It's National Poetry Month. I'm busy celebrating at Merely Day by Day by attempting to write a poem each day. Of course, it's also the perfect time to share a few new favorite picture poetry books I've purchased this year. These are selections perfect for any classroom library.
New Poems Inspired by Art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins.
There's so much to love about this collection of poetry edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins: the beautiful artwork, the wondrous words, the surprise of favorite poets selected.
A selected snippet from This is the Hour by Irene Latham, a poem within this collection:
"This is the hour
when sun dreams,
its' silky song...."
I Am Loved: A Poetry Collection by Nikki Giovanni with illustrations by Ashley Bryan.
This collection of poems by Nikki Giovanni is a delight from start to finish. A celebration of life, each poem selected is complemented with art sure to delight.
A selected snippet from No Heaven, a poem within this collection:
"How can there be
And little finches
Sakura's Cherry Blossoms by Robert Paul Weston and Misa Saburi.
This book is a bit different from the others shared as it is a story written in Tanka. In this story, Sakura lives in Japan and loves spending her time with her grandma under the cherry blossoms. She has to move to America with her family but misses her grandma and the cherry blossoms. Nothing is the same in this new place. This is a delightful story of love, change, and the little gifts life gives us as a reminder of all we hold dear.
A snippet from the story:
"Sakura's new school
was a big, boisterous place
where each word was new.
They nipped and snapped on her tongue
like the tang of pickled plums."
Out of Wonder: Poetry Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth with illustrations by Ekua Holmes.
Every time I pick up this book, I notice something new. In this book, the authors celebrate famous poets by writing poems in similar styles to the poet. Each section shares a way poets work and offers advice for the budding poets in our classrooms. As in the other examples, this books is a celebration of poetry, but also of art; each page illustrated with art to inspire.
This snippet from How to Write a Poem was written by Kwame Alexander in celebration of Naomi Shihab Nye:
"Let them dance together
twist and turn
like best friends
in a maze
till you find
to that one word."
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood with multiple illustrators featured in this collection.
This collection features poetry to celebrate the lives of 14 women who helped to pave the path for the rest of us. Each poem features an illustration by a different artist celebrating the lives of these women. I was fascinated by the variety of styles of poetry used by this poet in this collection....so many possibilities.
This snippet is about Molly Williams and is titled, "Taking the Heat."
"The fire laddies gave her praise
respect where it was due
dubbed her Volunteer 11 -
a member of the crew.
She glowed with pride. A pioneer!
She blazed a path, it's true,
yet women weren't hired here
I love poetry tucked within my day, and it certainly is perfect for the little cracks in our day with students. Whether you plan to use poetry for shared reading, as a mentor text for young writers, an opportunity to study wondrous words, or just to delight in a little read aloud, these titles will be celebrated additions to your collection.