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For starters, please feel free to download or copy whatever material you can use from my site. What you'll find here are student writing prompts, recommended lists of poetry for grades K-12 (one for elementary schools, and a second list of YA titles), and ideas for presenting poetry to your students. The list will change from time to time as I come across new and exciting titles to add, or when existing titles go out of print.

If you're planning a conference for which I'll be a featured speaker, please download these lists and idea sheets for your conferees.

That's it. I hope you find something you can use!

Persons of Color Literary Panel for Young Readers Resource List
In response to many requests from conference and event organizers, as well as public and private schools, for a list of authors and illustrators who are Persons of Color, we have pulled together this list which is incomplete, but it’s a start. We respect your efforts to diversify your roster of speakers. Persons of Color Literary Panel for Young Readers Resource List
If you are a trade-published author or illustrator who is a Person of Color, and you would like to be added to this list, please send us an e-mail. Names will be added every quarter.
Click on the image at right to bring up a Google Sheet with names, category of books, state, and contact information. You can sort the columns, perform a search, or print this list.
Resources
"What Makes a Book 'Appropriate' for School?" Nikki Grimes, Publishers Weekly, 27 Aug 2021
 
Nikki Grimes' Word Economy Exercise Template
Popular Poetry Teaching Tools
#HFGather: A Poetry Chat with Nikki Grimes and Sarah Aronson (2020)
50 Black Young Adult Novelists You Should Read, from Angie Thomas to Walter Dean Myers,” Mary Cadden, USA Today, 17 Feb 2021
Brief List of K-6 Poetry Titles, recommended by Nikki Grimes
Brief List of Young Adult Poetry Titles, recommended by NikkiGrimes
Begin a Poem with a Picture: Poet Nikki Grimes shows how you can write a picture poem,” Instructor, Jan/Feb 1995 (PDFfile, 547kb)
Have a Heart,” Creative Classroom, Jan/Feb 1999 (PDFfile, 1,413 kb)
Sideyard,” originally published in From a Child's Heart by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Brenda Joysmith, © 1993 by Nikki Grimes (PDFfile, 843 kb)
Educators' Guides
Click on any of the titles below. Many of the guides and activities can be printed directly from the website.
Aneesa Lee and the Weaver's Gift
Teacher's Guide
Multiple Intelligence Projects
Imagery
At Break of Day
Discussion and Activity Guide for Parochial Schools
Multiple Intelligence Projects for Public Schools
Teacher's Guide for Public Schools
At Jerusalem's Gate
Discussion Questions and Projects
Barack Obama:
Son of Promise, Child of Hope
Teacher's Guide
Between the Lines
Discussion and Activity Guide
Bronx Masquerade
Bronx Masquerade, an Insider's Perspective
Now what? Life after Open Mike Friday ...
Comprehension Guide
Match-Up
Multiple Intelligence Projects
Discussion and Activity Guide
Teacher's Guide
C is for City
Teacher's Guide
Multiple Intelligence Projects
Vocabulary Graph
Chasing Freedom
Teacher's Guide
Come Sunday
Discussion and Activity Guide for Parochial Schools
Multiple Intelligence Projects for Public Schools
Teacher's Guide for Public Schools
Danitra Brown, Class Clown
Discussion Questions
Multiple Intelligence Projects
Danitra Brown Leaves Town
Multiple Intelligence Projects
Comprehension Guide
Dark Sons
Discussion Questions and Projects
A Dime a Dozen
Comprehension Guide
Multiple Intelligence Projects
Garvey's Choice
Educator / Discussion Guide
A Girl Named Mister
Discussion Guide
Hopscotch Love
Comprehension Guide
Multiple Intelligence Projects
 
Jazmin's Notebook
Teacher's Guide
Multiple Intelligence Projects
Comprehension Guide
Story Pyramid
My Man Blue
Multiple Intelligence Projects
Teacher'sGuide
Oh, Brother!
Discussion Questions and Projects
One Last Word
Teacher's Guide
Planet Middle School
Teacher's Guide
Pocketful of Poems
Teacher'sGuide
Multiple Intelligence Projects
Poetry Toolbox: Personification
Poems in the Attic
Teacher's Guide
The Road to Paris
Teaching Guide from School Street Media
Shoe Magic
Teacher's Guide
Multiple Intelligence Projects
Shoe Magic Graph
Stepping Out with Grandma Mac
Teacher's Guide
Multiple Intelligence Projects
Tai Chi Morning
Teaching Guide
Multiple Intelligence Projects

Note-Taking Worksheet

Talkin' About Bessie
Teacher's Guide
Multiple Intelligence Projects
Character Rating
Character Map
Thanks a Million
Discussion Questions and Projects
Multiple Intelligence Projects
What is Goodbye?
Teaching Guide
Emotions Worksheet
When Gorilla Goes Walking
Discussion Questions and Across the Curriculum
Words with Wings
Teacher's Guide

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