Poetry Friday: Featuring Things to Do by Elaine Magliaro #CYBILSPoetry

IMG_1077Thanks Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink for hosting Poetry Friday this week.

Oh, my goodness.  I have had an upper respiratory infection that I finally called “uncle” last week and went to the doctor.  I had no energy to get a post written.

Today let’s talk about THINGS TO DO by Elaine Magliaro.  It was a CYBILS Poetry nomination that got away as a finalist.
things to do
What I love about this book is the melding of the artwork by Catia Chien with Magliaro’s poetry.  Her acrylic illustrations are moving and whimsical.  The words sing and dance on the page.  Some of the magic of the book also comes from book designer, Jennifer Tolo Pierce at Chronicle Books. 

What I love is how Magliaro takes an extraordinary look through the eyes of a child at the ordinary.  We see and imagine what we can do if we are those things.

Here are two of my favorite poems from the books.  I photoed the pages because the plain text doesn’t truly show the book’s beauty.


Things to do if you are DAWN

Shoo away night
Wash the eastern sky with light.
Wake the sleeping sun:

Rise and shine!

Rouse resting roosters
Set songbirds singing
Left dreams  drift away

Start a new day.


Things to do if you are an


Be pliable and pink.
If I draw before I think

Rub out every mistake

That I happen to make.

That’s what your job’s all about.
Go on–

Wear yourself out!

It’s a fabulous book to have in any collection.
Author: Elaine Magliaro
Illustrator: Catia Chien
Published: 2017
Pages: unpaged
Reading Level: Kids of all ages
Publisher: Chronicle
ISBN: 978-1-4521-1124-7
Source: From the Clackamas County Library

My  fib response:

do if
you are a
POEM dance with
the words on the page
twirl and spin, create a vision
from the unseen worlds
Cause laughter

©jone rush macculloch

17 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Featuring Things to Do by Elaine Magliaro #CYBILSPoetry

  1. I love these poems! I like the combination of personification, alliteration, and rhyme. Love your fib, too! I’m looking forward to reading the whole book. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I like that you give credit to the designer! That’s an aspect of book-making that I’m sure not many consider, or are even aware of!

  3. This book is one of my favorites and my fourth graders love it, too! It has inspired many, many poems. Your fib poem is a nice twist on it. Got to love those dancing poems 🙂

  4. Sounds like you are feeling better from your lively fib response poem Jone! Thanks for your lovely review of Elaine’s book–looks and sounds like it would be fun to explore!

  5. YES! This is a gorgeous book and I just saw that author Elaine Magliaro won an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor for it!!!

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