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National Poetry Month and Jane Yolen

April 26, 2018

National Poetry Month has been lucky for me. At the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference this past weekend, I won a Limited Edition poem from Jane Yolen.

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Jane Yolen is an extraordinarily talented, award-winning author of books, poetry, and so much more. She is an icon in the children’s literature community.

As a children’s book writer, I will cherish this poem not only because it was created by Jane Yolen but for how the poem speaks to the writer in me.

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Earth Day and Poetry

April 19, 2018

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22nd, and this is National Poetry Month. I thought it would be fun to celebrate books that combine poetic text and environmental themes. Take a look.

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A Walk Through the Woods written by Louise Greig and illustrated by Helen Musselwhite, Sterling Children’s Books, 2018

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Earth Verse  Haiku from the Ground Up written by Sally M. Walker and illustrated by William Grill, Candlewick Press, 2018

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When Green Becomes Tomatoes written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Julie Morstad, Roaring Brook Press, 2016

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Best in Snow written by April Pulley Sayre and photographs by April Pulley Sayre, Beach Lane Books, 2016.

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Thunder Underground written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Josée Masse, Wordsong, 2017

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We Planted a Tree written by Diane Muldrow and illustrated by Bob Staake, Dragonfly Books, 2016

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Water Is Water written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin, Roaring Brook Press, 2015

This year’s Earth Day campaign is End Plastic Pollution. Here’s a book you won’t want to miss.

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One Plastic Bag written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, Millbrook Press, 2015

 

 

Put Some Backbone into Your Poetry

April 12, 2018

If you’re a reader like me, you have books everywhere.

It’s National Poetry Month. Try creating a spine poem. It’s a great activity to do with kids.

Pick out some books and arrange the titles to create a poem.

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You can see what happens when you find just the right titles to create a poem.

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Put some backbone into your poetry and try creating a spine poem. Have fun!

 

 

 

 

April Is Poetry Month

April 5, 2018

Poetry is rhythm, rhyme, lyrical language, imagery, emotion, and so much more. Think of the words of Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Walt Whitman …

Encourage your youngsters to get hooked on poetry. Begin by choosing fun poems with rhyme and rhythm. Think of the words of Mother Goose, Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky …

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R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet written by Judy Young and illustrated by Victor Juhasz is an excellent book to share with readers. It introduces different forms of poetry and gives examples and explanations of how each is written. It’s a perfect book that lets youngsters explore how to write a variety of poetry and how they can employ those techniques to create their own masterpieces.

Poetry is a special literary device that can make readers laugh, love, cry, and carry the words in their heads and hearts. Take time to feed your soul with a good poem.

 

 

 

 

Hooked on Poetry

April 6, 2017

April is National Poetry Month.

What is poetry?

If you ask a child, the answer most likely would be that poetry is something that rhymes. This is true, but we also know that poetry is much more than that. Let’s look at poetry from a child’s point of view. Poems that rhyme are fun because they have rhythm and beat. Kids get into that. If a poem is funny, that’s even a better incentive to get kids hooked on poetry. Exposure to different types of poetry is key to getting kids to read more, more, more.

Mother Goose rhymes are a great starting point to engage children. Most are short and can be acted out. Don’t delay. Unlock the door to poetry, step inside with your child, and enjoy. Take a gander at the poetry books below and see which ones tickle your fancy. There is something for everyone.

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Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose: One Hundred Best-Loved Verses illustrated by Mary Engelbreit, HarperCollins

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Lullaby & Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love with Your Baby selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Alyssa Nassner, Abrams Appleseed, Board Books

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Poems to Learn by Heart selected by Caroline Kennedy and illustrated by Jon J. Muth, Disney Press

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Keep a Pocket in Your Poem: Classic Poems and Playful Parodies selected and written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Johanna Wright, Wordsong

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Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Kristi Valiant, Dial Books

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Where the Sidewalk Ends written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein

 

April – National Poetry Month

April 7, 2016

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

Poetry is an ideal way to encourage oral language skills in children. It has a rhythmic quality with rhymes, sounds, and patterns. Poetry is like a dance with words. It can be slow with beautiful images of quiet and calm, or it can be fast with quick rhymes that elicit smiles from young listeners. Poems are something that can be shared again and again for the enjoyment of all.

Here are two poetry books I’d like to share with you – especially if you have young children or grandchildren. Both of these books have poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, a talented poet, poet anthologist, and the recipient of the Regina Medal Award for 2016.

 

Lullaby & Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love With Your Baby selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Alyssa Nassner, Harry N. Abrams Board Books

This book contains original poems by well-known authors such as Lee Bennett Hopkins, Laura Purdie Salas, Ann Whitford Paul, J. Patrick Lewis, and Jane Yolen.  It’s divided into five sections:  Family, Firsts, Bedtime, Play, and Food. Each section includes poems that are attention-grabbing and fun. This book is sweet, snappy, and delightfully entertaining for all, and it’s a perfect gift!

Jumping Off Library Shelves:  A Book of Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Jane Manning, Wordsong

This is a collection of fifteen poems written by well-known authors that explores the library and all the magic that takes place inside. Readers will enjoy Jane Manning’s enchanting illustrations done in soft pastels. This is another keeper!


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