Where is Catalina’s doggy, Tortilla? Our nation’s 21st U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera poses a question he would like children to answer, as creatively and as poetically as possible! He and artist/illustrator Juana Medina invite your second and third grade kiddos to join a bilingual poetry party! This week, the Library of Congress debuted the […]
Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko Narrative and Translation by David Jacobson, Sally Ito, and Michiko Tsuboi Illustrated by Toshikado Hajiri Chin Music Press $19.50 ISBN: 9781634059626 Ages 5 and up On shelves now Recently I was at a conference celebrating the creators of different kinds of children’s books. During one […]
Freedom Over Me: Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life By Ashley Bryan Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1481456906 Ages 9 and up On shelves September 13th Who gives voice to the voiceless? What are your credentials when you do so? When I was a teen I used to […]
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph
Written by Roxane Orgill; Illustrated by Francis Vallejo
Published by Candlewick Press, 2016
ISBN # 978-0763669546
Grades 3 and up
The year was 1958, and jazz music was everywhere in full for…
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete PoemsWritten by Bob RaczkaPublished by Roaring Brook Press, 2016ISBN 978-1-62672-236-1Grades 2 and upBook ReviewIn Wet Cement, author Bob Raczka begins with a credo: “I like to think of poems as word paintings.” Inde…
Booked Written by Kwame Alexander Published in 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grades 4-8 ISBN: 978-0-544-57098-6 Book Review Newbery medal-winning author Kwame Alexander has another captivating and emotionally charged novel-in-verse in Booked. Nick Hall is an eighth grader who is both likable and relatable. He loves soccer, hanging with his best friend, and playing FIFA […]
Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths
Written by Marilyn Singer and Illustrated by Josee Masse
Published by Dial in 2016
Turning her attention to Greek mythology, Marilyn Singer, a
These recently published poetry offerings will captivate students with their enchanting blend of eloquent words and eye-grabbing images.
We enjoy poetry in the classroom all year long, but April is a special month to recognize the power that poetry has to move us, to entertain us, and to help us see the world in new ways. In today’s entry, we highlight some poetry books recently feature…
I love poetry. In fact, I still have all my old high school notebooks full of my very bad angst filled poetry. Occasionally, I still even add a new poem. And since April is National Poetry Month, I wanted to find a way to combine some poetry activities with the new MakerSpace at The Public […]
You should totally come to this. Marilyn Nelson gave one of the best speeches I ever heard on the occasion of her winning the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 2001 for Carver. I hope I see you in Chicago on May 6th.
This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons By Julie Fogliano Illustrated by Julie Morstad A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) $18.99 ISBN: 9781596438521 Ages 6 and up On shelves now. I don’t think I can adequately stress to you the degree to which I did not want to review this book. […]
Nineteen titles chosen by the National Council of Teachers of English Excellence in Poetry for Children Award Committee.
Flutter & Hum:
Animal Poems / Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales
and Illustrated by Julie Paschkis
in 2015 by Henry Holt
PreK – 8
/ through the grass / the sinuous snake/ is writing/ a slippery poem / with his
body.” The twelve poems in a new bilingual picture book anthology feature a
variety of animals and
Written by Richard Blanco,
Illustrated by Dav Pilkey
Published by Little Brown,
Only five U.S. presidential
inaugurations included poets reading their work. Of those five …
A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young By Michael Rosen Illustrated by Chris Riddell Candlewick Press $19.99 ISBN: 978076368116 Ages 0-4 On shelves now. Did you know that, generally speaking, Europeans have absolutely no interest in the works of Dr. Seuss? It’s true. For years his works have been untranslatable (though great inroads […]
What’s love got to do with it? A lot, writes Kwame Alexander, who recommends reading love poems with teens to engage them in reading and creating their own poetry. Also, listen to Alexander read four of his poems aloud.
This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
In a series of stunning poems, Newbery and Coretta Scott King awards honoree Marilyn Nelson introduces readers to My Seneca Village, a multiethnic 19th-century community that thrived on the edge of what today is New York City’s Central Park