Thursday, July 27, 2017

Poetry for Shark Week

I thought it might be fun to see what kind of poetry I could find for Shark Week. Of course we have a "Shark Week" poem in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations (Pomelo Books, 2015), thanks to the awesome Kate Coombs. It's a nice blend of creepy and chant-worthy. 

But as I started digging, I found a few shark poetry books and a bunch of sea-ocean-fish poetry collections, including a brand new gorgeous anthology from Lee Bennett Hopkins coming out this fall (Traveling the Blue Road: Poems of the Sea.). See if any of these grab you!

Poetry for Shark Week

  1. Bingham, Kelly. 2010. Shark Girl. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  2. Brown, Skila. 2016. Slickety Quick: Poems about Sharks. Ill. by Bob Kolar. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  3. Bulion, Leslie. 2011. At the Sea Floor Café; Odd Ocean Critter Poems. Ill. by Leslie Evans. Atlanta: Peachtree. 
  4. Coombs, Kate. 2012. Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems. Ill. by Meilo So. San Francisco: Chronicle.
  5. Elliott, David. 2012. In the Sea. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  6. Florian, Douglas. 1997. In the Swim. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace.
  7. Frank, John. 2007. How to Catch a Fish. New Milford, CT: Roaring Brook.
  8. Franco, Betsy. 2015. A Spectacular Selection of Sea Critters. Ill. by Michael Wertz. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook.
  9. Harley, Avis. 2006. Sea Stars: Saltwater Poems. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills. 
  10. Hauth, Katherine. 2011. What’s for Dinner? Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  11. Heard, Georgia. 1992. Creatures of Earth, Sea, and Sky. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/ Boyds Mills.
  12. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Ed. 2017. Traveling the Blue Road: Poems of the Sea. New York: Quarto/Seagrass Press.
  13. Lewis, J. Patrick. Ed. 2012. National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry. Washington DC: National Geographic.
  14. Maddox, Marjorie. 2008. A Crossing of Zebras; Animal Packs in Poetry. Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
  15. Ode, Eric. 2013. Sea Star Wishes: Poems from the Coast. New York: Sasquatch Books/Random House.
  16. Shaw, Alison. Ed. 1995. Until I Saw the Sea:  A Collection of Seashore Poems. New York: Henry Holt.
  17. Swinburne, Stephen. 2010. Ocean Soup; Tide-Pool Poems. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  18. Zahares, Wade. 2001. Big, Bad, and a Little Bit Scary: Poems that Bite Back! New York: Viking.

Now head on over to A Word Edgewise where Linda is hosting Poetry Friday. 

Friday, July 21, 2017


Are you a member of NCTE and a subscriber to the journal, Language Arts? I'm so happy to report that the theme of their July issue is... POETRY!  And I have an article in that issue! (happy dance!)

The table of contents includes:
"Lived Life through a Colored Lens": Culturally Sustaining Poetry in an Urban Literacy Classoom
by Emily Machado, Andrea Vaughan, Rick Coppola, and Rebecca Woodard

Poems that Move: Children Writing Poetry beyond Popularized Poetic Forms
by Janine Certo

Demystifying Poetry for Middle Grades Students through Collaborative, Multimodal Writing
by Megan Guise and Noel Friend

Language Arts Lessons
Poetry Power: Understanding Language, Content, and Culture through Poetry
by ME!

Invited Dialogue
Poetic Possibilities: A Conversation with WordSong Editor Rebecca David on the Beauty and Passion of Poetry
by Jennifer D. Turner

Children's Literature Reviews
2016 Notable Children's Poetry Books
by Grace Enriquez, Erika Thulin Dawes, Katie Egan Cunningham, and Mary Ann Capiello

Perspectives on Practice
A Wiggle of Worms and a Passion for Poetry: A Community Collaboration
by Lorian Steider Brady and Dianne White 

What a great issue, right? 
There is lots to think about in this issue with great examples of both thoughtful analysis and practical application. Be sure to check it out. Meanwhile, here are three brief excerpts from my piece (in case you are NOT a subscriber). 

Graphic from The Logonauts

Now head on over to The Logonauts where Katie is hosting our Poetry Friday gathering. See you there!