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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!

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


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