Once again, Lee Bennett Hopkins has assembled a notable and diverse group of poets and poems on an appealing topic: books. These thirteen poems are by new and notable poets (like Naomi Shihab Nye and Kristine O’Connell George) and are beautifully presented in double-page spreads illustrated with jaunty delicacy by Yayo. Hopkins includes a helpful table of contents and an “About the Poets” section that gives brief yet interesting information about each poet who contributed to this anthology. All of these features makes the collection easy to read and easy to navigate. These book-themed poems are simple enough for young children to understand yet meaningful enough for older readers to explore and offer a celebration of reading in rhyme and free verse.
These poems are natural for opening library time with a group, launching a reading lesson, or breaking the ice at a parent meeting or open house. Discuss the history of books and bookmaking and bring in examples, if available—such as pop-up books, accordion fold books, etc. Try making some unusual types just for fun. For ideas go to: VanillaJoy.com
Other poetry about books and reading:
Hopkins, Lee Bennett. GOOD BOOKS, GOOD TIMES. ISBN 978-0064462228
Hopkins, Lee Bennett. WONDERFUL WORDS: POEMS ABOUT READING, WRITING, SPEAKING AND LISTENING. ISBN 978-0689835889
Lewis, J. Patrick. PLEASE BURY ME IN THE LIBRARY. ISBN 978-0152163877
Salas, Laura Purdie. BOOKSPEAK!. ISBN 978-0547223001
By Sylvia M. Vardell