Friday, November 6, 2015
JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES- selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
I work at a terrific school. A great place where kids are known and honored for their talents. We have art and music and PE. We have caring mental health specialists who help us take care of kids' hearts and families needs.
But we don't have a librarian.
Our library is staffed by a para and a group of volunteer parents.
And I hate it.
There's no one who can say, "You liked ** (RAIN REIGN, PERCY JACKSON, books about snakes), so you'll love this one.
Kids can't get a book any time they need/want to.
Teachers can't find what the special books they need.
Schools who want to grow readers need a librarian.
That's my bottom line.
Maybe that's why I loved Lee Bennett Hopkin's newest book, JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES. Fifteen poems that celebrate libraries and books and words. Some of the finest children's poets- Amy Ludwig Vanderwater, J. Patrick Lewis, Jane Yolen, Nikki Grimes, Joan Bransfield Graham, Kristine O'Connell George, Rebecca Kai Dotlich-- and lots of others. Beautiful watercolor illustrations. A CYBILS nominee.
Here's one of my favorites.
(for Augusta Baker)
As she speaks
leap from pages--
frog and toad--
yellow brick road.
Worlds of paper
in a room
filled with magic
And as her voice
I believe in
I believe in
happily ever after.
Lee Bennett Hopkins
Read more great poetry at Write. Sketch. Repeat.