Saturday, May 28, 2011

Book Love: The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry

Title: The Big Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry
Editors: Bill Martin Jr. and Michael R. Sampson
Illustrators include: Ashley Bryan, Lois Ehlert, Steven Kellog, and more

Why I Love this Book: First of all, I love poetry! Poetry is a great tool for developing literacy skills with young children as they listen to and work with the rhythms and rhymes in the text.This collection of poems is full of words and colors that can capture imagination and inspire young readers and writers. The selection of poems is quite broad, and features works from Robert Frost to Emily Dickinson to Kaliki to Jack Prelutsky, and even includes 5 poems by Bill Martin Jr. Each poem is brought to life with fun and beautiful illustrations that come from a variety of talented artists. The poems are organized into chapters that cover different topics such as people, animals, school, feelings, food and Mother Goose nursery rhymes.  This is a great resource for children of all ages- at home or in the classroom! 

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