I was excited to share on Wednesday about Water Can Be… making it onto the Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended list. And one of the reasons it’s such an honor is because of the OTHER books loved by the award committee. Katherine Applegate’s Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla earned a Charlotte Zolotow Honor. It’s such a beautiful book. In this poetryaction, I really just tried to capture the core emotional experience of Ivan, and how the book gives a sense of hope despite the terrible conditions of much of his life.
Here I am reading this poetryaction.
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Don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup at Paul Hankins’ These 4 Corners.
Poetryaction: After reading a picture book, sometimes I jot down a quick poem based on something in the book. It could be inspired by the entire book, the setting, a character, or even just a tiny detail in a picture or a single phrase from the text. I’m using picture books as a jumping off point for poems. I thought this might be something interesting for you to do in your classroom, so I’m going to share some of them here. I’m collecting them on a Pinterest board.
Bookalikes: A lot of times, when I’m reading a book, I think, “Oh, this would be fun to pair with XYZ book!” So I’m sharing those here when I think of them. These have their own bookalikes Pinterest board, too:>)