This section includes:
- Persons of Color Literary Panel Resource List
- Educators’ Guides
- Banned Books Resource List
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
“Children’s Institute 2023: Nikki Grimes and Brian Pinkney Collaborate in A Walk in the Woods,” Antonia Saxon, Publishers Weekly, 19 May 2023
“Nikki Grimes’ Wild Ride,” Raven Howell in Bookbug, Story Monsters Ink, February 2023
“Celebrating Poetry Month: Nikki Grimes,” Avalon Felice Lee, Diverse Verse, 28 April 2022
“What Makes a Book ‘Appropriate’ for School?” Nikki Grimes, Publishers Weekly, 27 Aug 2021
Nikki Grimes’ Word Economy Exercise Template
#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
“Begin a Poem with a Picture: Poet Nikki Grimes shows how you can write a picture poem,” Instructor, Jan/Feb 1995
“Have a Heart,” Creative Classroom, Jan/Feb 1999
“Sideyard,” originally published in From a Child’s Heart by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Brenda Joysmith, © 1993 by Nikki Grimes
Click on any of the titles below. The guides and activities can be printed directly from the website.
Aneesa Lee and the Weaver’s Gift
At Break of Day
At Jerusalem’s Gate
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
Between the Lines
Between the Lines: Foster Kids Resource List
Bronx Masquerade: An Insider’s Perspective
Your students are caught up in the excitement of Open Mike Friday. Poetry is their newest passion. Now what?
C is for City
Danitra Brown, Class Clown
Danitra Brown Leaves Town
A Dime a Dozen
Garvey in the Dark
A Girl Named Mister
My Man Blue
One Last Word
School Library Journal, “A Renaissance Woman,” Luann Toth, Feb 3, 2017
Planet Middle School
Pocketful of Poems
Poems in the Attic
The Road to Paris
Teacher’s Guide by School Street Media
Stepping Out with Grandma Mac
Tai Chi Morning
Talkin’ About Bessie
Thanks a Million
What is Goodbye?
When Gorilla Goes Walking
Words with Wings