to Children's Poets

by Sylvia M. Vardell


Providing a complete reference source for information concerning more than 60 children's poets, this new title will be invaluable to school and public librarians.

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June 2007

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Pages 184
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Children's and Young Adult Services/Literature Reference Tools
  Children's and Young Adult Programs/Literature Applications
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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!

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionThe Poet ProfilesArnold AdoffFrancisco X. AlarconKathi AppeltBrod BagertCalef BrownDeborah ChandraJohn CiardiKalli DakosRebecca Kai DotlichBarbara EsbensenAileen FisherPaul FleischmanRalph FletcherDouglas FlorianHelen FrostKristine O'Connell GeorgeNikki GiovanniJoan Bransfield GrahamEloise GreenfieldNikki GrimesMonica GunningAvis HarleyDavid HarrisonGeorgia HeardJuan Felipe HerreraAnna Grossnickle HinesMary Ann HobermanSara HolbrookLee Bennett HopkinsPaul JaneczkoBobbi KatzX. J. KennedyKarla KuskinDennis LeeConstance LevyJ. Patrick LewisMyra Cohn LivingstonMichio MadoDavid McCordEve MerriamLillian MoorePat MoraLillian MorrisonNaomi Shihab NyeMary O'NeillJose-Luis OrozcoJack PrelutskyAlice SchertleCarol Diggory ShieldsJoyce SidmanDiane SiebertShel SilversteinMarilyn SingerCharles R. Smith Jr.Gary SotoJoyce Carol ThomasJudith ViorstCarole Boston WeatherfordNancy WillardJanet WongValerie WorthJane YolenMore PoetsAwards for Poetry for Young PeopleCalendar of Poet BirthdaysPoet Promotion ActivitiesHow to Share PoetryPoet Biographies, Autobiographies and MemoirsPopular Poetry Web SitesPoetry AnthologiesPoems About Libraries and ReadingPoetry Practices ChecklistReferencesBibliography



"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."American Reference Books Annual

"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."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."School Library Journal

"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."Lawrence Looks at Books


"Vardell has created a most important poetry treasury. Every public and school library should have at least a few copies of this readable, useful, not-to-be-missed resource. This is a reference volume that will leap from shelves."—Lee Bennett Hopkins

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