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message 1: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (last edited May 19, 2013 04:54PM) (new)

Kathryn | 4309 comments Mod
The Picture Book Club will explore poetry in the month of June. This is now the master list and general discussion for picture poetry books.

As a reminder, these books should be approximately 32 pages in length with profuse illustrations.

Some children's poetry (such as that by Shel Silverstein) appears only in longer works. If members wish to read works by these authors, we would need to select only a few poems from an anthology to read together as a group. When you post your nomination please list not only the book but also a few poems from that book that you'd like to read.


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M.G. King (mgking) | 14 comments My favorite: Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, by Jack Pretelusky


message 4: by Manybooks (last edited May 04, 2013 06:14AM) (new)

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Kathryn wrote: "The Picture Book Club will explore poetry in the month of June. Please nominate books fitting that theme by posting in a comment below.

As a reminder, these books should be approximately 32 pages..."


Kathryn, since this is a picture book club, I think we should simply limit ourselves to picture books. Maybe for poetry, allow picture books with up to 60 or so pages as an upper limit, but no more than that (because it could get confusing if we had to choose poems from longer tomes and have everyone agree on which poems to read).


message 5: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

Kathryn | 4309 comments Mod
Gundula wrote: "Kathryn, since this is a picture book club, I think we should simply limit ourselves to picture books. Maybe for poetry, allow picture books with up to 50 pages as an upper limit, but no more than that (because it could get confusing if we had to choose poems from longer tomes and have everyone agree on which poems to read). "

Thanks for the suggestion, Gundula. You make a great point and logistics is definitely something I was concerned about when choosing poetry. I am fine with excluding anthologies by multiple authors. But I'm not sure what to do about a beloved author such as Shel Silverstein. Even though his books are not technically "picture books" they are definitely suitable for children and do contain pictures...

I think I will leave it up to the group to decide. I know that Silverstein was mentioned over in the comments on the poll and I wouldn't want him to be left out if some people voted for poetry expecting to read Silverstein. (Indeed, I, too, think he is synonymous with "children's poetry") Perhaps members could simply nominate a favorite of his books and then I as moderator could select a handful of poems from that book to read as a group (assuming the book gets the necessary number of votes)?


message 6: by Cheryl, Newbery Club host (new)

Cheryl (cherylllr) | 4688 comments Mod
That sounds good, Kathryn.

Poems are meant to be savored, so even a collection with only about 50 pages is going to be relatively long.

So, I'm nominating Poems for Children Nowhere Near Old Enough to Vote, in which the illustrations and layout play a key supporting role (just about exactly as they do in Silversteing's big collections). But I don't expect this little gem to make it to the polls and I have no idea how you'd choose which poems to read from it.

Poems for Children Nowhere Near Old Enough to Vote by Carl Sandburg Carl Sandburg


message 7: by Cheryl, Newbery Club host (last edited May 03, 2013 02:28PM) (new)

Cheryl (cherylllr) | 4688 comments Mod
Other very small collections that should be mentioned, at least because they belong on this master list, are I thought I heard the city by Lilian Moore by Lilian Moore and Peacock and Other Poems by Valerie Worth and others by Valerie Worth.

I thought I heard the city and Peacock and Other Poems


message 8: by Cheryl, Newbery Club host (new)

Cheryl (cherylllr) | 4688 comments Mod
The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes is a beautifully illustrated picture-book of just one poem. It should be easy to find.


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Cheryl (cherylllr) | 4688 comments Mod
While trying to remember the title of that one, I bumped into Langston Hughes's The Sweet and Sour Animal Book which is also an alphabet book, for fans of that genre (?).
The Sweet and Sour Animal Book by Langston Hughes

My library catalog says we have two copies of this, so I'll go next week to get it regardless of the poll, and while there I'll try to come up with more nominations.


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Michele | 180 comments Swirl by Swirl Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman


I love this book.


message 11: by Manybooks (last edited May 05, 2013 10:32AM) (new)

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CANADIAN CHILDREN'S POETRY (age suggestions from Amazon)

See Saw Saskatchewan (4+)

Images of Nature: Canadian Poets and the Group of Seven (9+)

The Circle Game (5+)

Long Powwow Nights (7+)

Winterberries and Apple Blossoms: Reflections and Flavors of a Mennonite Year (7+)

If I Had a Million Onions (6+)

Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall (5+)

Eenie Meenie Manitoba (4+)

The Way to Slumbertown (4+) This delightful bedtime book is a lush and soothing poem by Lucy Maud Montgomery made into a gorgeously illustrated lullaby.

The West Is Calling: Imagining British Columbia (4+) British Columbia haikus for children

The Secret of Your Name: Proud to Be Métis (10+) If I could have given this 10 stars, I would have done so.

