In honor of Earth Day, I'll offer the following poetry books and/or collections:
- Earthdance, written by Joanne Ryder with illustrations by Norman Gorbaty. This poem and the vibrant illustrations invite the reader to become one with our amazing planet.
- Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up, written by Lisa Westberg Peters, with illustrations by Cathie Felstead. This is a collection of poems about geology. That's right, I said geology! You'll delight in the wordplay and colorful pictures that explain how geological forces shape the land.
- Horizons: Poems as far as the eye can see, written by Jane Yolen with photographs by Jason Stemple. Strong poetic images and beautiful photographs are paired in this collection that would be an inspiration for students to create their own work.
- The Tree That Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination. The poetry in this anthology was collected by children's poet, Mary Ann Hoberman and Language Arts Teacher/anthropologist, Linda Winston. Illustrations are by Barbara Fortin. From the classic poets to the modern masters of children's poetry, here is a collection devoted to the science of nature.
Friday's Famous First: Can you name the title and author of this first line?
"Fingers trembling, eyes on the man at the cash register, Mongoose snatched the Milky Way bar and stuck it in his coat pocket."