Friday, September 4, 2009

Exploring New Worlds

I've been thinking about new worlds lately -- not in the sense of world explorers so much, but more along the lines of how the world expands for children as they begin a new school year. Whether it's the child who is starting preschool or kindergarten for the first time, the child moving from the familiarity of grade school to the vastly larger world of junior high, or the teenager who is experiencing the even larger universe of high school -- all of them will soon be looking at the world in a slightly different way. Their worlds are about to expand in a major way.

Books can do the same thing; sometimes in big ways and sometimes in more subtle ways. We recently added new poetry books to the collection and as I was looking through them, I was struck by how many of them offered that same experience of looking at the familiar in a new way. Some of them contain poems and/or art from around the world and some focus on a particular subject, some are serious and some are light-hearted, some are for younger children and some are for older, but all of them just might give your child that sense of seeing the world in a new way. Look for these titles on your next visit to the library, and remember to browse our Poet Tree Corner for other great poetry books!

Change-Up: Baseball Poems by Gene Fehler contains poems for the baseball lover to enjoy year-round.

Falling Down the Page: A Books of List Poems by Georgia Heard helps the reader see the ordinary in a whole new way.

Food Hates You, Too, and Other Poems by Robert Weinstock is full of funny poems that may change the way you think about food.

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat, edited by Nikki Giovanni, is an illustrated collection of poetry, rhythmic prose, hip-hop and rap lyrics for children.

The World's Greatest: Poems by J. Patrick Lewis is the perfect book for those who can't get enough of Guiness World Record books.

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll and illustrated by Christopher Myers reimagines the famous nonsense poem within the context of a basketball game.

Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue by Jon Agee is perfect for reading out loud -- who doesn't love a good tongue twister?

Rhymes Round the World by Kay Chorao is a fun-filled collection of nursery rhymes and folk songs from all over the world for preschoolers and beginning readers.

Side by Side: New Poems Inspired by Art from Around the World, edited by Jan Greenburg, is a beautiful collection of children's poems that were inspired by works of art.

The Underwear Salesman: And Other Jobs for Better or Verse by J. Patrick Lewis celebrates more than 50 different careers using rhymes, haikus, limericks and shape poems.

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