Monday, October 24, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

What Was That?

Another great poem in the I Am the Book collection.

What Was That? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

What was that
that made me blink?

Made me wonder,
made me think?

Turned me inside
upside down;
under, over
all around?

What was that
that I just heard?
A treasured tale,
a magic word?

A breathless thought
inside my head--
what was that
that I just read?

Monday, October 10, 2011

I Am the Book

I just discovered a picture book of selected poems at my local library called I Am the Book by Lee Bennett Hopkins.  Check it out and find your favorite. Here is one of my mine.

Wonder Through the Pages by Karla Kuskin

So I picked out a book
on my own
from the shelf
and I started to read
on my own to myself.

And nonsense and knowledge
came tumbling out
whispering mysteries,
history's shout,
the wisdom of wizards,

the songs of the ages,
all wonders of wandering
wonderful pages.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Australia is Cool!

Several years ago, I got the chance to visit Melborne and southern Australia for 2 weeks. I saw so many cool things and even learned new words, like "chockers" which means completely full. The trolley was often chockers.

One of my favorite books is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Alexander is sure bad days never happen in Australia.

I just read Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under by Florida author Marianne Berkes. This rhyming, fun, and fact-filled picture book is great for everyone, but especially teachers. It's part of a series that includes books on the Arctic, Jungle, and Ocean. Check it out!