Poetry Friday: CYBILS Poetry Finalists

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Thank you to Linda at Teacher Dance for hosting Poetry Friday.

ICYMI: On Sunday, January 1, 2017, the CYBILS’ finalists for Poetry were announced. 

I must tell you that this was perhaps one of the most difficult years to whittle forty titles in Poetry down to seven finalists.  There were SO many great books. So, so many.  I am proud of our committee: Joy Acey, Linda Baie, Carol Wilcox, Kortney Garrison, Sylvia Vardell, and Tricia Stohr-Hunt.  We came to consensus on the list that represents diversity and something for all ages.

And here are the finalists:

Booked
by Kwame Alexander
HMH Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: PragmaticMom

Nick Hall is a typical eighth grader who loves soccer and hates school. Unfortunately, he has a father who is a linguistics professor afflicted with chronic verbomania.* Nick’s father loves words so much that he has written a dictionary, Weird and Wonderful Words, which he is forcing Nick to read, one letter at a time. And of course, his father is much more interested in developing his son’s cognitive abilities than in supporting Nick’s passion for soccer.

Most of Nick’s problems are typical middle school dilemmas– boring classes, budding interest in a girl, and dealing with the school bullies, twins who steal Nick’s bike. And of course the book has a couple of caring adults- one of whom happens to be a former Grammy-winning rapper turned school librarian, Mr. MacDonald. Nick’s life takes an unexpected turn when his parents inform him they are separating and his mother is moving out of state to return to her first love, training horses.

What’s not typical about this book are Kwame Alexander’s poems. Alexander uses a variety of poetic forms- including free verse, acrostics, found poems, and many others. And thanks to Nick’s father, there’s tons of interesting and unusual vocabulary- codswalloped, limerence, cacchinate, to name a few.

A novel-in-verse that’s sure to engage even the most reluctant reader.

*a love of words

Carol Wilcox, Carol’s Corner

Fresh Delicious
by Irene Latham, illustrated by Mique Moriuchi
Wordsong
Nominated by: Linda Baie

Irene Latham’s poems and Mique Moriuchi’s illustrations bring to the reader one of the colorful pleasures of summer in this “fresh” and “delicious” poetry. Here we go into the farmer’s market, baskets on our arms. They might be filled with “a fleet of green submarines” (cucumbers), ” a “mountain of mice-sized swords” (okra) or “rows upon rows/of tiny noses” (corn on the cob). The poems open the senses to new ideas about fruits and vegetables found. They are mouth-watering to imagine through the words, with illustrations that show the animals shopping in the happiest of ways. In the poem Wild Honey, Irene writes that it makes “our tongues/buzz/with pleasure.” In this book of poetry, readers will do the same. Irene also shares recipes after the market shopping, just right for kids to help with the cooking.

Linda Baie, Teacher Dance

Garvey’s Choice
by Nikki Grimes
Wordsong
Nominated by: MissRumphius

A middle grade verse novel that strikes at the heart of early adolescent angst, Grimes has given us a heartfelt, realistic portrayal of what it means for a young person to navigate school, friendships and family life. Garvey, who is overweight and not the athlete his father hoped he would be, has dreams of his own. Written in tanka, Grimes’ short verses pack an emotional punch, sharing the highs and lows of Garvey’s journey to figure out who he is, while simultaneously making himself happy and his father proud. Father and son eventually find that connection, and I dare you not to tear up when they do. Grimes has a gift for getting to the heart of middle school angst and gives readers a boy they will love and won’t soon forget.

Tricia Stohr-Hunt, The Miss Rumphius Effect

Guess Who, Haiku
by Deanna Caswell, illustrated by Bob Shea
Harry N Abrams
Nominated by: Kortney Garrison

Guess Who, Haiku by Deanna Caswell is a fun introduction to the puzzle of poetry. Each spread presents a farm animal’s poem–a riddle in haiku form–on bright pages with simple, engaging illustrations by Bob Shea.

The familiar barnyard animals and the rhythm and rhyme of the repeating lines make this an excellent read-aloud. It’s the perfect book for groups of mixed age children at library storytime or at home. The youngest children will enjoy the riddles while older children will want to take up the writing challenge.

Deanna Caswell plays with language, and then invites her readers to join the fun! The delightful end matter continues the game and helps to answer the last, most surprising riddle of all.

