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Because I’m challenging myself to write a poem each day in April, I am writing a poem about the books I read this past week, this time in preparation for a non-fiction poetry lesson I’m giving soon. Here is the poem, and a bit more about the books with some parts of poems from each book. These are all books from our school library. I know there are many more wonderful non-fiction anthologies and hope to find some at my local library too. My goal was to find a variety of topics so that students could feel free to access something from their personal research topic that we do at my school, or have choice of any other topic they love.
For the poem, I began listing the titles of the poetry anthologies and added a word here and there.
It’s Monday, So, you want to know what I’ve been Reading?
Eureka! spans history with stories in poems about inventors and
Math Talk offers mathematical ideas for two voices. Add in
an imaginary walk out of doors with
Color Me A Rhyme-nature poems for young people and then I
rush to a Seawatch.
I ramble through jungles and deserts, down creeks, into forests
in The Beauty of the Beast poems from
the animal kingdom. I look further at tiny creatures
seeing insects flourish in
They’re a bit less noisy than Click, Rumble, Roar,
Poems about Machines.
The titles give hints, but the poems
entrance. Just open them up,
for poetic delight.
That’s what I’ve been doing
The Beauty of The Beast Poems from the Animal Kingdom selected by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Meilo So
The section titles are poetic themselves, with titles like Jubilant, We Swim (fish) and Hollow-Boned Singers (birds).There are clever poems all through, but my favorite is in the section titled Wrapped In Coats of Fur, one titled About Muskrat, Let’s Say… by Isabel Joshlin Glaser
Here is the beginning: “You stroll along the stream
To where green rushes rise
And you stop beneath the willow
And there, to your surprise,
A dome lies on the water,
Thatched of twigs and limbs and mud.
That’s the roof of Muskrat’s home.
Insectlopedia, poems and paintings by Douglas Florian
Here’s part of The Daddy Longlegs
How’d you get
Those legs to grow
So very long
And lean in size?
Color Me A Rhyme Nature Poems for Young People by Jane Yolen with photographs by Jason Stemple
Beautiful photos of numerous places, all color pages, like the Orange page I like. The poem is Orange, and begins I want to take a bite out of that sunset sky. The photo is of that amazing orange lichen on a large rock.
Eureka! Poems about inventors by Joyce Sidman illustrated by K. Bennett Chavez
Be sure to find the one about inventing the chocolate bar. The book spans history from the discovery of clay, to French balloonists, Velcro and the World Wide Web. I adored the stories.
Food of The Gods
In the time before memory
Quetzalcoatl—the Plumed Serpent—
dropped ripe yellow pods of cacao
into the steamy jungle.
Sea Watch poems by Jane Yolen illustrated by Ted Lewin
See Father Seahorse
His belly pouch,
Like a Snuggli of skin,
Enfolds the eggs
Math Talk mathematical ideas in poems for two voices poems by theoni pappas
This book includes lots of topics; here is the beginning of One
I was the first of them
The Numbers That Is The numbers that is
Click, Rumble, Roar: Poems about Machines by Lee Bennett Hopkins
This is the cutest book, probably for younger students.
Garbage Truck by Marci Ridlon
You grumble, wheeze,
Never seem full.
NEXT: A friend loaned me The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine so I’ll start that, and hopefully return to more reading now that I have fewer blogs to read, although it was a total pleasure! I still need to finish Throwing Shadows by E.L. Konigsburg.