I’m so excited to be part of PoetryTagTime, a poetry e-book! It’s a groundbreaking project from Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.
As so many of us despair about getting poetry published, getting it into the hands of kids, Sylvia and Janet took action and created a fantastic e-book. They planned out the PoetryTagTime event for Sylvia’s April poetry project, but then they took that project digital. Teachers and poetry lovers of all stripes will be able to download the book and share 30 never-before published poems, each one connecting somehow to the one before and the one after. I wrote my poem after one by anthologist, poet, and inspirer (Seeing the Blue Between, Hey You!, and a million more) Paul Janeczko, and I tagged witty, wry poet, Robert Weinstock (Can You Dig It?, Food Hates You, Too). It’s as much fun to read about the connections as it is to read the actual poems!
Here’s the scoop:
Just in time for National Poetry Month, look for the first ever electronic-only poetry anthology of new poems by top poets for children (ages 0-8), PoetryTagTime, compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong and available for only 99 cents at Amazon. This collection of 30 new, unpublished poems range from the humorous to serious, about tongues, turtles and toenails, in acrostics, quatrains, and free verse written by 30 of our best children’s poets. And the “connections” between poems as the poets voice how their poems are interconnected in this game of poetry tag adds another layer of fun and meaning. You’ll be able to share brand-new poems and poetry tips with children all month long for pennies a day!
Even if you don’t own a Kindle, you can download the free Kindle app for a number of devices, including your Windows or Apple computer, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android-powered phone. Also, be sure to check out our web site (PoetryTagTime.com) and companion blog (PoetryTagTime.Blogspot) for strategies for sharing each of the 30 poems in the book, rolling out one per day throughout the month of April.
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Also, Sylvia’s blog features poetry book reviews and teaching ideas all month!
So, yesterday I downloaded the Kindle app for my iPhone and bought PoetryTagTime. Thanks, Sylvia and Janet, for bringing great poetry to more kids, for putting me in an anthology with so many poets whose work I love, and for, ahem, forcing me to finally actually read an e-book:>)