Thursday, April 21, 2022

Reading & Writing Poetry Collections & Anthologies

 Happy Poetry Friday!  


  My poetry collection. 
Photo by Amy Soto


Today’s Poetry Break was inspired by Stephanie Afinito, from
A Lit Life. She posed a question to her Get Lit (erate) Community.  Since it is Poetry Month, Stephanie asked members of the community to share some of their favorite poetry book recommendations. I got to thinking about my, rather large collection of poetry books (they are mostly children's poetry books).  I decided to share books that feature poems about reading and writing, a topic that is one of my very favorites!  My heartstrings are connected to these books.  If you are a book lover and writer, you're going to love this list. My curated list is in no particular order.


Amy has filled a book with a glorious collection of poems about reading!  Need I say more?  

Amy has done it again, this time she's collected poems about writing.  Perfection!  

Whether you love language, or you are a literacy educator, you will want to add this sweet anthology to your poetry collection.  As the subtitle suggests, there are poems about reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  

I love this anthology of library poetry!  It doesn't get any better than this for those who love spending time in libraries! 

I have consulted this often and always did so in preparation for National Poetry Month in my classroom and my school library.  According to my GoodReads review, I stated that every bibliophile, librarian, teacher, and reader should own a copy of this little anthology.  There are poem treasures to be discovered again and again.   

I used this poetry anthology so often in my school library, that I knew I needed my own copy!  


Book lovers, you are going to want a copy of Salas' collection of poems about books, reading, parts of the book, and more!  As a former reading specialist and librarian, I often shared the poems from this book with my students, as we learned various aspects of literacy.  

I hope that you will check out these wonderful books!  Happy Poetry Month!


Today's Poetry Friday round-up is being hosted by Margaret at Reflections on the Teache, where she has the Progressive Poem.  Stop on over for lots of poetry love.  

Book Cover credits: GoodReads


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Until next time, Happy Reading and . . . I hope your heart strings connect with something wonderful you read!

Monday, April 18, 2022

4/18 #IMWAYR

 Happy Monday!  It’s Monday, What Are You Reading (#IMWAYR)?


Update on my Middle Grade Must Reads

Last week, I talked about how I was in the middle of reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.  Well, I finished it and have to say I gave it a rating of 4 stars on GoodReads.  The writing was beautiful and I enjoyed the character development and world building.  I do not read a lot of fantasy but this was worth the read.  



Picture Book Picks

This is a School written by John Schu and illustrated by Victoria Miller Jamison.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve been following John Schu for years and I am thrilled that his first picture book has arrived in the world.  This book will not disappoint!  It is the PERFECT read aloud to share as you kick off the school year but it is also a splendid read aloud as a reminder of the importance of a school community.  Schu’s story is an important tribute to all that a school is and can be.  Jamison’s illustrations are bright and cheerful.  They invite the reader into the book just like the happy school depicted in the book.  If you and your students want to have a conversation about the school as a community or if you simply want to feel good, read This is a School.       



Poetry Break! 

Things We Eat by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.  Once again, Vardell and Wong have teamed up to bring us another amazing poetry anthology.  Each letter of the alphabet features a fun food poem that begs to be read aloud.  Each poem is accompanied by cheerful 



For the Bibliophile

Writing Picture Books by children’s author, Ann Whitford Paul, is a handbook for those interested in writing picture books or just simply learning more about the writing of picture books, you may want to give this book a go.  Paul is the author of several poems and children’s books, including, If Animals Kissed Goodnight and If Animals Said I Love You.  To learn more about her, visit  her website, https://annwhitfordpaul.com/


Note: book images are linked from GoodReads



Jen from  Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers are co-hosting the #IMWAYR blog hop.  Check out all the links to other blogs and see what great children's literature everyone is sharing; picture books, middle grade, and young adult.  


For more “Book Love,” follow me on:

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Until next time, Happy Reading and . . . I hope your heart strings connect with something wonderful you read!



Friday, April 15, 2022

 Happy Poetry Friday!

Today I am sharing a Poetry Break! and a poem draft.  

Poetry Break! 

