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No Water River

A generous resource for kids, parents, techers and writers interested in children’s poetry and picture books.

ALA Poetry Blast @ Sylvia Vardell’s “Poetry for Children”

Poetry Blast

Sylvia Vardell’s “Poetry for Children” blog is invaluable for children’s poetry lovers.   Dr. Vardell and poet Janet Wong are the creators of the highly acclaimed Poetry Friday Anthology series.

Poetry Minute

Poetry Minute

Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt helps teachers share poetry with their students by providing poems from the beginning of September until the end of June.  I’m proud to have my poem “Shaggy Dog” included here.  Guess who the poem is about…

Drawing by Stephanie
Drawing by Stephanie

I took my handy dandy FlipCam with me to the 8th annual ALSC Poetry Blast…First up, Stephanie Calmenson.”
—Sylvia Vardell, PhD, Professor, Texas Woman’s University, School of Library & Information Studies

BEST DOG BOOKS – Q & A with Stephanie Calmenson

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No Dogs Allowed!

AOB: Who is your key dog character(s) and what kind of dog is he/she?

* Kate and Lucie are mixed breed dogs. Wait, now they’re girls. No, they’re dogs! Girls…dogs… girls…dogs! Well, when they’re dogs, Kate is a…

“Page 69 is a great page to happen upon even though it’s a full page illustration instead of text because it depicts a madcap scene in the book. Kate and Lucie are best friends and each of them loves dogs and wants to have one, but can’t. One day, at their local thrift shop, The Lucky Find, they try on two sparkly pink dog bone necklaces and discover they’re magic. With a POP! and a WHOOSH! Kate and Lucie turn into dogs.”

NEW YORK TIMES: A Shaggy Human Story

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“Rosie the visiting dog enters the Village Nursing Home on Hudson and West 12th Streets softly, slowly, pridefully. She may look like a black-and-white throw rug ….” Robert Lipsyte, NY Times


AOB: What inspired you to write this story?
* I wanted to share Rosie’s story in the hope of getting more people involved in Visiting Dog programs. Rosie’s brought so much joy to…

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