Alas, this collection from 1988 is out of print, but, if you can find it, this is probably one of the very best collections of children's poetry put t...moreAlas, this collection from 1988 is out of print, but, if you can find it, this is probably one of the very best collections of children's poetry put together by Lee Bennett Hopkins. And what's more, this one is illustrated by Hilary Knight (and what whimsical, gorgeous illustrations await throughout, spread across pages, crawling up margins, dancing through verses--this one is a feast for the eyes).
The collection includes works by
Edward Lear Robert Lewis Stevenson Langston Hughes and Robert Frost (who models the mentoring process)
Eve Merriam Myra Cohn Livingston David McCord and Aileen Fisher
Again, if you can find this one out there, it is a MUST HAVE with Mr. Hankins highest ONE BOOK/FOUR HANDS distinction.(less)
Another one for the children's poetry collection. Mine came with a little tear in the corner of the dust jacket, but happy to find another Myra Cohn L...moreAnother one for the children's poetry collection. Mine came with a little tear in the corner of the dust jacket, but happy to find another Myra Cohn Livingston title for the shelf.
One good idea that came from reading the poems. What about older games like "Tray" being a form of anticipatory sets before reading a longer work?(less)
In celebration of mothers, a collection of poems by X. J. Kennedy ("House Noises"), Valerie Worth ("My Mother"), Lucille Clifton ("My Natural Mama"),...moreIn celebration of mothers, a collection of poems by X. J. Kennedy ("House Noises"), Valerie Worth ("My Mother"), Lucille Clifton ("My Natural Mama"), and Myra Cohn Livingston ("Working with My Mother"). This was a Friends of the Library sale find for me. . .(less)
A nice collection of poems wonderfully-suited for gifting, especially if you have a senior baseball player getting ready to graduate or go on to play...moreA nice collection of poems wonderfully-suited for gifting, especially if you have a senior baseball player getting ready to graduate or go on to play college ball. . .or for a coach. . .or for a volunteer umpire. Give the gift of poetry with this collection of poems about "America's game."
A nice blend of classic and contemporary pieces offered by one of children's poetry's great voices and collectors, Lee Bennett Hopkins.
In this 1993 collection:
Samuel Allen celebrates Satchel Paige who's pitching is like "[whipping] three hot strikes burnin' down the heavens."
Peter Golenbeck captures the moment PeeWee Reese shakes hands with teammate Jackie Robinson before a speechless crowd in "from Teammates."
Ernest Lawrence Taylor's classic poem appears here for students coming to the tragedy of Casey for the first time.
J. Patrick Lewis takes a humorous look at pitches that look like they might be hit. . .only to see them drop in the catcher's mitt in "Great Pitches."
There's something magical to be found in the marriage of baseball and poetry. I love how the sport gives itself over to be rendered in onomatopoeia most naturally.
Whomp! Crack! Strike!
Poetry and baseball create a perfect fit. . .and Hopkins hits this collection out of the park!
A celebration of the Bahamas in multiple voices to include the children, the people in the marketplace. . .the people who call this place their home a...moreA celebration of the Bahamas in multiple voices to include the children, the people in the marketplace. . .the people who call this place their home and share it with the reader in National Council of Teachers of English Excellence in Poetry for Children Award winner, Eloise Greenfield. The collection begins by putting the reading into "That Kind of Day":
It's that kind of day and that kind of season when the breeze is sweet and the cool air calls "Come out!" It beckons the folks who come out of doors and wander about pretending at first to look for chores although they know they just want to walk in the breeze and the pale sunlight it's that kind of day.
"Traditions" is a celebration of a tradition in the face of curiosity. The narrators here offer a teachable moment in preserving knowledge passed along. I love the Gwendolyn Brooks kind of separation of the word "we" at the line break here. I wish I could hear this read aloud:
Pineapples! pumpkins! chickens! we carry them on our heads you see we can glide along forever and not drop a thing, no never never even use our hands never put a finger to it you know how we learned to do it? knowledge came from other lands Africans of long ago passed it down to us and so now we pass it on to you for what is old is also new pineapples, pumpkins, chickens, we carry more than the things you see we also carry history
The collection is sometimes random, presenting a woman on the street in a "sassy" hat, or a serious man in a red suit. The reader gets to look in on a wedding and a gathering of birds. Families walk out of churches slowly and meet in the park under trees. The whole of the collection feels like Greenfield asking us, "What would you like to see next? What else could we show you? Oh. . .look over here."
The paintings by Mr. Amos Ferguson lend a nice feel to this collection, a must for those collecting titles by NCTE Award Winning poets.(less)
Someday you will understand that life can't flow as you always planned.
Lee Bennett Hopkins opens up his world to readers who have treasured h...moreSomeday you will understand that life can't flow as you always planned.
Lee Bennett Hopkins opens up his world to readers who have treasured his poetry collections and anthologies with this tender, touching memoir.
