National Poetry Month: Vile Verses

Vile Verses by Roald Dahl ROALD DAHL: the name is as magical, marvelous, mood-filled and memorable as this fantastic, perfectly wild and wicked introduction to his seemingly unreasoned reasonable world. This is classic Dahl and therefore a must-read for anyone interested in verse with a “scrumdiddlyumptious” twist on the turn of phrase, which alternately can…

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National Poetry Month: Rhymes Round the World

Rhymes Round the World by Kay Chorao Poetry is a language each culture embraces in some form, and children take to it easily if we, as parents, let them experience and explore both it and our own enthusiasm for its pleasures. The repetition of the verse in this delightful book with its gently sweet illustrations…

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National Poetry Month: Shout! Little Poems That Roar

Shout! Little Poems That Roar by Brod Bagert and illustrations by Sachiko Yoshikawa Brod Bagert’s book is part classroom, part zoo, with its high-energy poetry thrown into the mix at high velocity. This is poetry coming at you with bright, lively colors, and from the first poem, “Shout,” it grabs both you and a child’s…

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National Poetry Month: Zorgamazoo

Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston I love books with an opening that pulls you in with a hook, such as: Here is a story that’s stranger than strange. Before we begin you may want to arrange: a blanket, a cushion, a comfortable seat, and maybe some cocoa and something to eat. I can safely tell…

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National Poetry Month: Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer and illustrations by Josée Masse Receiving six starred reviews at its debut in 2010, this poetic new take on timeless fairy tales promises and delivers. It has become popular in schools and libraries, and your child may see poetry and life from a different perspective. Fresh and inventive, a child…

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