Tuesday, April 30, 2019

NPM: Two Poems for Children's Book Week: Post #21

Here are two poems that I wrote about children's books. I wrote A Book and a Chair when my daughter was young. I loved to read to her at night while we sat on a red-cushioned rocking chair in my bedroom. I wrote Things to Do If You Are a Book for my book THINGS TO DO. It was cut from the manuscript--and is not included in the book.
I'm posting the two poems in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week (April 29-May 5, 20190.)

A book and a chair
Are nice to share
When the edges of day
Are melting away
Into the night.

A book and a chair
Are nice to share…
Touching and talking,
Reading and rocking
Into the night.


Be filled with words that tell a tale
of a little mouse and a giant whale
of a runty pig and his spider friend
who was true and loyal to the end
of a badger who loved eating bread and jam
of a funky guy, green eggs, and ham
of a spunky girl named Ramona Q.
of a boy and the Jabberwock he slew.
Be filled with words and tell a tale
that will let my imagination sail.
Be a mystery
or a fantasy
or sing with sounds of poetry.
Between your covers
let there be
a story that’s just right for me.


Click here to download a copy of the 2019 Children's Book Week poster.
Click here to download activity sheets.

I'm giving away a copy of YOU JUST WAIT: A Poetry Friday Power Book by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. It's would be an excellent classroom resource for teachers of "tweens and teens."
To be entered into the drawing for the book, all you have to do is to comment on any of my Wild Rose Reader posts that I publish from April 23rd through April 30th. I'll announce the winner on Wednesday, May 1st.


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