Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Children's Books at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Official Readerbuzz Guide to All Things Children's Poetry-ish: Poetry Month Blog Tour

Welcome to the 2014 National Poetry Month: Reach for Horizon Blog Tour in which bloggers, poets, authors, and readers review books, talk about poets, write poetry, share their inspirations, and celebrate the love of poetry this April, sponsored by Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit

Here I am, ready to share my love for children's poetry.

You like poetry, don't you? Yes, I'm sure you do. (Though if, perchance, you do not, take a look at this Readerbuzz blog post from May of 2013:  Amazing Poetry Books for People Who Say They Do Not Like Poetry.)

Children love poetry. They can't help it. We seem to be born with a love for repetition and rhyme and sounds and poetry is all of that. 

So here, then, tada! is the Official Readerbuzz Guide to All Things Children's Poetry-ish.

Let's start children off right, from day one, from the very beginning, with wonderful Mother Goose rhymes. They are perfect for small moments. Waiting for a bus. Tying shoes. Preparing breakfast. Taking a walk. Try it. You know these. Or if you feel a little rusty, check out these books.

When you are ready for a little more, try Marc Brown's Playtime Rhymes: A Treasury for Families to Learn and Play Together. You know these, too. "This little piggie went...." Right? You really must invest a few bucks in this little book, if you have young children. It's perfect for them.

Once your children are ready for more, you are going to find rhyme everywhere. Notably, Eric Carle. Margaret Wise Brown. John Burningham. Helen Oxenbury. Shirley Hughes. Rhyme, rhythm, repetition...poetry. Everywhere. Of the 35 books listed for 0-3 year olds in the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, almost all of them feature either rhyme or repetition or rhythm. I recommend:

After a time, poetry can feel very sing-song-ish. It can feel tired. Let's be careful here. Trying to force more poetry on kids who are feeling a little bored with poetry can backfire. Time then to move into more complex poetry. Poetry with a little more surprise. Try these. A great collection of children's poetry is always a good choice. Let your child pick the poem. Every poem with a little illustration to carry you through. Seasonal poems. Poems about nature. Poems about school and its woes. Family poems. Perfect.

And when children grow cold to these rhymes, it's time to move into edgy poetry. Wait to introduce these poetry books until your child is ready and you will give your child books he will love forever and always. Where the Sidewalk Ends and the other Shel Silverstein jewels and Jack Prelutsky books are my two big favorites. 

Here is where I must leave you. I'm sure there are many, many wonderful poets for the scary-edgy-er teen years, but this is a forest in which I have never ventured (and, honestly, never want to venture). Thanks for coming along with me on this journey. I bet you have great recommendations that I have left off and I would love to add here. Please don't hesitate to share these with us.

Bookish Things (That Aren't Books) That I Like

Book-ish Things (That Aren't Books) That I Like

Book-ish Clothes
Tommy Hilfiger Long-Sleeve Printed Shirtdress    

Book-ish Houses
    Designed by Elding Oscarsonhouse-of-books 

Book-ish Diversions


Book-ish Vehicles


El tanque recorre las calles de la Ciudad de las Siete Colinas.

Book-ish Art

anagram_octopus  Beautiful Sculptures On Folded Book Art 

Book-ish Furniture
  Bibliophilism in art  with Paper & Books Book Art  

Not coffee table books…coffee table of books


“We used a table made of books at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis.” -CoreyMDalton
Image Credit: CoreyMDalton

OH OH OH OH OHHHHH this is too much for me.  Beautiful.
  book tub.  Found this amazing book chair on wheels via HarperCollins and Shelf Awareness:        DIY headboard made of books

Book-ish Treats
181551428697896731_TjxtJgqS_c  The Works of Roald Dahl Cake  book-cake-eat-pray-love

Book-ish Friends
Batman Reading  Elvis reading, 1961. Elvis’ favorite book list (books 1-10):
The Impersonal Life; The Initiation of the World; The Prophet; The Mystical Christ; The Secret Doctrine; Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East; The Leaves of Morya’s Garden, Volumes I & II; Red Tree (by “Christine Hayes” - Maia Christianne Nartoomid); The Philosophy of Shopenhauer; Life of Christ 

Book-ish Vacations
library hotel new york city hk hotels
The Library Hotel in New York City

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Monday, April 14, 2014

211 Books!


What Arrived Last Week

211 Books.
Brought home from TLA.
Mostly free.

What are you reading today?!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between.  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from. I love being a part of this and I hope you do too. As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme.