Saturday, September 6, 2008

This Is Just to Say: A Few More Words about the Poetry Book & Poems of Apology

Sara Lewis Holmes gives us a “sneak preview” of the DC Kidlit Book Club discussion this month at her blog Read Write Believe. The book the club has selected for discussion is the Cybils award winning poetry title This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness, which was written by Joyce Sidman. (Sara served on the Poetry judging panel.) Sara says: “You can participate virtually in the comments anytime, or if you live near DC, we'd love to have you join us this Sunday.

You can read Sara’s post about the discussion and a take a “sneak peek” at some of the discussion questions here.

This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness

by Joyce Sidman

More about This Is Just to Say, Joyce Sidman, & Poems of Apology

  • If you would you like to know more about Sidman’s book, you can read my review of This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness here.
  • If you would like to know more about Joyce Sidman and her poetry books, read my interview with her here.
  • If you would like to read some poems of apology written by kidlit bloggers during National Poetry Month this year, read this Wild Rose Reader post.
  • Visit the This is Just to Say page at poet Joyce Sidman’s website where you will find a poem from the book and a link to a reader’s guide, which includes discussion questions, suggested writing exercises, and ideas for creating a class book.


Sara said...

Elaine, this is soooo helpful. I just posted a link to your fabulous resources on our book club's Yahoo group. Thank you!

Elaine Magliaro said...


So glad I could be of help. I think Sidman is one of the best poets writing for children today.

Anonymous said...

I love, love, love this book. Our local Children's Literature Network book club, Chapter & Verse, is doing this book this month (don't know if Joyce is going to stop by--I hope so), as well as Walter Dean Myer's Sunrise Over Fallujah. It's going to be fun discussing one of my favorite poetry collections with a group of literature lovers.