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Poetry Aloud Here 2: Sharing Poetry with Children
Sylvia M.Vardell
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1177-8
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $46.00
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296 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1177-8
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: A, C, G

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Since Poetry Aloud Here! was published, poetry written for young people has gained interest as an educational tool. This revamped and expanded followup guides educators toward innovative ways to use poetry and establish an atmosphere that encourages individual participation and creativity. Blending information and inspiration, Vardell
  • Offers practical strategies for reading aloud and teaching poetry in both formal and informal situations
  • Details best practices gleaned from years in the field, with numerous suggestions that cross the curriculum––from literature to science and math
  • Includes expanded lists of poems, poet profiles, book-poetry pairings, and other tools useful for programming and collection development
Updated with a new bibliography, this book is the perfect resource that helps librarians and educators use poetry to fire children’s imaginations.
Table of Contents


Chapter One Why Make Poetry a Priority?
Chapter Two Which Poets Are Popular?
Chapter Three What Poetry Do Children Enjoy?
Chapter Four How Do You Promote Poetry?
Chapter Five How Do You Present Poetry to Children?
Chapter Six What Happens after You Share the Poem?

One Final Word

Appendix A Poems Cited in “Ten Strategies for Sharing Poetry Out Loud”
Appendix B Noteworthy Poets Writing for Young People
Appendix C Bibliography of Children’s Poetry Books

About the Author

Sylvia M. Vardell is currently a professor at Texas Woman’s University in the School of Library and Information Studies, where she teaches graduate courses in children’s and young adult literature. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1983. She has published articles in Book Links, Language Arts, English Journal, Reading Teacher, New Advocate, Young Children, Social Education, and Horn Book, as well as several chapters and books on language and literature, including The Poetry Teacher’s Book of Lists, Poetry People: A Practical Guide to Children’s Poets, and the popular Poetry Friday series coedited with Janet Wong. Her current work focuses on poetry for children. Since 2006 she has organized and hosted the annual Poetry Round-Up at the Texas Library Association Conference. She recently was coeditor of the international journal Bookbird and previously was president of the Children’s Literature Assembly and of the United States Board on Books for Young People. She blogs at Poetry for Children.

”The inclusion of both a list of references and an index make this volume valuable not only for reading cover to cover but also as a reference for specific points of integrating poetry into a classroom or other setting with children. While the focus is elementary students, the techniques and tips can often extend to older children as well. "

"[A] stellar reference and teaching volume, which is highly recommended for those who hope to extend the reach of poetry beyond the pages of books."
— Booklist

"The chapter on how to promote poetry is a gem and provides links to curriculum. The ‘Practitioner Perspectives’ side boxes give solid advice. Helpful back matter, including an index and a bibliography of poetry books and professional resource tools, makes this title one not to be missed."
— School Library Journal

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