Kotney Garrison, One Deep Drawer

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
by Laura Shovan
Wendy Lamb Books
Nominated by: Adrienne Gillespie

A teacher and her students work together to try to save their school from demolition in this novel in verse snapshot of one fifth grade class across a whole school year. Ms. Hill’s class of 18 students includes a mix of boys and girls, twins, Spanish speakers, children from a variety of cultural backgrounds, shy kids, leaders, friends, “frenemies,” all trying to express themselves through poetry. Each poem reflects an individual point of view that changes and grows over the year contributing to a complete narrative detailing their classroom dynamics as well as their struggle to take an active stand for their school. Shovan effectively employs 17 different forms of poems throughout this novel in verse including acrostic, concrete, diamante, epistolary, fib, found, free verse, haiku, limerick, list, narrative, ode, rap, rhyming, senryu, sonnet and tanka poems. This is an engaging school-based story in poems that can inspire young readers to become activists in their communities and to consider writing poetry as a vehicle for achieving some of their goals.

Sylvia Vardell, Poetry for Children

To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party
by Skila Brown
Candlewick Press
Nominated by: Jonemac

Donner Party. This ill-fated party began their westward journey from Illinois to California in the spring of 1846. An ill advised detour proves deadly as less than half of the party actually survived.
Through the eyes of 19-year-old, Mary Ann Graves, readers travel on the trail with her family.
Skila’s poems match the mood of the party. In the beginning, they are light with a quick tempo. But as the travel slows, challenges surface along with danger, and so does the cadence and tone of Mary Ann’s voice. Readers are with her during that ominous snowstorm. when the entire party takes shelter and are forced into cannibalism to survive.
Skila captures a compelling story of adventure, despair and survival that readers will want to read again and again.

Jone Rush MacCulloch, Check It Out

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons
by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by  Julie Morstad
Roaring Brook Press
Nominated by: Sara Ralph

When Green Becomes Tomatoes Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano gently leads the reader through a year’s worth of journal entry poems to celebrate the seasons. Written without capitalization or punctuation, the poems take advantage of caesuras and spacing on the page to draw the reader through the poems. There is a Zen like/haiku feeling of discovery in the short poems.

These poems frolic in nature and provide fresh language for young ones just learning language and for jaded old timers who need new ways of seeing and discovering their environment.

Joy Acey, Poetry for Kids Joy

Stay tuned and wait for Valentine’s Day when our winner is revealed.  Until then I will be featuring books that were on my shortlist but were left behind.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.

Poetry Friday: A Visit from St. Nicholas

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I woke up this morning and realized I had lost a day and that it was Friday! Poetry Friday!

Visit all the other posts at Buffy’s Blog, she’s hosting today.

One of my favorite things to do with students is to read the various versions of this classic poem.  I love the discussions we have about the illustrations and the interpretations.  And someone ALWAYS asks “Where is Rudolph?” Which is a fun story, too.

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One of my  favorite rendition’s of this poem is Rachel Isadora’s rendition of the story.

I love that it’s set in Africa and that Santa has dreadlocks.  Her artwork is stunning and so detailed. It makes for lively conversation with students.

The poem was published on December 23, 1823.

A Visit from St. Nicholas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds;

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,

Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,

When what to my wondering eyes did appear,

But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,

With a little old driver so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!

Read the rest at The Poetry Foundation

Enjoy the season!

Happy Friday.  Happy Poetry.

Poetry Friday: A Gift of Birds

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Thank you, Tabatha for hosting Poetry Friday at Tabatha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference.

And thanks to Tabatha, who is the best at organizing poem swaps in the summer and late November-December.

Last week we had our first snow day of the year.  And in the mail that day, one of my very favorite birds arrived from Brenda of Friendly Fairy Tales.  It’s the cardinal which doesn’t reside in the Pacific Northwest and which I have seen twice in my life.

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I especially love the “feasting on seed, daring the ground, darting up in need.”  That reminds me of the Oregon Juncos that hop around the deck looking for crumbs of the suet block.

And Brenda’s generosity didn’t stop there, I also received other goodies among which was this lovely embroidered ornament from Buffalo Stitch and a journal from them…I have been drooling over at their website. Well, it’s going to move to my writing room after the tree comes down.  Thank you so much, Brenda!

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This is the last call to sign up for the New Year Poetry Postcard Exchange.  I will be organizing recipient lists by Wednesday, December 21 and emailing the address to people.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry,

Poetry Friday: Welcome Everyone and a Some Ideas for Poetry Postcards.

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Welcome to my place.  I realized that Poetry Friday happens regardless of the weather.  We don’t need to worry about cancelling because people can’t get here.

Last week, I invited everyone to the New Year Poetry Exchange. And people are signing up. I am doing a happy dance.  Someone commented it would be their first time which made me think about providing some ideas as a start.  I am a jump into the fire kind of person but not every one jumps into the fire.  I appreciate that.

First off and most importantly, there are no rules (well, maybe to at least get the New Year Post Cards out by the end of January?)

My first year (and I am sorry but I don’t have a photo), I printed off a photo from the coast, created a photo card, and put the haiku on a label and stuck it on the inside of the card.

