Writing and Teaching from the Heart



Two poets — two friends — Georgia Heard & Rebecca Kai Dotlich — reached out to each other to create this book, writing and sharing poems virtually and apart during the tragic events of 2020. The poems in A FIELD GUIDE TO THE HEART take the reader from sadness and loss through healing to hope and love, and invite personal reflections and journaling along the way. The book is unique in that it is both a poetry book and a journal, with space for readers to express themselves in any way that they wish.

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Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Writing

How do we get students to “ache with caring” about their writing instead of mechanically stringing words together? We spend a lot of time teaching the craft of writing but we also need to devote time to helping students write with purpose and meaning. For decades, Georgia Heard has guided students into more authentic writing experiences by using heart maps to explore what we all hold inside: feelings, passions, vulnerabilities, and wonderings. In Heart Maps, Georgia shares 20 unique, multi-genre heart maps to help your students write from the heart, such as the First Time Heart Map, Family Quilt Heart Map, and People I Admire Heart Map. You’ll also find extensive support for using heart maps, including:

  • tips for getting started with heart maps
  • writing ideas to jumpstart student writing in multiple genres from heart maps
  • suggested mentor texts to provide additional inspiration



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The Woman in This Poem: Women’s Voices in Poetry

edited by Georgia Heard (Plum Leaf Press, An Imprint of Rubicon Publishers)
The Woman in This Poem features the work of both classic and contemporary women poets and is organized into five thematic sections, centered on the topics of love, motherhood, work, family and friends, and balance. From the outstanding to the unexpected, this essential collection of poetry will put a lump in your throat, set your soul on fire, and remind you of who you are and how you want to live your life.

Teaching Poetry


Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School (Heinemann)

Awakening the Heart explores how to cultivate the poet in every elementary and middle school student – through well-drawn examples, detailed exercises, creative projects, and down-to-earth classroom teachings. Cited by Instructor Magazine as one of the 10 books every teacher should read.

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Climb Inside a Poem: Reading and Writing Poetry Across the Year by Georgia Heard and Lester Laminack (Heinemann)

Georgia Heard and Lester Laminack tap into children’s poetic natural inclination by demonstrating in a poem-a-week format how reading and writing poetry can support and extend found children’s language and literacy development. Climb Inside a Poem consists of three books: a big book of 29 poems by some of the most popular contemporary children’s poets writing today; practical and specific Monday-to-Friday lesson plans for each of the 29 poems; and a teacher’s guide on how to teach poetry across the school year.

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Poetry Lessons to Meet the Common Core State Standards (Scholastic)

Complete with models poems, sample student work, reproducible student pages, dozens of recommended poems, and poetry collections this resource that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards overflows with joyful ways to teach the richness of language and to kindle a love for poetry in students that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

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For the Good of the Earth and Sun: Teaching Poetry (Heinemann)

For the Good of the Earth and Sun offers a method of teaching poetry that respects the intelligence of students and teachers. This book provides detailed, organized information so that teachers themselves can begin to enjoy and feel knowledgeable about poetry and then pass those feelings onto their students. The author’s text is supplemented by samples of students’ work in original and draft form.

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Nonfiction & Wonder


Finding the Heart of Nonfiction: Teaching 7 Essential Craft Tools with Mentor Texts (Heinemann)

Finding the Heart of Nonfiction : Teaching 7 Essential Craft Tools with Mentor Texts shares ways to integrate mentor texts into classroom nonfiction writing instruction, and teach students to write nonfiction that informs and inspires.

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A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades by Georgia Heard and Jen McDonough (Stenhouse)

A Place for Wonder explores the practical ways teachers can create a classroom environment where students’ questions and observations are part of daily work. It includes how to set up “wonder centers,” teaching nonfiction research writing, and much more.

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Writing Toward Home: Tales and Lessons to Find Your Way (Heinemann)

Writing Toward Home offers practical advice on overcoming some of the obstacles writers of all ages face: writer’s block; fear of rejection; confronting silencing critics in your head; finding the time to write. Each short chapter speaks to the larger truths about writing and how to truly live the writer’s life: how to become more of a risk taker; how to excavate the past as a source; and how to become an acute observer of the world.

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The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques That Work (New Edition!) (Heinemann)

Georgia Heard shows you how to reassure your students that revision is not an indicator of bad writing, but an integral part of the writing process. The Revision Toolbox provides ready-to-use strategies that take the mystery out of teaching revision and help even the most reluctant writers revise.

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Children’s Books


The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems (Roaring Brook Press)

Imagine finding poetry on a scrap of paper tossed on the floor, or on a sign at the gas station, or in graffiti scrawled on the subway wall. This is the found poem: taking existing words, phrases, and sentences from the unlikeliest of places and refashioning them as poetry. Georgia Heard invited 30+ of the best contemporary children’s poets to “find” poems in ordinary places.

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Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems (Roaring Brook Press)

Falling Down the Page is a collection of list poems to inspire young poets to write their own poems.
Each list poem is carefully selected so that readers see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Some of the poets include: Lee Bennett Hopkins; Jane Yolen; Naomi Shihab Nye; Liz Rosenberg; and Eileen Spinelli, Rebecca Kai Dotlich and many others!

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Creatures of Earth, Sea and Sky: Animal Poems (Boyds Mills Press)

Creatures of land, water, and sky are featured here in short poems for early readers. The book is written and illustrated with a reverence for the natural world and for wildlife and will find an audience not only in children but in nature-lovers of all ages.

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This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort edited by Georgia Heard (Candlewick Press)

This anthology of beautiful and powerful poems and illustrations will help children all over the world get through difficult times and continue “to live,” “to laugh,” and “to sing.”

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Songs of Myself: An Anthology of Poems and Art (Mondo)

Georgia Heard brings together twelve poems and one traditional song about identity and the self with a variety of original art as illustrations.

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Boom! Bellow! Bleat!: Animal Poems for Two or More Voices

This playful collection of poems–peppered with an astounding variety of animal sounds–is meant to be read aloud together.

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