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.
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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
The Bay Area monthly book club for teens, Not Your Mother’s Book Club™, in conjunction with Teenquake/Litquake, recently hosted authors Ellen Hopkins, Kristin Elizabeth Clark, and Craig Lew.
Teach this Poem is a new weekly email that features a poem along with instructional resources and ideas for activities related to the selection. Educators can sign up now to begin receiving the resource September 2.
Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems About Just About Everything By Calef Brown Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-8050-9928-7 For ages 9-12 Why do I do this to myself? Let me tell you something about how I review. Board books? Pshaw. I can take one and write a nine-paragraph review parsing […]
Beastly Verse By Joohee Yoon Enchanted Lion Books $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-59270-166-7 Ages 3 and up On shelves now Poetry. What’s the point? I say this as a woman who simultaneously gets poetry and doesn’t get it. I get that it’s important, of course. I only need to watch my three-year-old daughter come up with an […]
Two new handbooks remind teachers and librarians that poetry needn’t be relegated to a single unit or a particular time of year.
National Words Matter Week is March 1-7, so it’s the perfect time to set up a display of books featuring characters who write. What are they writing? Well, everything! The characters in these books write lists, letters, zines, diaries, poetry, even obituaries. As a teen who was obsessed with writing (those are just some […]
Late Fall and Early 2015 Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Early Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4
This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
For teen in my community, in Vallejo, CA, mentioning Tupac Shakur is pretty much guaranteed to give you some credibility, and his book of poetry, The Rose That Grew from Concrete is one of our most read (and lost) poetry collections. So when I saw that David Tomas Martinez’s debut collection, Hustle, not only name-checks […]
Poisoned Apples, Christine Heppermann Greenwillow, October 2014 Reviewed from ARC Gosh, it’s a good year for poetry, at least from a publishing perspective. And unlike Nelson’s gorgeous memoir that I will be hard pressed to sell to actual real live teen readers™, Poisoned Apples has appeal in spades. This was a later addition to our list, […]
How I Discovered Poetry, Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Hadley Hooper Dial Books, January 2014 Reviewed from final copy Marilyn Nelson, author of the 2006 Printz honor book A Wreath for Emmett Till, is responsible for what may be this year’s most unique contender, pairing two genres only occasionally spotted in the YA world — memoir […]
The Caribbean, Tasmania, Afghanistan… Sense of place and culture dominate today’s books, two novels and one collection of poetry. Tiphanie Yanique is a native of St. Thomas who now divides her time between the Virgin Islands and Brooklyn. I enjoyed learning (from the author’s website) that both her mother and grandmother were librarians in the Virgin […]
Opportunities abound for new librarians, teen change-seekers, and pet loving poets. Check out our latest roundup of teen services news bites.
There are various dates given as the first day of World War I, from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, to the first shots fired by Austro-Hungarian soldiers on July 28 to the August 4th declaration of war by the British Empire, signalling the truly world-wide stretch of the conflict. Whatever […]
Alphabet Books Galore, All About Parrots, and Inside a Roller Derby Race | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4
This month, we bring you a host of fun and creative alphabet books (from pirates to animal tracks and more!), everything you ever wanted to know about parrots, and the truth behind the fast-paced world of roller derby.
This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.