50 MUST-READ POETRY BOOKS FOR KIDS
The rhythm, word play, and creativity in poetry books for kids make them the perfect companion to language acquisition and developing literacy skills. I remember as a child stealing poetry books off my mom’s bookshelves and performing the poems, relishing the way the words felt in my mouth.
(Included in the list…) Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text (The Day You Begin) and Rafael López’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.
Subject/Theme: Award Year 2019, Broadening outlook to appreciate a variety of cultures
Illustrated by Rafael López
HOW POETRY CAN HELP KIDS GET TO COLLEGE
K’myah is one of the students at Ann Visger Elementary School in River Rouge who participated in InsideOut Literary Arts’ In School Writer-in-Residence Program, in spring 2018. (Photo: Doug Coombe)
Students in marginalized communities often struggle to relate to the people and texts they are asked to study; there is power in learning that highly-respected writers — such as Lucille Clifton, Francine J. Harris, Jamaal May and Naomi Shihab Nye — come from similar backgrounds and have used their own, unique voices to affect the world around them.
1978 SPECIAL RECOGNITION BY LUCILLE CLIFTON
PERSEVERANCE, ‘CONCENTRATION’ AIDED SISTERS’ ASCENT
Some balls are meant to be thrown or batted, while some are meant to bounce. In the new book “Sisters” by Jeanette Winter, you’ll learn about two girls who don’t just hit a ball, they smash it.
TOP CHILDREN’S AUTHORS TO HEADLINE SHARJAH READING FEST
Sharjah: Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), scheduled for April 17 to 27, will feature a record 33 authors, including best-selling authors, from 18 countries, organizers announced on Friday.
…coming is New York Times best-seller Carole Boston Weatherford, the African-American writer with 50-plus titles under her belt, including three Caldecott Honour winners.
MALALA YOUSAFZAI SIGNS WITH UTA
“When I started my fight for girls at 11 years old, working with media and public speaking were key to building support for my efforts,” said Yousafzai, the subject of Davis Guggenheim’s 2015 documentary He Named Me Malala and author of I Am Malala, Malala’s Magic Pencil and We Are Displaced. “I look forward to working with UTA to develop creative ways to amplify the voices of the next generation of girls and young women.”
FAY B. KAIGLER CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL UNDERWAY ON SOUTHERN MISS CAMPUS
Coretta Scott King Illustrator winner for “In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers,” Javaka Steptoe is an artist and illustrator who uses everyday objects to reflect strength, vitality, and playfulness in his creations.
FROSTBURG STATE UNIVERSITY DESIGNATED VOTER FRIENDLY CAMPUS AGAIN
Author Winifred Conkling visited campus to talk about her book, “Votes for Women: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot,” and to speak to students about the importance of voting.
PATRICIA HRUBY POWELL/’BOOTS ON THE GROUND’ GIVES VARIED PERSPECTIVES ON VIETNAM
How do you organize a book about this complex, politically shameful war? Partridge follows each American President — Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford. None wanted to be the first president to lose a war. They were winners, not losers. But American and Vietnamese boys were dying by the thousands. Interspersed throughout the president-sections are chapters following a diverse selection of individuals “on the ground” or “in country.”
DESEGREGATION PIONEER BRINGS HER STORY TO LHS
Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges spoke with freshmen and sophomores at Lockport High School this week. Bridges shared her story as the first African American child to attend the then all-white William Franz Elementary School in New Orleans, in 1960, as the first step in implementing desegregation in the New Orleans schools.