National Poetry Day

In honor of National Poetry Day, I’m reposting “Poems for Made up Occasions.”  Enjoy!

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With National Poetry Month wrapping up, I’d like to highlight some of my favorite poems and the occasions best suited for them.

Enjoy!

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If you are feeling stressed and need perspective, find solace in The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry.

If you want express your love to your significant other, but are too broke to buy a gift, check out I Am Offering This Poem by Jimmy Santiago Baca.

If you’re tired of the know-it-all in your life, pass along The Book of Wisdom by Stephen Crane for a little passive-aggressive fun.

If you embrace womanhood in all its glory, celebrate with Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou. In fact, read anything by Maya Angelou! She is an incredible poet and writer and orator and person. The list goes on!

If people are giving you crap, meditate upon Be Kind Anyway attributed to Mother Teresa (not really a poem, but very inspirational).

If you enjoy the quiet of the morning, find peace with Before Dawn by Jack Cooper.

If you admire cats and/or like misty weather, read Fog by Carl Sandburg.

If you can identify with the folly of youth, pay attention to We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks.

If you think you’ve got it tough, reflect upon Mother to Son by Langston Hughes, and then call your mom.

If you participate in the creation versus evolution debate, think about Design by Robert Frost.

If you have an appreciation for or would like to learn more about Native American beliefs, read Eagle Poem by Joy Harjo.

If you rally for curves, be proud and enjoy Homage to My Hips by Lucille Clifton.

If you can identify with eccentric souls, try a little Tia Chucha by Luis Rodriguez on for size.

If you understand that trees are symbolic of life, read This Tree, This Poem by Luis Rodriguez, and then go hug a tree.

If you have a favorite poem (and an occasion for it), let me know.

Father’s Day Flashback Favorites

Taken from my review on http://www.goodreadswithronna.com, where you can find the latest and greatest in children’s books and educational products.

Father’s Day is just around the corner and to honor the occasion, I’m reviewing two picture books that have been daddy favorites in our household for years.

Daddy Hugs 1*2*3

The first is Daddy Hugs 1*2*3 by perennial kidlit favorite, Karen Katz. This counting book is perfect for the younger crowd (ages 1-3). Its bright and action-packed illustrations feature Daddy playing with Baby with hugs at every number.

“Here I come! It’s Daddy!”
Four “Yay, you did it!” first-step hugs
Six “I gotcha now!” hide-and-seek hugs
Eight dancing on Daddy’s feet cha-cha hugs

Kitty is along for the fun and can be spotted on many of the pages. Numbers accompany the words, so the young readers can identify numerals. This is a sweet book that highlights the milestones in infant/toddler life. The story ends with good night kisses and is perfect as a bedtime book, as well.

Very Best Daddy

The Very Best Daddy of All written by Marion Dane Bauer is a quiet book that presents the many ways through which fathers express and demonstrate love for their children.

Some daddies sing you awake.
Some hold you snug and tight.
Some take care of your mama, so she can take care of you.

Each page cleverly presents animal fathers. For example, Some tuck you in, safe and warm, when the sun’s about to go features a duckling cozying up in its father’s wing. Some daddies comb your hair, gently, gently, so you’ll be fresh and neat is paired with a gorilla combing his fingers through his child’s fur.

Leslie Wu’s pastel illustrations capture the warmth and strength of the animals in their landscapes. See the zebras on the savanna as the sun sets and the songbird feeding its baby in their nest.

The title suggests there is a very best daddy of all. Who is it? Your child will enjoy reading the book to find out.