Category Archives: poetry

Free Friday: Soul Looks Back in Wonder

Souls Look Back in Wonder, illustrated by Tom Feelings, is a collection of poems by various Black poets (including Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Walter Dean Myers) that all have messages of uplifting Black children and encouraging them to embrace their blackness and their culture. I was drawn to the rich, colorful illustrations that convey meaning […] Continue reading

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Smooooooooth Jazz

Take a trip back in time with Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph. Using a collection of original poems, writer Roxanne Orgill tells the stories of jazz musicians like Thelonious Monk, Rex Stewart, and Maxine Sullivan who all gathered one day on day 126th Street. This story starts with an idea—all the good […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: A Book of Reverso Poems

When I first pulled A Book of Reverso Poems: Mirror Mirror off the shelf, the cover captivated me. Author Marilyn Singer and illustrator Josée Masse were able to master the ability of combining multiple perspectives into poetry and art. Poetry is a tricky thing to write for young children and I think Singer did a […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: Tan to Tamarind

It’s Friday!!! That not only means that it’s time for the weekend, it’s also time for Free Fridays! This Free Friday is dedicated to Malathai Iyengar’s Tan to Tamarind: poems about the color brown. Tan to Tamarind explores the different shades of brown and the cultures that are often associated with people of those shades. Each poem is […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Books: Under the Freedom Tree!

Under the Freedom Tree By: Susan VanHecke Illustrated by: London Ladd   Through free verse poetry and bold illustrations, Susan VanHecke and London Ladd work together to share the story of the end of slavery. Beginning in 1861, Frank, James, and Shepard embark on their journey to escape slavery. The men end up in Slabtown, […] Continue reading

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Video games and poetry – are they really all that much different?

As dorky as it is, I’ve got to say that I probably get excited when our class is assigned a poem more than any of the other forms of media we have been studying this semester. While we can a gather a ton of insights from any of the works we have looked at so […] Continue reading

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Dancing with the Indians by Angela Shelf Medearis, Illustrated by Samuel Byrd

Dancing with the Indians tells the story of an African-American family who travels to join the narrator’s grandfather living with the Seminole Indians. There they take part in the Rainbow Dance and listen to the songs of ancient battles. Shimmering satin ribbons float from head to toe, shining human rainbows in the firelight’s glow But… […] Continue reading

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Sing to the Sun, Poems and Pictures by Ashley Bryan

Sing to the Sun is a collection of poems celebrating and depicting different aspects of African American culture.  The topics cover everything from music to nature, African heritage, family, play, and other aspects of everyday life.  The poems “Granny” and “The Black Birds’ Party” are written in the classic African call and response style, making […] Continue reading

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My America Poetry Atlas of the United States

Lee Bennett Hopkins has selected 50 wonderful poems for My America Poetry Atlas of the United States. The poems are grouped by geographic regions within the United States and portray a beautiful and original representation of our country. Many of the poems have a special ability to take the reader back in time to imagine […] Continue reading

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