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Poetry Month Kid Lit Review of “Friends and Foes: Poems About Us All” by Douglas Florian

A new book by author/illustrator Douglas Florian is always a treat. His poems are clever, funny, and entertaining for both children and adults. This particular book celebrates difference and diversity, and the richness of the friendships that can result. As … Continue reading

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Poetry Month Kid Lit Review of “Sylvia’s Bookshop” by Robert Burleigh

This rather unusual book in rhyming verse is narrated by a bookstore, specifically the historic Shakespeare and Company Bookstore that opened in Paris in 1919 by an American woman named Sylvia Beach. This famous bookstore, facing the Seine and across … Continue reading

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Poetry Month Kid Lit Review of “Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings” by Matthew Burgess

Edward Estlin Cummings was born on October 14, 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He made up his first poem when he was three. His mother would record his poems in a little book called “Estlin’s Original Poems.” He also invented new … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month Kid Lit Review of “The Watcher” by Nikki Grimes

Normally I eschew books with religious themes, but I could not resist the combination of author Nikki Grimes and illustrator Bryan Collier. This clever and surprising book begins with a modernized translation of Psalm 121, one of the most beautiful … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month: Poetry and Science – Not Necessarily at Odds

As Poets.org notes, National Poetry Month each April is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place … Continue reading

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