(if you are not currently familiar with Poetry Breaks, check out my first blog to read about them!  For Poetry Friday, a Poetry Break is a poetry book that I am reading and loving) 


Book image from GoodReads.
I’m in love with this poetry/picture book, written by Eric Ode and illustrated by Jieting Chen. Stop that Poem! Is a poem that is constructed as the reader is taken on a whimsical journey throughout an ordinary day in an ordinary neighborhood.  A young girl wheels a wagon, full of words to a yard, where she stacks her words to make a poem.  Soon her words are carried away with the wind.  “Stop that poem!” the girl and her friend shout.  The words are scattered throughout the neighborhood and new lines in the poem are crafted at each scene; a pond, a clothesline, a tree, and other neighborhood locations.  The artwork has more muted background colors, with brighter pops of color in the foreground, that draws the reader into the illustrations.  Pair this poem picture book with word cards and a clothesline for children to craft and create their own original poems. This is the perfect read aloud for anytime but especially now, during National Poetry Month!

Stop that Poem! has inspired me to draft this poem.  It is a work in progress.  Please feel free to leave me any feedback in the comments.  I would greatly appreciate it.  


Poems

by Amy Soto


I gaze out the window

My mind wanders 


Like clouds

Poems float by 


I try to catch one

but can’t 

 no matter how hard I try.


Like clouds

Poems float by 





Today's Poetry Friday roundup is being hosted by Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme.  Be sure to stop over for a lot more Poetry Friday fun!

Until next time, Happy Reading and Writing, and . . . 

 I hope your heart strings connect with something wonderful you read!



Tuesday, April 12, 2022

#SOL A Little Free Librarian

 Happy Tuesday!  Today is Slice of Life (#SOL) Tuesday!


Photo by Amy Soto


A Little Free Librarian

About a year ago, my church was looking for someone to manage their Little Free Library.  Of course, I jumped at the4 opportunity to help out!  Each week or every few days, I stop by the LFL to organize its contents and add new titles to its shelves.  I am now called the church librarian.  I love the title and love taking care of the adorable little library.  I have ordered a mini flag and hung it on a flag holder next to the library.  The flag reads, “Read, Return, Repeat.” 


Photo by Amy Soto

 Next to the library, there is a bench.  I live across the street from the church and its little free library.  I am able to look out my window and see people sometimes sitting on the bench with a book.  Last summer, there was even an older lady with a young girl in a stroller that visited the library weekly.  Each week, the pair would select books, sit on the bench and the woman would read to the child.  This brought me such joy.  

In a small room of the church, I have a store of donated books that I draw from each week to stock the library.  I often donate my own books as well.  The top shelf usually holds adult books and the bottom shelf contains children’s books, middle grade, picture, and even board books.  It’s fun to see what books get borrowed, what books are donated by LFL patrons, and which books return.  


I follow little free libraries on Instagram and recently saw that someone had decorated the window of the library with shamrocks.  I loved this idea and have decided to do something similar with my little free library.  I think that I will make a seasonal shape, such as umbrellas, bunnies, or eggs and place them on the inside window of the library.  I will encourage library patrons to take one to use as a bookmark.  


Being the librarian of my church’s little free library is so much fun!  Since I am a retired elementary school librarian, it allows me to still enjoy some aspects, in a very small way, of my former position.  


Photo by Amy Soto

                                                              
It’s a beautiful spring day, so I will stop over to the church, visit my book room, and organize and restock my little free library.  It is time for a spring cleaning.  It is also spring break week for the local schools.  So, maybe the little free library will have some extra visitors who might need something good to read while on break from school!


Photo by Amy Soto

Photo by Amy Soto

I hope you have an opportunity to visit a little free library!  Happy Reading!

What is Slice of Life?  Visit Two Writing Teachers to learn more.  To read other Slice of Life stories, please visit here.



Sunday, April 10, 2022

4/11/22 #IMWAYR

 Happy Monday!  It's Monday, What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR

Middle Grade Must Reads:

Lately I’ve been diving into the backlist of books that I didn’t get around to reading when they were new or newer in the kidlit scene.  I’m currently finishing up The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.  Looking at reviews of the book, I see that there are a large number of readers who thought the book was 5 star worthy.  I did see an occasional 3 star review. I am not ready to give it a rating at this time since I’m only about half way through but I can say that I am enjoying Barnhill’s writing style, world building, and character development.   


