Sunday, April 20, 2008

Read This!

In between school and the other boring, everyday trappings of my everyday life, I am constantly thinking of scrumdilly-do! There is so much I want to share and do for you all but finding the time is proving to be difficult and I apologize. Here's just a quick book recommendation for you in honor of April being National Poetry Month, here in the States.A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms
Poems Selected by Paul B. Janeczko
Illustrated by Chris Raschka
Published by Candlewick Press 2005

This title is as cool for us grown-ups as it is for the kidlets! I had no idea there were so many specific styles of poetry. Maybe that just shows you how much I remember from my school days or maybe not. This book is wonderful. Each poem style is accompanied by a description of what that type of poem is and a colorful collage by the award winning Chris Rashcka. From old timers such as Ogden Nash, Edward Lear and William Shakespeare to the new stars in children's poetry such as Alice Schertle, Kristine O'Connell George and Paul B. Janeczko himself, A Kick in the Head is a whimsical collection of rhythm and prose. Hopefully I will be able to walk you through a few of the styles so you and your wee ones can play poet this week and next. Here's a sneak peak. Check out your library or find yourself a copy here.


  1. They had this in the English section at our library so I checked it out on a whim...and I loved it! I used some of the ideas and poems with my EFL students. It is an excellent book! I love hot it connects poetry and sports in the introduction.

  2. I love the art in this book. I will have to check it out.