If it's the end of the week, it must be time...for....Poetry Friday!
Here are some new poetry books for children, courtesy of Publisher Weekly's "Children's Bookshelf." (I added the links to Powell's so you could see them.)
- Animal Poems, by Valerie Worth
- Behind the Museum Door: Poems to Celebrate the Wonders of Museums, collected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
- Bronzeville Boys and Girls, by Gwendolyn Brooks (a new edition, with art by Faith Ringgold)
- Collected Poems for Children, by Ted Hughes
- Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars, by Douglas Florian
- Good Sports: Poems About Running, Jumping, and Throwing, by Jack Prelutsky
- Green as a Bean, by Karla Kuskin
- I Must Go Down to the Beach Again, by Karen Jo Shapiro
- Today and Today, by Kobayashi Isa (collected and illustrated by Brian Karas)
PW points out that the Children's Book Council has a huge list of children's poetry books published in 2006-7 (available in a PDF file).
I will round up the other Poetry Friday posts on Friday evening, perhaps sooner. Poetry Friday participants can leave links in the comment section of this post.
Everyone who is posting a contemporary poem is 1. going by copyright fair-use considerations; or 2. has permission from the author or publisher, right? Okay, then.
The night owl Book Buds contributes a " boombox of a poem about two young sisters in South Philly's summer heat" in the form of a picture-book review. At Check It Out, students have gone wild for poetry, including some Whitman. A poem a day? Free, from Knopf? See Liz in Ink for details.
Journey Woman features Keats today, and I spied Emily Dickinson's "There Is No Frigate Like a Book" and some favorite quotations at the Miss Rumphius Effect. A sojourn to California brings to mind Allen Ginsberg over at Big A little a. Here's a grand mash-up, at Scholar's Blog: Eliot's "Burnt Norton," Milton's Lycidas, and the "Doctor Who" TV show.
Elaine at Blue Rose Girls has a big announcement—yay, Elaine!—and some excellent National Poetry month resources for children, parents, homeschoolers, and teachers. Speaking of teachers, Lisa and her second-graders have great ideas for creating a Living Anthology of poetry on the school walls; see Passionately Curious for details.
Author! Author! YA novelist Alma Fullerton chats with Liz B. at a Chair, A Fireplace and A Tea Cozy. Running short of poetry-book ideas for the younger crowd? Seven Impossible Things offers all kinds of recommendations. Readathon is in the house, with William Stafford's"Afternoon in the Stacks."
Have you read Susan Taylor Brown's novel-in-verse, Hugging the Rock? If not, you should! The poet herself offers a work by John Farrar, at Once Upon a Time... Then, hop over to Wordy Girls for Wislawa Szymborska's "Four in the Morning" and short poems by the Wordy Girls. S-s-s-s-s-ssnake poems come out of hiberation at Charlotte's Library, while Bri Meets Books shares a poem by Adrienne Rich.
Hey, You!, a new anthology, receives a Kelly Fineman review. (Another book for the ever-growing library list.) HipWriterMama even found a poem by her role model, Elizabeth I. Get out your pencils; it's a Frost pop quiz, at A Year of Reading. Mr. Eliot pops up again at Slayground, with "The Naming of Cats," then at What Adrienne Thinks About That, who gives a shout-out to the poet and talks a little Prufrock.
Blog from the Windowsill sings along with They Might Be Giants, and kudzu, of all things, crops up at MotherReader's place as she writes about Tracie Vaughn Zimmer's YA novel Reaching for Sun. Melissa Wiley's baby daughter is a darn good poet; just look at her poem at Here in the Bonny Glen. It's a fun mother-daughter collaboration when A Fuse # Production turns to Susan Ramsey for "Consider Hairs." The first spring flower and a poem have arrived at By Sun and Candlelight.
A Wrung Sponge says that Alice Walker's picture book There Is a Flower at the End of My Nose Smelling Me is a "beautiful little book" that "reads just like a song." Pixiepalace celebrates a favorite nonsense poet, posting Lear's "New Vestments." Farm School hosts William Wordsworth and tells what's been keeping 'em busy at the farm.
A big hearty welcome goes out to Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, who reveals her favorite poem ever. (MotherReader reviews Tracie's book today, too.) More Emily Dickinson is in store for us at Lectitans, who showcases "I'm Nobody." Mombrarian (isn't that a good name for a blog?) considers Caroline Kennedy's anthology A Family of Poems; it's Mombrarian's very first Poetry Friday entry. Bienvenido!