Picture Book Picks:

I’ve read some outstanding picture  books lately!  Here are two of my favorites.

Being that I am a “pug mom,” I preordered this book as soon as I saw it on social media.  Bug on the Rug, written by Sophia Gholz and illustrated by Susan Batori is a great read aloud with lots of fun word play!  Pug has made himself comfortable on the rug but then along comes bug, wanting to claim the rug for himself.  Pug and bug are in for a battle, until slug comes along to mediate.  So much to read in rhymes, about pug and bug’s battle for the rug!  Adorable and funny illustrations capture the reader’s heart and funny bone!  Bright and bold pictures work perfectly with the sparing text, to cohesively tell of pug and bug’s adventure on the rug!  Bug on the Rug has earned a special place on my, “picture books about pugs” shelf!  Read this book aloud and afterwards have a blast playing with rhyming words and word families.  This a great read aloud for pre-kindergarten through grade three.   



Poetry Break! 

(if you are not currently familiar with Poetry Breaks, check out my first blog, Mrs Merrill's Book Break, to read about them!  For #IMWAYR, a Poetry Break is a poetry book that I am reading and loving) 

I’m in love with this poetry/picture book, written by Eric Ode and illustrated by Jieting Chen. Stop that Poem! Is a poem that is constructed as the reader is taken on a whimsical journey throughout an ordinary day in an ordinary neighborhood.  A young girl wheels a wagon, full of words to a yard, where she stacks her words to make a poem.  Soon her words are carried away with the wind.  “Stop that poem!” the girl and her friend shout.  The words are scattered throughout the neighborhood and new lines in the poem are crafted at each scene; a pond, a clothesline, a tree, and other neighborhood locations.  The artwork has more muted background colors, with brighter pops of color in the foreground, that draws the reader into the illustrations.  Pair this poem picture book with word cards and a clothesline for children to craft and create their own original poems. This is the perfect read aloud for anytime but especially now, during National Poetry Month!


Until next time, Happy Reading and . . . I hope your heart strings connect with something wonderful you read!

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(Note: book images are linked from GoodReads)


Jen from  Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers are co-hosting the #IMWAYR blog hop.  Check out all the links to other blogs and see what great children's literature everyone is sharing; picture books, middle grade, and young adult.  



Thursday, October 14, 2021

Poetry Break (revisited)!

"Poetry Break!" . . . 

Several years ago, on my original blog, Mrs. Merrill's Book Break,  I explained and featured my "Poetry Breaks!"  If you are interested in reading about them, various ways in which I conduct them, and the impact of a "Poetry Break," click here to read more.  

Today, I'd like to share my latest YouTube video, in which I explain a "Poetry Break."  


I am no longer working as a reading specialist and school librarian.  I had to retire early due to a health issue.  I really miss sharing my weekly "Poetry Breaks" and am hoping to be able to share them again via YouTube.  Thank you for stopping by and reading and watching.  :)  

Welcome to Poetry Friday!  Today's poetry fun, round up, is being hosted by Bridget at Wee Words for Wee Ones!  Be sure to stop over to her blog for the round up!


Friday, October 8, 2021

A Rare Mother Goose Book Find

 I have recently started a YouTube channel and this is my video where I discuss a rare, Mother Goose collection that I found at a wonderful little used bookstore in Cherry Valley, NY.  Check out The Cherry Valley Bookstore and check out my video!  

Check out my video at Mother Goose Librarian!


Today's Poetry Friday round up is being hosted by Irene at Live Your Poem, where she discusses her new and exciting writing course!  She is also sharing her poem called, "Autumn Puzzle" as well as, Pablo Neruda's "Ode to Autumn."  Make sure you check out her blog!   



Reading & Writing Poetry Collections & Anthologies

  Happy Poetry Friday!     My poetry collection.  Photo by Amy Soto Today’s Poetry Break was inspired by Stephanie Afinito, from A Lit Life ...