Friday, April 29, 2011

PINK~ Poetry Interesting Nonfiction for Kids

What better way to end National Poetry Month with some more PINK ~ Poetry Interesting Nonfiction for Kids. (Sorry, doesn't exactly work, but looks good.)

Last month on INK, Kelly Fineman introduced National Poetry Month with a fabulous poetry-related post comprised of poetry books to complement a classroom’s curriculum. As National Poetry Month ends, I’d like to add to Kelly’s list with my arty, creativity-focused spin on poetry books for kids.

This month, while perusing nonfiction books on inventing, I found and fell in love with a new book. My find is a collection about inventions told through poems - and the poems were selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins - and the illustrations are by my new favorite illustrator, Julia Sarcone-Roach.

Incredible Inventions
By Lee Bennett Hopkins (Selected Poems)
Julia Sarcone-Roach (Illustrator)
Greenwillow 2009

Can be paired with:
Eureka! Poems about Inventors
By Joyce Sidman
21st Centrury 2002

Incorporating poetry into art appreciation classes is one way to reach out to the right-brain and complement the lesson.

In one class, while children were drawing cats during part of a lesson about the wonderful Franz Marc, I read to the class a book on cats in art and poetry.

Curious Cats: In Art and Poetry
By TK (author)
Atheneum 1999
Book paired with a lesson on Jacob Lawrence:
Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art
By Belinda Rochelle
Amistad 2000

Actually have two copies of this book in my personal collection:
Heart to Heart New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art
By Jan Greenherg (Editor) also INK contributor
Harry N. Abrams 2001

Paint Me a Poem: Poems Inspired by Masterpieces of Art
By Justine Rowden (author)
Boyds Mills Press 2005

Finally, I have to mention a new 2011 Golden Kite award-winner for Picture Book Illustration:
A Pocket Full of Posies
by Salley Mavor
Houghton Mifflin 2010
The illustrations are wildly creative and amazing. Please check this book out!

Poetry, art and creativity just seem to go hand in hand.

I know I missed some of our INK readers' personal favorites. Please feel free to add suggestions to the comments.

And remember, THINK PINK!

1 comment:

Kelly Fineman said...

Love this post, Anna - I'd add Jack Prelutsky's IF NOT FOR THE CAT to this, because the artwork by Ted Rand is fabulous, and goes a long way toward solving the riddles posed in the haiku text.