Tell Your Story: Poetry

Good poetry for children connects them with their emotions, serves as a bridge between cultures, promotes language learning, helps them learn to read and enriches the school curriculum.

Poetry contains emotionally charged words, uses only a few words to say a great deal, is melodic – sings as it says, contains rhythm repetition and rhyme, captures the essence of a concept, has layers of meaning, and is the natural language of childhood.

Maybe you’d like to begin writing poetry for children, or you have some poems and want to learn more about how to get them+ published. Whichever it is, we believe your poems can inspire children, and we’d love to help.

Workshops for Poets

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Free #HFGather: 2023 Scholarship Celebration and Information Session

Free #HFGather: 2023 Scholarship Celebration and Information Session

Native Creatives: An In-Community Retreat

Native Creatives: An In-Community Retreat

Read Like a Writer (A One-Night Mini Course)

Read Like a Writer (A One-Night Mini Course)

The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing (Spring)

The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing (Spring)

The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing (Fall)

The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing (Fall)

Intro to Verse Novels: A Virtual Tour of Limitations and Liberations of Verse Novels

Intro to Verse Novels: A Virtual Tour of Limitations and Liberations of Verse Novels

Summer Camp in Fiction: Explore, Play, and Inspire

Summer Camp in Fiction: Explore, Play, and Inspire

Summer Camp in Nonfiction: Explore, Engage, and Inspire

Summer Camp in Nonfiction: Explore, Engage, and Inspire

Writing for the Educational Market

Writing for the Educational Market

Poetry for Kids: A World of Publishing Possibilities

Poetry for Kids: A World of Publishing Possibilities

Inspiring Children Through Story

“My picture book ... deals with parents separating. One little boy, who parents recently divorced, went to bed with [it] many nights. This deeply moved me to know this picture book helped this little boy.

"I tutor 2nd grade reluctant readers. My understanding of picture book structure and prose allows me to help them learn more than words. Rather than just read the story, we talk about it."

"You mean I get to keep this book forever?"

…Spoken by a child in tears who was gifted with one of my books at a school visit and had never owned a book before.

"When I hear kids giggle while I’m reading [my book] I feel like I’ve done the job I intended to do."

Poetry Resources

Donna Janell Bowman
#HFGather: A Poetry Chat

with Nikki Grimes and Sarah Aronson

Magic
The Magic of Metaphor

by Georgia Heard & Rebecca Kai Dotlich

A Jar of Tiny Stars
Writing Poetry for Children

by Bernice Cullinan

Writing Poetry for Children: How to Begin, How to Get Published

Writing Poetry for Children: How to Begin, How to Get Published

Poetry Alive: Performing Your Poems for an Audience

Poetry Alive: Performing Your Poems for an Audience

How to Revise Poetry: 20 Questions to Ask

How to Revise Poetry: 20 Questions to Ask

A Celebration of Poetry with Padma Venkatraman and Margarita Engle

A Celebration of Poetry with Padma Venkatraman and Margarita Engle

Get Involved at the Highlights Foundation

Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

Congratulations to the 2023 ALA Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 ALA Award Winners

Sara Gómez Woolley, 2022 Resident Artist: #WhatIFound @HighlightsFound

Sara Gómez Woolley, 2022 Resident Artist: #WhatIFound @HighlightsFound

Uplifting Indigenous Storytellers on #GivingTuesday

Uplifting Indigenous Storytellers on #GivingTuesday

Khadijah VanBrakle Announces Book Deal

Khadijah VanBrakle Announces Book Deal

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Line drawing of the Barn at Boyds Mills

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