My thoughts keep returning to the 29 cent butter dish ("Woolworth: Downtown Newark") that Lee gifts to his mother in the memoir, thinking again about the gifts that Lee has given us within the poetry community.
Someday we'll be rich I thought
Rich enough to own a dish like that
We are all richer for Lee's sharing his gift with all of us.
From a divorce to moving to a lesson learned about the power of words found in "Clutching." Lee moves through this memoir discussing "uncles" who might become fathers, the teachers who laughed at Lee's desire to be a writer and those with vision and heart who saw something within him and affirmed his dream. Lee weaves a story of growth and maturity in the midst of loss and unpredictability.
A super example of how poetry can be used to render a snapshot of a person's life to create something memorable.
A must-have title if you are collecting Lee Bennett Hopkins titles for your classroom library.(less)
Poetry. . .bugs. . .boys. . .I think I see a kind of perfect match with the approach of April when we begin to celebrate poetry with our younger reade...morePoetry. . .bugs. . .boys. . .I think I see a kind of perfect match with the approach of April when we begin to celebrate poetry with our younger readers.
Okay. Wait. Maybe we lost you here. Bugs. . .yes. . .bugs. Look around your room right now? I'll bet you have some boys who absolutely love bugs. But when will they ever get to read a collection of poems about them? Or find them in a lesson or a book quite possibly meant just for them.
Lee Bennett Hopkins has done it again with NASTY BUGS. He's brought along his poetic friends to include Rebecca Kai Dotlich ("Boll Weevil"), X. J. Kennedy ("Colorado Potato Beetle"), Marilyn Singer ("Disagreeable Fleas"), J. Patrick Lewis ("Spoiled Rotten"), Kristine O'Connell George ("Bedbug Has a Bite to Eat"), and Douglas Florian ("The Giant Water Bug").
Will Terry's illustrations are a graphic delight with each page dedicated to the piece and a depiction of the bug being celebraed. The illustrations are cartoon-ish, but realistic enough to satisfy your bug lovers in the room. For Writer's Workshop readiness, Hopkins's collection here has some of the best of the best by way of master poets who tease with a promised rhyme or lend an irresistible cadence that just begs reading aloud.
Marilyn Singer offers these lines about fleas:
The eager bugs set up shop in houses, yards, on St. Bernards.
Can you hear the cadence here? Your younger readers/listeners will be able as well, making Singer's piece just one that can be emulated for style and rhythm of a student's own.
Current Children's Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis offers this not-quite-ready-for-lunchtime piece about maggots:
I'm a maggot. I'm a marvel of the larval generation. I'm a comma In a drama of disgusting devastation.
There is a hip hop feel to this piece that invites conversations about internal rhyme and metaphor that younger readers might recognize in classroom-friendly rap pieces. "Spoiled Rotten" really demonstrates why J. Patrick Lewis is a treasured children's poet.
Amy Ludwig Vanderwater's piece, "Lice" will have you looking for your school-provided little black comb after that first itch materializes.
I am the proud owner of a number of Lee Bennett Hopkins's anthologies and collections and he never disappoints, even with a creepy-crawly subject like "bugs." The ability to draw from some of today's best children's poets continue to make Hopkins one to look to and to look for when adding poetry collections to one's classroom library.
"Ladder" this one up with two poetry book coming out this year by children's poetry treasures, Jane Yolen (BUG OFF) and Helen Frost (STEP GENTLY OUT). It's going to be a buggy poetry month this year!(less)
Singer is too much fun in this 2011 collection of couplets dedicated to animals in love. And where else could you rhyme "you smell delish" with "want...moreSinger is too much fun in this 2011 collection of couplets dedicated to animals in love. And where else could you rhyme "you smell delish" with "want to share my water dish?" unless it was within the budding relationship of two dogs? Or a porcupine who says he will practice by snuggling up to a cactus. My favorite in the collection is the one just for elephants. (less)
Current NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children Award Winner, J. Patrick Lewis, offers verse celebrating the likes of Emily Dickinson, Georgia O'Keefe,...moreCurrent NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children Award Winner, J. Patrick Lewis, offers verse celebrating the likes of Emily Dickinson, Georgia O'Keefe, and Venus and Serena Williams (for whom Lewis offers a very nice poem for two voices).(less)
Definitions, explorations, and invitations to read, to revisit, and to write your own poetry. Poem-Making would make a wonderful companion in the midd...moreDefinitions, explorations, and invitations to read, to revisit, and to write your own poetry. Poem-Making would make a wonderful companion in the middle grade writing workshop to SPILLING INK. Use also with Ted Kooser's THE POETRY HOME REPAIR MANUAL.
Livingston is an NCTE award-winning poet whose contributions as an anthologist continues to be celebrated. Her ability to pull from canonized poets to poets familiar for their more contemporary offerings, the book would serve teachers well for quick pull-out examples of poems that could be used as mentor text for form or approach.(less)