splash splash poetry bookChildren’s Books by Barbara Bietz -Many young readers don’t know a lot about poetry beyond Dr. Suess and perhaps Shel Silverstein. Time to get your poetic license!

There are many wonderful poets, collections of poems, and books about poetry that can engage kids of all ages. Poems can be fun, silly, interesting, and thought provoking. The more one understands about poetry, the more interesting it becomes. Children who have an early introduction to poetry have a great chance of connecting to literature in their future.S

Splish Splash by Joan Branfield Graham, illustrated by Steven M. Scott,
A poetry book dripping with fun offers a delightful collection of shape poems that relate to water. The rhythmic poetry takes the form of the objects the poem describes. From a popsicle to a sprinkler, young readers have buckets to learn from Splish-Splash.  A follow-up book (Joan Branfield Graham and Nancy Davis) called Flicker-Flash offers an equally enchanting selection of poems about light. This pair of books id a prefect introduction to poetry that will have kids itching to create their own shape poems!

Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem  by Jack Prelutsky

Master poet Jack Prelutsky shares his personal sources of inspiration for his poems, and offers young poets valuable writing tips and personal words of encouragement. Good humor, coupled with excellent advice will enlighten and inspire even the most reluctant young poet.

Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside by Ralph J. Fletcher
An outstanding selection for a more serious young poet who yearns to learn more about the technical aspects of poetry and all its subtleties. Along with writing technique, interviews with accomplished poets are included in the text. Poetry Matters is a wonderful selection for a child (or adult) who shows interest in reading or writing poetry.

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz -is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE, was released in October 2006 (Yotzeret Publishing)  and is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and has contributed to numerous print and on-line publications. She also teach writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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