Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week, I'm going to share with you two poetry picture books in honor of National Poetry Month.
A STRANGE PLACE TO CALL HOME: THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS HABITATS & THE ANIMALS THAT CALL THEM HOME by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Ed Young is a fantastic book to introduce children to poetry. This gorgeous book features different types of poetry as a way to teach children about a a variety of animal habitats.
Booking Son and I read this book and I was surprised by how much he enjoyed it. I think the variety of poems kept him interested. Plus, he liked that the animals and habitats that were presented had some pretty interesting characteristics.
As a mom, I can't recommend this book enough because it makes learning fun. In fact, it would be ideal for classrooms. I learned a great deal about some very unique animals and their homes, and I also learned about different forms of poetry. In addition, the illustrations created by Ed Young, a Caldecott medalist, were positively beautiful!
One of my favorite parts of this book was the Endnotes section. Additional information about each of the animals and their natural habitats was provided (in non-poetry text), and the various types of poetry forms were explained as well. The book also references a website that further explains the poetry forms and suggests that kids try to write their own poems! So cute!
A STRANGE PLACE TO CALL HOME is an entertaining picture book that also teaches children about animals and poetry. Highly recommended.
A POEM AS BIG AS NEW YORK CITY: LITTLE KIDS WRITE ABOUT THE BIG APPLE is another terrific poetry picture book. Basically, it's a collaborative poem that New York City public school students wrote as part of a series of 75 workshops held throughout the five boroughs. They were asked to write about what it's like to live, learn and play in The Big Apple. These poems were edited by Teachers and Writers Collaborative and the book was illustrated by Masha D'yans. The foreword was written by Walter Dean Myers.
A POEM AS BIG AS NEW YORK CITY is a gorgeous book. I absolutely adore the poem and, while I've never lived in NYC, I have a feeling that these kids captured the essence of the city perfectly. I appreciated the references to taxis, the skyline, the baseball stadium, the subway, the Statue of Liberty, and much more! I also loved how it featured the various cultures and ideas of New York's citizens. It really is a book that should make New Yorkers proud.
A must-read for New Yorkers or anyone who wants to celebrate the brilliance of our young people!
Thanks to the publisher for providing review copies of these books. And a big thanks to Serena at Savvy Verse & Wit for coordinating this tour!
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