Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Today, I’m just sharing the five poetry picture books I’ve read and loved so far this year. If you’ve missed any of these, it’s time to order them or put them on reserve at your library! (Anything in quotation marks is something I shared before about the book, either here on my blog, on Goodreads, on Amazon, etc.)
Things to Do: “The art is dreamy and exuberant at the same time, and Elaine’s gorgeous Things to Do poems bring whimsy and life to an entire day, dawn to night.”
The Best of Today’s Little Ditty: “This would be wonderful to use in the classroom, since it’s divided into the challenges (water cinquains, monster haiku, clerihews, kindness poems, etc.) and features a nicely varied selection of poems written to each challenge. It would also be fun for a poet to work his or her way through the book, analyzing what you like or don’t like about each poem and then writing your own poem for the challenge. But most of all, and most surprising of all to me, it’s just good reading.“
Fresh-Picked Poetry: “These fun verses capture fun and lovely moments from a farmers’ market–the customer who always picks her produce from the bottom of the pile, tasting samples, eating sweet corn, getting caught blue-handed… I felt like the poems got even stronger and more inventive as the book went on, and the light-hearted art complements the poems well.” Now that’s it’s spring, it’s the perfect time to pick this up!
Our Food: “[Some of the haiku] are truly lovely.
On the Grains spread:
How tall the corn grows!
Reaching up toward the sun,
Talking to scarecrows.
…a great introduction to the idea of nutrition for young readers.“
Freedom Over Me: Hearbreaking and beautiful and inspiring, all at the same time.
The also always inspiring Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has the Poetry Friday Roundup today at The Poem Farm.