Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Poetry Speaks; Who I Am

Paschen, Elise and Raccah, Dominique. (Comp.) 2010. POETRY SPEAKS; WHO I AM. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. ISBN 9781402210747 [Suggested Grade Levels 6-12]

The anthology POETRY SPEAKS; WHO I AM is filled with more than 100 remarkable selections for ages 12–14 by a wide variety of poets. From Emily Dickinson to Billy Collins to Lucille Clifton and beyond, this anthology features both classic and contemporary selections and includes an audio CD (be sure to listen to the CD) with poets reading their own work. A journey of discovery through remarkable poets in a graphic teen-friendly format that looks deceptively like a journal of doodlings.

The accompanying CD includes 44 tracks with readings by Langston Hughes, Marilyn Nelson, and more. There are also blank pages in the book for readers to add their own favorite poems-- truly a tween-friendly creation.

Try reading selected poems aloud first, then listening to them read by the poets themselves on the accompanying CD. Discuss differences in delivery and interpretation. Tween and teen readers will also enjoy building their own anthologies of favorite poems, adding graphics and doodles, and making their own audio recordings of solo or choral readings.

Other books with audio CDs featuring poetry for children:
Giovanni, Nikki. HIP HOP SPEAKS TO CHILDREN. ISBN: 9781402210488
Paschen, Elise. POETRY SPEAKS TO CHILDREN. ISBN: 9781402203299

By Sylvia M. Vardell

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