To recommend on a regular basis (every two years beginning in 2009) the name of a living American poet or anthologist to the NCTE Executive Committee to receive the NCTE Children's Poetry Award in recognition of his or her aggregate work.
To establish an annual list of Notable Poetry Books published in the current year by any poet, living or deceased, and of any nationality.*
To establish an annual list of Notable Verse Novels published in the current year by any poet, living or deceased, and of any nationality.*
To sustain a collection of poetry books of past and future award winners in the University of Minnesota, Kerlan Collection.
To recognize and foster excellence in children’s poetry by encouraging its publication.
To explore ways to acquaint teachers and children with poetry through such means as publications, programs, and displays.
*Criteria for annual Notable Poetry List and Notable Verse Novel List will be submitted in July 2017.
NCTE Poetry Award Winners
2017 Award Winner: Marilyn Nelson
2015 Annual Report
Chair, Karen Hildebrand (2017)
(Delaware City Schools, OH)
Patricia (Trish) Bandre (2019)
(USD 305, Salina, KS)
Lesley Colabucci (2018)
(Millersville University, PA)
Laretta Henderson (2018)
(University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Lisa Muller (2017)
(Castle High School, Newburgh, IN)
Lisa Patrick (2019)
(Ohio State University, Columbus)
Executive Committee Liaison, Franki Sibberson
(Indian Run Elementary School, Dublin, OH)
NCTE Administrative Liaison, Linda Walters-Moore