It was a wild, windy March! Enjoyed numerous books, videos, webpage resources, and literacy celebrations.
Families celebrating Poetry Month, don’t miss out on this brilliant blog- Book Chook with poetry celebration links galore: http://www.thebookchook.com/2011/03/online-inspiration-for-young-poets.html
Here are my favorite featured books of the month:
Nest, Nook & Cranny by Susan Blackaby, Illustrated by Jamie Hogan
Please pick up a poetry book this month! Our special guest author is visiting Ridgewood on April 11th- Susan Blackaby and my favorite of her books is this beautiful poetry book which brings you through different animal habitats and creative poetry writing ideas!
Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig; Illustrated by Beth Adams
This book directly connects with another book called My Secret Bully which brings you through the impact on a girl who is bullied by someone she considered a friend. This new book is from the other perspective- the bully from My Secret Bully is “caught” and has to learn about bullying. I personally loved the empowering tools for dealing with bullying for any child growing up. This is an important topic and Trudy Ludwig touches on it in a realistic, approachable way for any class, family, or student to read. Call Number: FIC LUD
Elsie’s Bird By Jane Yolen and David Small
Beautiful story both the writing and illustration, perfect to share with children who need a starting point discussing change. It deals with moving, grief, and family…
Call Number: E YOL
Also, here are some fun poetry webpages I enjoy celebrating poetry and literacy with- more below my books I’ve read:
April is Poetry Month: http://ww.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41
National Screen Free/TV Turnoff Week April 18-24: http://www.screentime.institute.org/index.php
D.E.A.R. Drop Everything and Read Day- April 12th- PLEASE consider practicing DEAR sometime that day:
I read numerous other books I’ll mention as well:
Earthquake Terror by Peg Kehret: Grade 3 and up: The earthquake impact on a family filled me with the intense need to finish this book in one day, could not put it down. This will be an OBOB 3rd-5th grade title for 2011-2012 and I look forward to hearing what students think about it!
How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart: Grade 5 and up: I enjoyed this beautiful story because of the connections to bullying, student created, and thoughtful friendship developments.
Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place – The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood- Grade 4 and up: This book won’t be released for a while but it is an entertaining continuation of the initial book. Left me wanting to read the third book!
The Sister’s Club- Cloudy with a chance of boys by Megan McDonald: Grade 3 and up: This book isn’t released yet but I recommend any of the books in The Sister’s Club series.
Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in it by Sundee T. Frazier: Grade 4 and up: Touching story dealing with a boy who didn’t think it was a big deal that he was bi-racial until he found out about the grandfather he never met…
The Books of Elsewhere- Spellbound by Jacqueline West- Grade 4 and up. I love this book series- this one isn’t going to be released until August but if you haven’t read the first Books of Elsewhere, I recommend you read about the girl who found out how to magically walk into pictures!
The Magic Thief- Found by Sarah Prineas- Grade 4 and up. This series is interesting. I enjoyed the additional storyline with teh dragon this time.
Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist – Flight of the Phoenix by R.L. LaFever – Grades 2 and up: Great quick fantasy read with interesting characters and a fun adventure.
No Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko – Grade 4/5 and up. This book is a developing, curious, fascinating read. It has a mixture of realistic fiction and fantasy with a terrific conclusion.
Mal and Chad by Stephen McCranie
Cute new graphic novel with a genius kid and his inventions/adventures.
High School Books:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – High School level: I really enjoyed this book- quality read story with humor, romance, and great character development within it.
Godless by Pete Hautman- High School level: This was a fascinating look at isolation of a high school student who created a new religion which changed the lives of many of his classmates. Really interesting book.
Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff – High School level: Gorgeous exploration of the life of a girl who decides to take a job being a nanny for a 17 year old mother of two children at night after she comes home from school. I also read the sequel True Believer which was a stand alone story but nice to continue to see what was happening in the life of the characters.
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones – High School level: Intense read, brilliant.
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher- High School level: I enjoyed the mystery element in this book and the storyline with a teacher who provokes rich, thoughtful conversations with her students. I recommend any high school student to read Chris Crutcher books!
Celebrating Poetry: I especially love The Crocodile’s Toothache by Shel Silverstein: youtube video:
Concrete Poetry- pick a shape and write your poem!http://www.wild-about-woods.org.uk/elearning/concretepoetry/
Instant Poetry Forms: Interactive fill in the blank poetry forms. Good for getting ideas started! http://ettcweb.lr.k12.nj.us/forms/newpoem.htm
Writing with Writers: Poetry – Study the genre of poetry in step-by-step workshops with favorite authors: Jack Prelutsky, Karla Kuskin, and Jean Marzollo. http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/
Acrostic Poems: ReadWriteThink’s interactive poetry creation site: http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/acrostic/
30 Poets/30 Days Blog: This writer, volunteer librarian, and blogger Gregory K. will be posting one or two previously unpublished poems by a different poet every day on his blog!
National Poem In Your Pocket Day is Thursday, April 14, 2011.
Poets.org suggests you find a poem you love, carry it with you on April 14th, and share it with co-workers, family and friends. You could have students find a poem they like and share them in small groups that day. Students at Ridgewood will be challenged to carry poetry for the whole week and share with one adult a day. Bonus is adults will be carrying around beep-beeps or free book tickets for students to use at the Ridgewood Carnival on April 15th!