Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week!
I’ll be sharing more about NCTE over the next couple of weeks here, but I finished up the conference with a session where the Poetry Committee shares its picks for best books of the year. You can find the entire list, which was announced earlier this year, here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/WebVault/SLJ/SLJ_Mar2016_NotablePoetryList.pdf
New committee members (not the prior members, who are the ones who actually selected the books, which was surprising) introduced and usually shared a poem or a few lines from the poems, and it was fun to see a few Poetry Friday regulars there in the audience and featured in the presentation.
Lesley Colabucci shared Lee Bennett Hopkins’ Amazing Places, and she read Charles Waters’ “Fenway Park“!
Trish Bandre shared Lee Bennett Hopkins’ Lullaby and Kisses Sweet, which, like many of Lee’s wonderful anthologies, features many Poetry Friday participants. And somebody started to share Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s “Book Pillows” poem from Lee Bennett Hopkins’ Jumping Off Library Shelves (yep, he has THREE books on the list), and then Terry Young said, “You know the author of that poem is right here.” So they had Amy read her poem to the room, which was just magic. And they showed Irene Latham’s Progressive Poem and asked me to share a little about the experience. (I was not prepared for that and not very eloquent.) And Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, the Poetry Friday Anthology Power Duo–that is the new title I’m giving them–were there and donated TONS of books and class sets of poem cards as door prizes.
OK, that wasn’t all, but it’s a few highlights. My phone started about 1/4 of the way into the session. So annoying. But check out the list of poetry books! There are some on there I haven’t read yet, plus a bunch I already knew I loved.
This session was such a nice way to close out NCTE for me. Poetry love all around!