In our May/June 2016 issue, reviewer Sarah Ellis asked Bob Raczka about poetry in unconventional places. Read the starred review of Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems. Sarah Ellis: Have you ever, yourself, written in wet cement or indulged in any other sneaky poetry? Bob Raczka: Sneaky poetry? Hmmm. In my day job as […]
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka Primary, Intermediate Roaring Brook 44 pp. 3/16 978-1-62672-236-1 $17.99 g Graphic design meets riddle meets visual wordplay in this collection of sturdy and joyful perspectives on the ordinary stuff of the world. Each of the twenty-one offerings consists of a one-word title and […]
Poetry can rhyme, or not. It can take interesting shapes, or just use straightforward lines. These collections for primary and intermediate readers are great examples of the many forms poetry can take. Look for our What Makes Good Poetry? newsletter in your inbox on April 27, 2016. When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons […]
You should totally come to this. Marilyn Nelson gave one of the best speeches I ever heard on the occasion of her winning the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 2001 for Carver. I hope I see you in Chicago on May 6th.
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill; illus. by Francis Vallejo Intermediate Candlewick 54 pp. 3/16 978-0-7636-6954-6 $18.99 g On August 12, 1958, fifty-plus jazz musicians, famous and emerging, gathered together in front of a brownstone in Harlem for a group photo shoot. The resulting photograph has become iconic, a single […]
Bulion, Leslie Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse Gr. K–3 48 pp. Peachtree Illustrated by Mike Lowery. Various poetic forms take readers on a funny and quirky tour of human anatomy, starting with the stomach and ending with complaints from some often-ignored organs such as the gallbladder. Sidebars contain more straightforward scientific information; […]
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano; illus. by Julie Morstad Primary, Intermediate Porter/Roaring Brook 56 pp. 3/16 978-1-59643-852-1 $18.99 This collection of nearly fifty seasonal poems begins and ends on “march 20” with a blue bird on a flowering tree branch. The poem is the same each time, too: “from […]
What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About?: Poems for When a Person Needs a Poem by Judith Viorst; illus. by Lee White Primary, Intermediate Dlouhy/Atheneum 102 pp. 2/16 978-1-4814-2355-7 $17.99 g e-book ed. 978-1-4814-2355-1 $10.99 Viorst’s most famous book is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and this […]