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book review: They Call Me Güero

October 9, 2018

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title: They Call Me Güero : A Border Kid’s Poems author: David Bowles date: Cinco Puntos; 2018 main character: Güero poetry; middle grades Review base on an advanced reader’s copy   It’s the perfect time for us, for diverse nerds and geeks, for all woke readers– heroes whose power is traveling through these pages to […]

Happy 100th Birthday, Ms. Gwendolyn Brooks

June 15, 2017

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Writers on Writing: Poetic Narrative/Nikki Grimes

February 2, 2016


Poetry. Poetry collections. Novels in verse. Poems in picture books. These are many of the ways that poetic works engage the minds of young readers. Yesterday’s writer, Margarita Engle is as prolific a poet as today’s writer, Nikki Grimes. Nikki is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, and […]

review: Silver People

May 13, 2014


title: Silver People author: Margarita Engle date: HMH Children’s Books; March 2013 main character: Mateo “Strange as it seems, the ‘globalization’ of international trade did not begin with the Internet but was launched a century ago when a new waterway suddenly made the world seem small.” This line ends Silver People, the story of the […]

Review: Words with Wings

May 3, 2014


Title: Words With Wings Author: Nikki Grimes Date: Wordsong; 2013 Main Character: Gabriella/Gabby I am always amazed at how books I read one after the other share similar themes, plots or characters. On the first leg of my trip to Amarillo, TX last week, I decided it was time to dive into Poetics of Space […]

Male Monday: Frank X. Walker

April 7, 2014

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Frank X. Walker is an African American poet from Danville, KY.  In 2013, he became the Poet Laureate of  the Commonwealth of Kentucky. (Wikipedia) Hes’ the first African American and the youngest person to hold this post.In 2014, He won an NAACP Image Award for his poetry. He’s founder of Affrilachian Poets and is a […]

Male Monday

April 2, 2012

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April is National Poetry Writing  month, National Card and Letter Writing Month,  Jazz Appreciation Month,National Arab American Heritage Month  and National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Here, today, it’s Male Monday! What better day for me to do something I rarely do: share a poem? Sharif S. Elmusa was born in the village of al-Abbasiyya, Palestine. […]

Etheridge Knight Youth Poetry Contest

January 12, 2008

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Call for Entries Legacy Continues for Legendary Poet 17th  Arts Festival   Guidelines for  the  14th  Annual Etheridge Knight  Youth Poetry Contest and applications for the   17th Annual Etheridge Knight Festival of the Arts Po-Rap-Try Concert  are now online at.  The Po-Rap-Try Concert will be held  Saturday, April 12 at  4:00 pm at the Indianapolis […]