Another year, I discovered that you can order postcards from places like Walgreen in their photo section (I also discovered that you need to prepare at least two weeks ahead as they are sent out for processing.

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This past year, I’ve discovered this product from Amazon:

FREEZ-A-FRAME 77215 PHOTO POST CARD SET518awqbzjml

I’m sure there other resources for this.  I can order prints of my haiku photos from the local photo place (normally Walgreens) and then use the above backs to create a post card.

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BUT

You can purchase postcards and write a poem on the back of it and I have sent those as well.  I love buying postcards from places I visit and then writing a poem inspired by the postcard.

AGAIN, THERE ARE NO RULES! And that’s the fun of it.  So I hope you join us!  You can sign up here:

PS If you signed up last week, please make sure I have your email. I corrected the form.  II need to email you the addresses of the people you’ll send postcards to.

I am looking for to your posts today!

 

Poetry Friday: New Year Poetry Postcard Exchange

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Can you believe it’s December?    So welcome. I am glad you are here.  Poetry is so needed these days. I have been in a slump!  It made me wonder about a fun project I have done with others in the past:  sending out New Year Poems on postcards.

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This is one I sent last year.  And while I created my own photo postcard, it can be as simple as sending a postcard with a poem written, scribbled, etc on the back.  Would it be fun to start 2017 with a poem.  After 2016, I am in need of poetic words.

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These are from a previous year in what I received.  This group was haiku based around the Japanese New Year. As you can see, it was the year of the goat.  This year if you are inclined for a prompt, it’s the year of the rooster.

Here’s the Google Form to sign up if interested.  There are choices like sending five postcards or ten, sending in the states or internationally, your choice.  I really hope that you will consider signing up for this exchange.

I am looking forward to ringing in the New Year with you via poetry post cards.

Thank you Bridget, for hosting Poetry Friday this week.

 

Poetry Friday: Fourth Grade Haiku

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Thanks goes to Brenda today for hosting Poetry Friday at Friendly Fairy Tales.

Big news at Michelle’s Today’ Little Ditty.  Read the details here:

Five for Friday: Best Things + BIG NEWS!

I’m thrilled to be part of this collection. Here’s where to buy the book:

The Best of Today’s Little Ditty, 2014-2015 is available
in paperback for $9.95 or as a Kindle ebook for $5.95.

When you walk in the hallways and discover these gems by Mr. Yates fourth graders:

Crackling wood in fire.
terrifying, drifting leaves.
Jumping in cold hay.

~Luke

Leaves falling off trees
Yellow red leaves soggy wet
Golden marshmallows

~Emma

OUTDOOR HAIKU

Rain makes grass dark green
Leaves are red orange yellow
Rain makes dirt mushy

Rain makes mushrooms grow
Rain drops drip from orange trees
Rain makes trees grow more

~Lucas

 yellow shining leaves
leaves are dancing in the wind
cloudy sunny day

 ~Ethan V.

Fresh crisp Autumn air
Golden leaves surfing the win
The season of pumpkins                          

~Shawnpaul        

Windy rainy cold outside
Foggy moist wet cold morning
Squishy soggy grass        

~Lillianna

Red rainbow draping.
Golden dancing orange red leaves
Autumn leaf is falling.

~Dade

Walking down forest,
Feeling chills flowing down back,
Sun light shining down

~Aubyn

Bright orange sun setting
Golden yellow leaves falling
Slight breeze flowing

~Aeven

Orange red gold-en green
Crun-chy bright color-full hap-py
Blue wet yel-low wind.

~Sean C

 

Bright blue sunny day
Falling dancing twirling leaves
Golden yellow leaves

~Abigail

Big soft leaves on trees
Gold soft leaves in the back yard
Orange pumpkins on porch

~Sebastian

Spider webs with dew,
Frosty trees with yellow leaves,
Hot apple cider

~Dakotah

Green grass is growing
Deep violet  shades purple
Big fat round pumpkins.

~Milina

Foggy  Misty air
purple leaves rain golden sun
Burning hot cocoa

~Schala

Golden leaves falling
orange pumpkins rolling down hill
pumpkins growing big

~Hunter

Gloomy,droopy,rain
Twilit road,cool sheets,pillow
trees turn orange,red,brown.

~Lily

Dark blue stormy day.
Cracking smacking breaking sticks.
Red orange crunchy leaves.

~Jolee

Trick-or-treat my friend
Cold breeze feels winter to day
Orange pumpkins round off.

~Sarah

Falling leaves golden
Trees, birds flying, foggy air,
Glow jack o’ lanterns.

 

~Medina

Scarecrows stuck in hay.
Jack O’Lanterns on porch deck
Crows saying caw caw.

~Jordan

Red blue drifting leaves
Leaves dropping from maple trees
Yellow shining leaves

~Michael