If you're not from the prairie... (7+)

Loon (4+)

There's a Cow Under My Bed! (6+)

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree: A Canadian 12 Days of Christmas (3+)

Canadian Poems for Canadian Kids (9+)


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message 16: by Emily (new)

Emily The latest Prelutsky book, Stardines Swim High Across the Sky: and Other Poems, has a clever concept and very cool shadow box illustrations.


message 17: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

Kathryn | 4309 comments Mod
Great nominations!!! Thanks so much, all!


message 18: by Cheryl, Newbery Club host (new)

Cheryl (cherylllr) | 4688 comments Mod
I went to our library and browsed the shelves for picture-book shaped collections that looked short and were by some of my favorite authors. (I can't stand Prelutsky.)

I picked up (and will read and review whether or not they're chosen):

Cricket Never Does: A Collection of Haiku and Tanka by Myra Cohn Livingston

Blackberry Ink by Eve Merriam

Once Upon Ice by Jane Yolen

Arithmetic by Carl Sandburg, illustrated by Ted Rand

Poetry for Young People: Walt Whitman by Jonathan Levin

Mural on Second Avenue and Other City Poems by Lilian Moore

If I Had a Paka: Poems in Eleven Languages by Charlotte Pomerantz, illustrated by Nancy Tafuri

(All are wonderfully illustrated, except the haiku book which is spare line drawings (appropriate). I only listed the illustrators I recognized, to try to entice you to choose them... ;)


message 20: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

Kathryn | 4309 comments Mod
Thanks again for all the fabulous nominations! I don't know how we will choose just a few of them but the voting period is now open! ;-) Please choose your five top choices from our official nominations above and post your votes in a comment by May 17th. Thanks!


message 23: by Cheryl, Newbery Club host (new)

Cheryl (cherylllr) | 4688 comments Mod
The Sweet and Sour Animal Book
Arithmetic
Mural on Second Avenue and Other City PoemsIf I Had a Paka: Poems in Eleven Languages
Cricket Never Does: A Collection of Haiku and Tanka

These (of all the ones I want to read) are probably the best fit for this group (shorter, more readily available), in order from the top down.


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Dolly (dollymart) | 250 comments Megi, good point about Cricket Never Does: A Collection of Haiku and Tanka. I've never read it, so I didn't realize it had so few pictures.


message 26: by Cheryl, Newbery Club host (new)

Cheryl (cherylllr) | 4688 comments Mod
I know I've voted already, but for an annotation to the master list, I have to recommend Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors. Lots of glorious pictures, a diversity of styles of vivid poetry, and accurate, informative science.


message 27: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

Kathryn | 4309 comments Mod
The votes are in! There were only a few clear winners so I also added in my own preferences from the single-vote getters. I think we'll have a great month of wonderful poetry ahead!

Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

Flicker Flash

A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play

Mural on Second Avenue and Other City Poems

Sixth/Alternate (one of our top vote getters but perhaps stretching the "picture book" category just a bit): Cricket Never Does: A Collection of Haiku and Tanka


message 28: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

Kathryn | 4309 comments Mod
This now becomes the master list and general discussion for poetry picture books that are not part of our June discussion. Feel welcome to add to the list or post reviews/comments about other poetry picture books here.


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Jennifer (teacherrose) | 22 comments I am so excited about the selections for this month! It makes me feel better that I dropped the ball and failed to nominate in time the wonderful series of bilingual (English/Spanish) seasonal poetry books by Francisco X. Alarcón:

Angels Ride Bikes: And Other Fall Poems / Los Angeles Andan en Bicicleta: Y Otros Poemas de Otoño
Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems/Iguanas En La Nieve y Otros Poemas de Invierno
Laughing Tomatoes/Jitomates risuenos: And Other Spring Poems/Y otros poemas de primaveraFrom the Bellybutton of the Moon/Del ombligo de la luna: And Other Summer Poems/Y otros poemas de verano

I have owned and loved these books, poetry and illustrations, for many years. I highly recommend checking them out.


message 30: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

Kathryn | 4309 comments Mod
Jennifer, I'm so glad you are excited about the selections! :-) And thank you so much for adding to our master list. That sounds great!


message 31: by Cheryl, Newbery Club host (new)

Cheryl (cherylllr) | 4688 comments Mod
I'll def. look for that set of four by Alarcon - tx. :)


message 32: by Cheryl, Newbery Club host (new)

Cheryl (cherylllr) | 4688 comments Mod
I can vouch for Raven and River. It's one poem, with a verse on each page, about the breaking up of the river ice and the coming of spring in Alaska. Terrific to read aloud to anyone but the most restless rugrats.


message 33: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

Kathryn | 4309 comments Mod
Cheryl wrote: "I can vouch for Raven and River. It's one poem, with a verse on each page, about the breaking up of the river ice and the coming of spring in Alaska. Terrific to read aloud to anyon..."

Thanks!!!


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