Advisory Lists · Poetry

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Thunder Underground by Jane Yolen

A collection of poems the looks into the underground and digs deeper.

Feel The Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing  by Marilyn Singer

Poems that introduces the reader to different dances that exist in different cultures around the world.


Fairy-Tale/Folk Tale/Fable 



Beauty and the Beast retold by Cynthia Rylant

A tale as old as time retold with an interesting ending.

The Crane Girl  adapted  by Curtis Manley

A young boy saves a crane and his life is never the same.

Three Billy Goats Gruff  by Jerry Pinkney

A new look on an old fable.

Please let me know your thoughts below. Happy reading!

Advisory Lists · Poetry

Poetry About Nature

The earth contains many things. The Collections below are poems about the different nuances of the earth. Happy Reading!!!



Poetry Wednesday: “I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus” by Jack Prelutsky

I love  Jack Prelutsky. He has a great sense of humor and a master at playing with words. Here is a selection from I’ve Lost My Hippotamus  which is also the title of the poem I am sharing today. Please check out this collection and Jack Prelutsky at your nearest library!

I’ve lost my hippotamus,

The situation’s werid.

JacketOne minute she was next to me,

Then poof! she disappeared.

It’s hard to lose a hippo,

For a hipp’s truly huge–

I’m sensing something fishy,

Some unsavory subterfuge.

I’ve searched and searched with no sucess,

I’ve yet to find a clue

To her status or location,

I’m unsure of what to do.

If you spot a hippopotamus

Where usually there’s none,

Please let me know, the odds are good

You’ve found my missing one.


National Poetry Month Selection: “The Lichen We”

 Hello Everyone !

Here is a selection from Ubiquitous by Joyce Sidman, a volume that highlights “Nature’s Survivors”. Enjoy!

The Lichen We

(after Siegfried Sassoon’s “Man and Dog”)


Who’s this—alone with stone and sea?

It’s just the lowly Lichen We:

the alga I, the fungus me;

together, blooming quietly.


What do we share–we two together?

A brave indifference to the weather.

A slow but steady growing pace.

Resemblance to both mud and lace.


As we now, so we shall be

(if air clear and water free):

the proud but lowly Lichen We,

cemented for eternity.


National Poetry Month Selection: “The Genie In The Flask”

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In the folktale of Aladdin we see a young boy who finds a lamp and has his wishes granted. This is the perception of a genie that we all have, a being that on command will perform any task that we require of it.  Today’s poem  selection “The Genie In The Flask”, from Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein we see a genie in a different light. Enjoy!

 The Genie In The Flask

I opened up that magic flask,

And zoof, up popped a genie.

I thought he’d be my slave, but no–

This genie is a meanie.

instead of filling every wish

And doing all my bidding,

He says that I must be his slave,

And oh, He isn’t kidding.

I sweat and cough with no days off

From Tuesdays until Mondays.

I cook his beans and scrub his back

And wash his yucky undies

And sweep and paint–this surely ain’t

The magic I was hopin’.

I guess in life it all depends

Which magic flask you open.


National Poetry Month Selection: “Comets, Stars, The Moon, and Mars”


Today’s poetry selection comes from Comets, Stars, The Moon, and Mars by Douglas Florian. If you work with kids, one of the most popular subjects besides dinosaurs is space. There is something about the stars, and the universe that attracts our youngsters. In this volume, Florian  takes on the subject of space through poetry.  Enjoy !

The Universe

The universe is every place,

Including all the  e  m  p  t  y  space.

It’s every star and galaxy,

All objects of astronomy,

Geography, zoology,

(Each cat and dog and bumblebee),

All persons throughout history–

Including you,

Including me.


National Poetry Month: “The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders” by Jack Prelutsky

            I am a Jack Prelutsky fan. His poems are  humorous and well written. The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders does not  disappoint. Here is a poem from this collection that I enjoyed.

The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders

The frogs wore red suspenders

and the pigs wore purple vests,

as they sang to all the chickens

and the ducks upon their nests.

 They croaked and oinked a serenade,

the ducks and chickens sighed,

then laid enormous spangled eggs,

and quaked and clucked with pride.



Happy National Poetry Month !


National Poetry Month

Hello Everyone!

April is National Poetry Month  and to celebrate I will share a poem that I have used in bookmarks for the library everytime the seasons change. It is from Seasons by Charlotte Zolotow and Illustrated by Erik Blegvad. Zolotow starts with Winter and ends with Fall. The poems are simple, and poignant. The book of poems are  a great tool to introduce children to the  concept of seasons and poetry. Blegvad’s illustrations brings to life the emotions and thoughts written in each poem. Enjoy!

    The Little Seed

The little seed

that blew here

and tucked into our grass

is not the seed  anymore

it’s become