Sylvia M. Vardell is Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University. She has published extensively, including five books on literature for children and over 100 journal articles. Her current work focuses on poetry for children, including a regular blog, PoetryforChildren. She is also the regular "Everyday Poetry" columnist for ALA's BookLinks magazine and the 2014 recipient of the ALA Scholastic Library Publishing Award.
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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.
"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."
"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