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The Poetry of US

As a child, poetry was an integral part of my reading life simply because it was wrapped up in the things available to kids. I was fascinated by Shel Silverstein and of course read a lot of Mother Goose. I don’t remember focusing on poetry until junior high where we learned all of the different... Continue Reading →

Shark Bites

There are so many great books out there for kids these days, it can be fun to put a grouping together to highlight a specific theme or idea. When I recently got a review copy of Shark Nate-O, which is coming out this April, it made me think of all of the fun books with... Continue Reading →

Poetry for Kids

One of the most wonderful things that we can do for our children is to open them to the world of poetry. Poetry used to be a huge part of a child's life when nursery rhymes were still popular, but poetry has gotten lost in the shuffle of modern life. It isn't that poetry isn't... Continue Reading →

Welcoming the Immigrant

A few weeks ago, my family visited New York and took a trip out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It is such an awe inspiring place and I wanted my girls to understand the importance of the immigrant in American society. I'm not sure exactly when they really start getting in to... Continue Reading →

Touring London with a Cat

My older daughter is heading to London this summer with her grandfather. Just in time, Usborne books published the really fun book Kitty Kat, Kitty Kat, Where Have you Been - London. As you may recall, the original poem is quite simple and goes like this: Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been? I've... Continue Reading →

Poetry to make you think

Recently my 3rd grade daughter had a quick unit on poetry. I was thrilled that they were teaching this as it is such an important style of writing. The more comfortable you can get kids with poetry at an early age, the better, in my opinion. So when we found the book Echo & Echo,... Continue Reading →

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