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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

 

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Reading: A Cure for the Annoying Things in Life

November 6, 2014

Our Midwest little house on the prairie stands proudly sporting a For Sale sign that has become a permanent fixture in our lawn. Our New England little house in the big woods waits for us to become its permanent residents. Last week we hauled another load of things to make our periodical visits to our new home more comfortable.

Building a house while living halfway across the country had its ups and downs. Before we closed, we did the walk through. Surprise! Surprise! We discovered a list of things the builder and his contractors had missed.

How did cork flooring end up in the laundry room when we ordered tile? And you would think that if you can’t change a light bulb in a bathroom fixture because it’s too close to the ceiling, the fixture should be installed the other way around. And what about the obvious gouges in the hardwood floor and the thermostat that has a mind of its own? All of these things are annoying, but they can be corrected. There was one major thing that put me over the edge. I call it the washing machine incident.

Before attempting to do any laundry in our new fancy-dancy washer, I carefully read the instruction booklet. I followed the directions. I stood by to make sure the washer was working the way it should. When I felt comfortable, I left the room. BIG MISTAKE! Within minutes of my leaving, the washer began to empty water from the machine to get ready for the rinse cycle. The water from the washer went into the hose, down the drain, and came right back up into the laundry room. Soapy water covered the floor and spilled into the mudroom. It was making its way to the hardwood floor in the hallway when my husband’s urgent call for HELP brought dirty clothes, towels, blankets, and anything else we could get our hands on to sop up the water.

What caused this mishap? The pipe the rinse water drains into was capped off just beneath the floor of the laundry room. The plumber failed to connect it to the septic system. HELLO! WHAT WAS HE THINKING? Words I don’t normally use spewed from my mouth that day!

We are back in the Midwest. We stare at the For Sale sign in our front yard and continue to wait for someone to buy our house. It’s very discouraging! To drown my sorrows, I decided to immerse myself in one of my favorite pastimes – reading children’s books. At the library, I picked up a combination of fiction and non-fiction picture books, a poetry book, and a few chapter books.

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Come to me, my lovelies, and fill my head and heart with all things good!

Books! Books! Books!

August 3, 2012

I’m a school librarian, who, like so many other librarians, has to work with a meager budget.  When it comes to purchasing books, often times, there is little left to go around. Sigh.

In June I was given a monetary gift by a very generous parent to purchase new books for our library. I’m elated to know there are those who genuinely care that books are made available in the school library for children to enjoy. I am so lucky!

Since then I’ve been reading books, book blogs and reviews, trying to find appropriate books that will excite, entertain, and motivate students to read, read, read.

These are the books I’ve chosen. I hope our pre-k through fifth grade students will be pleased when they see them. If you have any other suggestions, I’d be happy to hear them.

For Younger Students:

Z Is for Moose written by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Sight written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Over and Under the Snow written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal 

Goldie and the Three Hares written by Margie Palatini and illustrated by Jack E. Davis

Minette’s Feast written by Susanna Reich and illustrated by Amy Bates

Blackout by John Rocco

For Everyone:

Swirl by SwirlSpirals in Nature written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beth Krommes

BookSpeak!:  Poems About Books written by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Josee Bisaillon

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

Picture Books for Older Students:

Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco

Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln by Patricia Polacco

For Older Students:

Pie  by Sarah Weeks

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire! written by Polly Horvath and illustrated by Sophie Blackwell

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

The Case of the Deadly Desperados by Caroline Lawrence

Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

Remarkable by Lizzie K. Foley

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

That’s all folks!


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