It’s National Poetry Month in the USA, and we are celebrating with a Poetry Palooza on The Children’s Hour! We’re joined by poet and educator, Allan Wolf

Wolf’s books for young people showcase his love of research, history, science, and poetry. His latest YA novel, Who Killed Christopher Goodman?, is based on the murder of a high school friend during the summer of 1979. His latest book of poems for kids, The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems To Take You Into Space and Back Again, is now in bookstores, just in time for the 50th Anniversary of the Landing on the Moon!  Wolf’s fifth novel, The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep: Voices from the Donner Party, is due in bookstores Fall, 2020.

Allan teaches us how to write our own poems and we want to teach you too! Evan brought up cinquain poetry. Click here for a MasterClass taught by former US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins on how to create a cinquain poem of your own.

Once you write a poem of any kind, we would love to hear it! You can record it on our SpeakPipe Voicemail! Just click the button.

There are numerous poems shared on this episode, including our guest’s own work, but also we hear classic poems from Robert Lewis Stevenson, and newer poems from CJ Janovy and Eloise Greenfield.

This show is mixed with great music, all of which is its own kind of poetry. Happy Poetry Month from The Children’s Hour!


Recorded at the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Chad Scheer. Production help provided by Eli Henley, our Senior Producer is Christina Stella. Katie Stone is our Executive Producer.

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Playlist: Poetry Palooza

Wake UpThe Ditty BopsThe Ditty Bops2004 Warner Records Inc.
Can You Write a Song About Broccoli?Ben Tatar and the Tatar TotsSeconds2021 Ben Tatar Music
Haiku SongAllan Wolfsingle - Live on TCH2023 Allan Wolf
The Muffin ManElla JenkinsNursery Rhymes: Rhyming & Remembering for Young Children & for Older Girls & Boys With Special Language Needs1995 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
SidecarPodington BearSpringtime2016 Hush
Think About Your TroublesAsylum Street SpankersMommy Says No!2007 Yellow Dog Records
Here's a Few ThingsCJ JanovyWildflowers2014 Various Artists
Last Night I Had the Strangest DreamPete SeegerIf I Had a Hammer: Songs of Hope & Struggle1998 Smithsonian Folkways
Itsy Bitsy SpiderVictor JohnsonKid At Heart2005 P-POP
Fragile, Do Not DropPodington BearThe Box Set2008 HUSH
Oh, WordsEloise GreenfieldHip Hop Speaks to Children2008 Sourcebooks Explore
Words In My MouthWookiefootActivate2006 Wookiefoot
KittenPodington BearBackground2014 Hush
Nina PoetaNathaliaMil Colores2022 Nathalia Palis, Brian McLaughlin
Just BeElliott ParkJust Be2018 Elliott Park
What Does Love Look Like?Strawbitty YopsWhat Does Love Look Like? - Single2023 Righteous Tidings Records
Toodaloo KangarooAllegra LevySongs for You and Me2023 Little Moon Records

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