Who’s Reading What Wednesday: Getting Ready for National Poetry Month

Today for WRWW, I want my readers to know about all the fantastic happenings for National Poetry Month.  Here is the official list.
Thank you to Laura and Irene for organizing a great list for National Poetry month.  You can also find it here at Laura’s “April National Poetry Month” button on my website: www.teachpoetryk12.com.  

Let the poetry party commence!

 2010 KidLit Celebration of National Poetry Month

 30 Poets/30 Days in April 2010


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 Each poem is previously unpublished.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


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

Poems about Teaching


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 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


 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


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 (macrush53@yahoo.com) 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

(Poems will appear on the poet’s site.)

 The following people are challenging themselves to write a poem a day:

Susan Taylor Brown: http://susanwrites.livejournal.com

Mary Lee Hahn: http://readingyear.blogspot.com

Andromeda Jazmon: Haiga Every Day in April!  http://awrungsponge.blogspot.com/

Irene Latham: http://www.irenelatham.com/

Jone MacCulloch: http://deowriter.wordpress.com

Elizabeth Moore: http://tinyreader.blogspot.com/

April Halprin Wayland: http://www.aprilwayland.com/poetry/poetry-month/

There is still time to recieve a postcard with a student poem.  Contact me at machrush53 at yahoo dot com.

Happy Reading.  It is really rainy at the coast for spring break.  I finished The Naughty List by Suzanne Collins.  A review is forthcoming.