Posted tagged ‘Rhyme’

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY

March 2, 2017

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One book, two books.

Old books, new books.

 

Some are short and funny, too.

Some are long like a size twelve shoe.

 

Magic happens in a book.

Turn the page and take a look.

read

 

Books can fly you to the moon

Just by riding on a spoon.

 

Happy, sad, or full of flair

Books can take you anywhere.

So …

Grab a book and grab a friend.

Read a book until the end.

 

It’s Read Across America Day!

Do you know what Dr. Seuss would say?

 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

hats-off

 

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!

Get on Board with Board Books

October 29, 2015

Books have always been an important part of my life, but now that I have two sweet granddaughters, I’ve become obsessed with board books.

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What better way to introduce them to the magic of words and colorful illustrations than through board books. They’re just the right size for their tiny hands. It’s never too early to begin reading to children so I’m on the prowl for some first-class board books. Here are a few I highly recommend.

You Are My I love You written by Maryann Cusimano Love and illustrated by Satomi Ichikawa. This charming book, delightfully illustrated in muted colors, can be enjoyed by both adults and children. It’s written in rhyme and follows the child and parent through various events of an ordinary day and the sweetness of daily life.

Everywhere Babies written by Susan Meyers and illustrated by Marla Frazee. If your little ones like seeing other babies, this is the book for them. Susan Meyers’ rhyming text celebrates babies being dressed, fed, kissed, rocked, making noise, and doing all the things babies do. The combination of Meyers’ text and Marla Frazee’s enchanting illustrations depicting babies from many different places makes this book one to add to your collection. 

The next two books are from the talented Sandra Boynton. You’ll get your groove on with these.

In Barnyard Dance!, the animals are having an old-fashioned square dance in the barnyard. You’ll want to grab a partner and do-si-do with the animals in this rollicking rhyming story!

And if you like Barnyard Dance!, you’ll love Pajama Time! It’s another one of Boynton’s fast-paced rhyming texts about getting ready for bed. Bedtime has never been so much fun!

I’m still on the lookout for more great board books. If you have any you’d like to share, please do.

One Last Shout-out

April 30, 2015

Here’s one last shout-out for Poetry Month. I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild’s Pocket Book is a must read! This book of rhymes, riddles, and tongue twisters was edited by Iona and Peter Opie and illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

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In the introduction to the book, Iona Opie notes the rhymes “. . . were clearly not rhymes a grandmother might sing to a grandchild on her knee. They have more oomph and zoom; they pack a punch. . . .” And let me tell you, some of the rhymes do exactly that! The contents of this book have been divided into a variety of categories. There are rhymes that are familiar to us from childhood, and there are those that are not so. Today, some of these old rhymes might be considered irreverent or not politically correct. Nevertheless, these are rhymes that will tickle the fancy of young children. They will make them laugh or squeal at their absurd nature.

From the category of Graces comes this rhyme.

Bless the meat,

Damn the skin.

Open your mouth

And cram it in.

Notice it’s not your usual before-meal grace.

There are many more attention-grabbing rhymes throughout the book that will shock and entertain readers. The Opies have also included end notes that give additional information and origins of the various rhymes. Combined with the talent and clever renderings of the iconic Maurice Sendak, this book is a work of genius. It’s a classic – not only for children, but also for adults who have not lost their inner child. Make sure to put this on your list of favorite books.

Read to Your Child Day On Friday

February 13, 2014

February is a short month full of exciting days. It’s Library Lovers Month. So love your library! It has books galore and offers a variety of activities for the family. While you’re loving your library, celebrate Valentine’s Day and Read to Your Child Day on the fourteenth! February is a perfect combination of love and books.

There’s a marvelous quote by Emilie Buchwald that says, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

If you want your child to be a reader, be a role model. Let your child see and hear you reading.

Start as early as possible. A perfect time to introduce reading to your precious baby is when you’re pregnant. Check out picture books from the library and read them out loud. This is a great way to find children’s books you enjoy and to begin to build a home library.

Choose books that have great illustrations and not a lot of words. Rhyme, repetition, sound words (onomatopoeia-love this word!), and silly words make for great first books. Visit the library often. Make it your favorite go-to place. Soon, instead of you reading to your child, your child will be reading to you.

Garrison Keillor said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” On Valentine’s Day, give a book to someone special. It’s a perfect way to say I love you.

There are myriads of absolutely wonderful picture books available, but here are a few of my favorite classic picture books. Many of these also come as board books which are just the right size for toddlers to hold.

Goodnight Moon written by Margaret Wise Brown

The Very Hungry Caterpillar written by Eric Carle

Pat the Bunny written by Dorothy Kunhardt

The Tale of Peter Rabbit written by Beatrix Potter

The Runaway Bunny written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd

The Snowy Day written by Ezra Jack Keats

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? written by Bill Martin, Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle

Guess How Much I Love You written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram

The Little Engine That Could written by Watty Piper

The Napping House written by Audrey Wood and illustrated by Don Wood

An ABC Book for Picture Book Month

November 14, 2013

How many ABC books can you purchase for your child? If it’s well done, there’s always room for one more. All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep is one to add to your collection. In this alphabetical book, author, Crescent Dragonwagon, and illustrator, David McPhail, create a serene setting for lulling a child to sleep. Who knew wild animals could be so calming?

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Crescent Dragonwagon uses a combination of rhyme and alliteration to create a world of well-known and some not so well-known animals that are ready to settle down to sleep. David McPhail’s watercolor and ink illustrations are soft and soothing to the eye and compliment the lyrical text that sets the stage for sleepy time.

This is a perfect book to share with your child who may not be quite ready to settle down for the night.


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