Friday, August 24, 2012

It's Poetry Friday! Planning for the School Year Ahead



Selecting Poems for "Poetry Break!"

An Excellent First Poetry Experience:

Besides presenting an actual "Poetry Break!" one of my most favorite things to do is search for just the right poem.  I am always on the lookout for new poetry collections and anthologies but I love rereading through my collection of books.  One of my most favorite anthologies of poems for young children is Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young selected by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Marc Brown.

Well-known and loved poet, Jack Prelutsky has selected many short and wonderfully child-like poems by numerous poets.  Poems are grouped together by popular themes and topics of childhood, such as; play, animals, seasons, holidays, foods, weather, daily routines, and much more.  Every page contains two or three short poems that are accompanied by Marc Brown's (award-winning author and illustrator of the Arthur books) delightfully playful, color illustrations. 
Poem seekers will find helpful indexes, listing poems by first line, title, and by author.  

Check out this great Reader's Guide for Parents and Educators. Jack Prelutsky offers great advice for sharing this book with young children!

Read-aloud expert, Jim Trelease provides readers with an interesting and insightful introduction to this poetry anthology that was created with the youngest of children in mind.  Trelease makes this excellent point about the value and importance of sharing poetry with children:

Unlike the toys we buy our children, poems cannot break.  Their flavor will last longer than a hundred boxes of candy.  They come already assembled and need only one battery - a reader connected to one child.  And that reader can start a glow that lasts a lifetime. 

Go ahead . . . "ignite the glow" in a child today - take time for a "Poetry Break!"

Today's Poetry Friday Round-Up is being hosted at  Dori Reads.  Be sure to check out all of the wonderful poetry posts!


  1. Welcome to Poetry Friday! And a woofy welcome to Miley, too.

    Thanks for sharing these great resources. Will you be using Sylvia Vardell's and Janet's Wong new Poetry Friday Anthology this year? I just gave a copy to our school's media specialist and can't wait to hear how kids take to it.

    What a great quote you shared by Jim Trelease, that poems "come already assembled and need only one battery - a reader connected to one child."

  2. I love that Trelease quote, too. I have an old book by Trelease, The Read Aloud Handbook. What a marvelous resource it is. Thanks for joining us for Poetry Friday.

  3. Thanks for the warm welcome!

    Robyn, I am ordering a copy of the Poetry Friday book and can't wait to use it and share it with my colleagues! :)

    Doraine, I also love Trelease's handbooks! I was pleasantly surprised to see his introduction in Prelutsky's anthology. I find that reading the intro's to poetry collections and anthologies is always very informative and interesting! I plan to share the little gems that I learn from them! :)