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
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Can be paired with:
Eureka! Poems about Inventors
By Joyce Sidman
21st Centrury 2002
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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
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Book paired with a lesson on Jacob Lawrence:
Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art
By Belinda Rochelle
Amistad 2000
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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
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Paint Me a Poem: Poems Inspired by Masterpieces of Art
By Justine Rowden (author)
Boyds Mills Press 2005
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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!
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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.