Poetry Plot – Edgar Allen’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook

Edgar Allen’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook by Mary Amato Publisher: Holiday House, 2011 Material: Paperback Genre: mystery, poetry, friendship, life lessons The thief is a poet – or is it a poetry thief? First Slurpy, then a keychain … Ms. Herschel’s classroom is a thief magnet! Convinced that he will solve the crime first, Edgar Allen starts a notebook. H isn’t Wordsmith Elementary’s only junior detective. Solving the crime becomes a contest and testament to friendship, judging others, and jumping to conclusions! Interest level: 7 to 12. Recommended Ages: read together: 7 to 10 read yourself: 9 to 12 Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud Parent Reader: I loved this book!  We see the world … Read more

Poetry Book Review: A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky

A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky illustrated by James Stevenson Publisher: Greenwillow Books, 2013 Material: paperback Genre: Nonfiction – poetry, humor Circles, triangles, short stanzas and long; words you’re familiar with and some that are much too long (Fummawummalummazumms!). More than 100 poems cover topics from food to pets to school and avoiding chores. There are all varieties of poems for young readers. Interest level: 5 and Up. Recommended Ages read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 9 and Up Type of Reading: Family reading, independent reading, read aloud Age of Child: Read with a 10-year-old girl. Target Audience Reader: Our preteen is balking at reading, but still loves poetry. She likes being able to open … Read more

Say What? Reading Double Speak

Were you thinking this is an article about some of the conflicting data about literacy theory? Sorry to disappoint! This is our Reading with Kids Series, where we celebrate books that engage young listeners and readers with the experience of reading. We have had fun with words and books that make you laugh out loud. Next up: books that explore the multiple meanings of words. Say what? Yep! As our title suggests, words can have many meanings. Weave them together into a story and Voila! These are some our favorite books that play with words in ways that make the reader think and laugh! Say What? Books with Visual Illusion Duck! Rabbit! written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Tom … Read more