Today's #bloglikecrazy prompt from Javacia Bowser is "write about the best book you've read this year."
I find Best Of lists innately flawed and frustrating. Must we pit books against books? I love books for different reasons and find it so hard to separate out my emotional, completely subjective and intensely personal responses to evaluate a book. My enjoyment is rooted in the emotion, however perfectly or imperfectly crafted! Which is why I blog about the books I enjoy as I encounter them, and in no particular order.
This year I've blogged about the following 2014 poetry books for children:
HI, KOO! by Jon J. Muth
LITTLE POEMS FOR TINY EARS by Lin Oliver
POEM-MOBILES by J. Patrick Lewis & Douglas Florian
A POND FULL OF INK by Annie M.G. Schmidt
CAMINAR by Skila Brown
BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson
FIREFLY JULY edited by Paul Janeczko
In the queue for blog posts coming soon:
MANGER, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins (and containing poems by many of my most favorite poets!)
WINTER BEES & OTHER POEMS OF THE COLD by Joyce Sidman
POISONED APPLES: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann
(How 'bout them apples? Ha. Couldn't resist!)
SANTA CLAUSES: Short Poems for the North Pole by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Chuck Groenink. (Link takes you to a great interview with the author at Today's Little Ditty... and a challenge that could win you a copy of the book!) What a wonderful way to bring poetry to the masses! I love thinking of Santa Claus as a secret poet. I mean, I tell kids all the time that poets are seldom only poets, but doctors & poets, plumbers & poets, teachers & poets, accountants & poets, moms & poets, you name it! You can be a poet and be anything else in addition to being a poet!
My favorite part of SANTA CLAUSES: Mrs. Claus. Clearly she is Santa's muse. Let me show you what I mean:
Mrs. Clause making
an angel, becoming a
little girl again.
Kisses from Mrs.
Claus under the mistletoe
tickle like snowflakes.
Mrs. Claus and I
wrapped neatly in our bed quilts --
--- Bob Raczka