Bluebird

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Bluebird busy in the garden,

measuring

the perfect nest.

The books:

BLUEBIRD by Bob Staake – Wordless picture book about a lonely boy and a true-blue, bluebird friend.

BUSY IN THE GARDEN by George Shannon and Sam Williams – Twenty-four poems from the garden, with happy illustrations.

MEASURING by Marcia S. Gresko and Michael Jarrett – Part of the I CAN DO MATH series, introduces basic measuring tools with a rhyming question/answer format, and colorful photographs.

THE PERFECT NEST by Catherine Friend and John Manders – A crafty cat builds the perfect nest to trick an unsuspecting chicken, but then nothing goes according to plan.

Dandelion Seed

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The dandelion seed

up and down

over the green hills –

miles to go.

The Books:

THE DANDELION SEED by Joseph Anthony and Cris Arbo – Where does a dandelion seed go when the wind takes it? Much farther than you would guess.

UP AND DOWN by Oliver Jeffers – In the sequel to LOST AND FOUND, a boy and a penguin learn about flying and friendship.

OVER THE GREEN HILLS by Rachel Isadora – Beautiful story and illustrations tell the tale of a young boy’s walk to see his grandmother in the South African countryside.

MILES TO GO by Jamie Harper – A day in the life of a preschooler and his little car, with fun illustrations.

Sandpipers

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Sandpipers back and forth

when the tide is low –

now it is Summer.

The Books:

SANDPIPERS by Edith Thacher Hurd and Lucienne Bloch – Nonfiction picture book with a lovely rhythm and classic illustrations.

BACK AND FORTH by Lola M. Schaefer – The many ways we use the term “back and forth,” explored in photos.

WHEN THE TIDE IS LOW by Sheila Cole and Virginia Wright-Frierson – Waiting for the tide to recede, a child and mother converse about the wonders they will find when the tide is low.

NOW IT IS SUMMER by Eileen Spinelli and Mary Newell DePalma – A little mouse is looking ahead to Autumn, but his mother shows him the fun of Summer all around him.

Summer

Summer, Summer, more Summer. A good excuse for a book spine haiku.

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Summer –

my many colored days

over in the meadow.

Acknowledgements:

SUMMER by Ruth Thomson and Peter Millard – Third book in a nonfiction series of seasonal activities and projects.

MY MANY COLORED DAYS by Dr. Seuss, Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher – Posthumously-published, this picture book explores children’s emotions using color as metaphor.

OVER IN THE MEADOW by John Langstaff and Feodor Rojankovsky – Classic rhyming story based on a vintage children’s counting song by the same author/illustrator team who gave us the 1956 Caldecott Medal Winner, FROG WENT A-COURTIN’.

Poetry Friday: By Water’s Edge

Hello, Poetry Friday. This week’s links are at Sylvia Vardell’s blog, Poetry for Children. Sylvia’s also putting out a call for celebration-themed poems for the next installment of the Poetry Friday Anthology, and shares an example with a fun poem called “Hooray for Dogs” by Janet Wong.

Now I’d like to share a wonderful picture book by author Kay Barone.

“The Green Dory” by Winslow Homer, 1880, Public Domain

My local library is connected with a small art museum, home to many works of American art. Because of this, the library’s collection includes more art-related books than most public libraries. That’s why I was lucky to find a copy of “By Water’s Edge” by Kay Barone on one of the picture book shelves.

This quintessential summer picture book, published by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, pairs thirteen of Winslow Homer’s artworks with Barone’s gentle rhyming text. It’s a perfect fit.

“Children Playing Under a Gloucester Wharf,” Winslow Homer, 1880, Public Domain

“Who will have fun with a tied up boat?

“Who will tilt it gently, who will watch it float?”

Author/poet/teacher Kay Barone died in 2010, and “By Water’s Edge” was her only picture book. It might be difficult to find a copy, but it would make a timeless addition to any children’s book collection.

Text Excerpt from: “By Water’s Edge” by Kay Barone, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1996

“May It Bring Joy Back To You”

One of the wonderful things about Angie Karcher’s Rhyming Picture Book Month event was the Guest Blogger series. Thirty-five stellar children’s authors and poets participated, from Lee Bennett Hopkins to Jane Yolen.

It was like Christmas for 35 days straight, with a different gift to unwrap from a new author each morning. For example, these words from novelist Helen Frost’s guest post:

“Do keep looking for just the right words and images; don’t quit too soon; and when you’ve worked hard and written a poem that pleases you, send it off to a contest or to an editor. Let it offer its wisdom to the world, and may it bring joy back to you!”