Thursday, April 9, 2009

Random Thursday - Children's Poetry

The Children's Literature Assembly (CLA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) have announced their annual list of Notable Books in the Language Arts.

Five of the titles are poetry books:
* Ringside 1925 by Jen Bryant
* Hip Hop Speaks to Children by Nikki Giovanni
* Side by Side by Jan Greenberg
* The Blacker the Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas
* Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Westen

As we get older, we start thinking of poetry as something hard or unpleasant. But as children, we loved poetry! Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky, to say nothing of the Christopher Robin and Pooh poems of A. A. Milne delighted us as children! How old did we have to be to stop loving poetry?

What were you favorite poems when you were a child? (Never Tease a Weasle? The Tale of Custard the Dragon?) Check out this list of great poetry for kids and teens, that you can find in your library.

Over at Gottabook, they're doing 30 original poems, for each day in April (National Poetry Month). The authors include Arnold Adoff, Jaime Adoff, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Douglas Florian, Betsy Franco, Kristine O'Connell George, Charles Ghigna, Nikki Giovanni, Joan Bransfield Graham, Nikki Grimes, Mary Ann Hoberman, Lee Bennett Hopkins, X. J. Kennedy, Julie Larios, J. Patrick Lewis, Pat Mora, Kenn Nesbitt, Linda Sue Park, Ann Whitford Paul, Gregory K. Pincus, Jack Prelutsky, Adam Rex, Jon Scieszka, Joyce Sidman, April Halprin Wayland, Janet Wong, and Jane Yolen. Scroll back and read the poems you've missed so far!

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