One of my favorite teaching resources, Book Links magazine, has merged with it’s parent, Booklist, to become a regular supplement beginning this month. It’s still full of all kinds of wonderful items with a focus on social studies in this issue, including articles about war, heroes, persecution and intolerance. (Our October issue of Bookbird has a similar focus, interestingly enough!)
My “Everyday Poetry” column looks at works of fiction published this year that feature characters reading and writing poetry, including:
- Bella and Bean by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
- Stanza by Jill Esbaum
- Gooney Bird is So Absurd by Lois Lowry
- Also Known as Harper by Ann Haywood Leal
- Metamorphosis by Betsy Franco
In addition, the author of each of these books was kind enough to share a few great comments with me which are included in the piece. (Thank you, all!) The full text is available at BooklistOnline (but I can't seem to get the link to post here-- sorry!).
And look whose book is featured on the COVER of this issue of Book Links… drum roll… Laura Purdie Salas and Stampede! Go, Laura! I reviewed Stampede earlier this year and just loved it and she was kind enough to provide the unpublished poem that is featured in this October issue of Book Links. Her poem is “Fiesta,” inspired by fond memories of her Spanish teacher Señora Everson and captures the fun of a foreign language class taught by a teacher with pizzazz, full of the interlingual (25 cents please) use of Spanish. You’ll have to get the magazine to get your hands on that poem, but it comes with permission to reproduce it! Thank you again, Laura, for sharing this gem.
Join the rest of the Poetry Friday crew with Kelly Herold at Crossover this week.
Posting (not poem) by Sylvia M. Vardell © 2009. All rights reserved.