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Random Acts of Poetry Day

7 Oct

Today is Random Acts of Poetry Day! I think poetry often gets a bad rap as people remember poetry for being inaccessible and difficult to understand. People remember having to memorize poetry in school or trying to study poetry to understand what the poet what truly trying to say.

Many kids flock to Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky for their silly, nonsensical poetry, but somewhere along the line, kids start pushing poetry away and by the time people become adults, they’ve pushed poetry out of their realm of reading possibilities.
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My favorite poem in the book occurs in August:

One my favorite poetry books in recent years is called When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Julie Morstad. It has fairly short poems about the seasons – with each poem’s title being a specific date. It works well for me because I live in an area of this country that has four distinct seasons. Plus, you can’t go wrong with the adorable illustrations that match each poem.

If you want to be sure

That you are nothing more than small
Stand at the edge of the ocean
Looking out

I absolutely love water in al forms – creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes and the ocean and this poem completely connected with me! Reminding me that I am a small part of a much larger world out there.

So, take sometime today to read a poem, borrow a book of poetry from the library, or find something online! Enjoy!

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

15 Sep

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Last year I created a number of reading lists to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, so if you’re looking for some great titles that highlight characters, authors and illustrators from Hispanic and Latinx backgrounds, check out these lists!

 

Call for Judges: CYBILS

9 Sep

Cybils-Blog-Header-2017If you’re a kid lit book blogger, you should think about applying to become a judge for the CYBILS awards, it’s a rewarding experience that exposes you to titles you never would have read before. If you’re interested check out the CYBILS website and make sure to get your application in by the deadline – September 14.

There are two different rounds of judging and the CYBILS website has all the information you’ll need to decide what type of judge fits your schedule the best. And if you’re not too specific, shoot for being a judge of a less popular genre like nonfiction or poetry, it may be easier to be selected if fewer people apply for these genres.

It’s definitely a lot of hard work and (obviously) a lot of reading, but it’s a really great experience to be a part of and one that I’d love to repeat when I have a little more time!

Mark Your Calendars: National Book Festival

23 Aug

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The National Book Festival is a really cool experience! I’ve been a few times when it was held on the National Mall, (never at the Convention Center) and it’s a great place to celebrate books, authors, illustrators and meet other booklovers like yourself.

The National Book Festival brings authors and illustrators to the stage, book sales and autographing areas and special activities just for kids. It’s a great event to attend as a family to show kids how important reading is, plus how cool is it to be able to have your favorite book signed by the author? It’s definitely a memory a child will cherish forever. With authors like Kwame Alexander, Kate DiCamillo Gene Luen Yang, Angie Thomas and so many more, I’m bummed that I won’t be there this year. But, if you’ve got the time, take it from me, you’ve got to experience this great festival.

The best part is the Festival is free for everyone and will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2019 from 8:30am – 7:30pm. Check out the website for schedule information and more!

Go Camping with Picture Books

4 Aug

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My parents were (and still are) pretty cool – they’d pack all four of us up (with the dog), maybe some cousins and we’d go camping all around western PA in the summer. We had a small pop-up camper and I absolutely loved every minute of it! So I’ve created a short list of picture books about enjoying the outdoors and going camping!

  1. Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Kate Kiesler
  2. Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
  3. Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Mélanie Watt
  4. Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins
  5. S is for S’Mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James
  6. Duck Tents by Lynne Berry, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
  7. Yes, Let’s by Galen Goodwin Longstreth, illustrated by Maris Wicks
  8. Camp Rex by Molly Idle
  9. A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
  10. The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and the National Parks by Bob Rosenstock, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
  11. Bailey Goes Camping by Kevin Henkes
  12. The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature by Helen Olsson
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