Friday, April 19, 2013

April is National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month, so what better time to highlight some of our excellent children's poems? Long-time Annick author, illustrator, and poet Loris Lesynski creates books filled with hilarious rhymes that roll off the tongue. She's also a great performer, and hearing her read her work aloud makes kids (and some adults!) want to bop along to the beat, and perhaps come up with a few poems themselves. Loris's website is filled with poetry resources for teachers, like this guide to writing in rhyme.

Last fall, Annick published a book of soccer poems by Loris, Crazy About Soccer!, and this fall, Crazy About Basketball! will hit the shelves. You can also get Crazy About Soccer! and four of Loris's other popular titles in e-book format with Open Road Integrated Media.

In honor of National Poetry Month, here's one of my favorite poems from Crazy About Soccer!, "KangaKicks."

at all
at all
can learn to kick
a ball
a ball.
A kangaroo
could do it,
a bigger kick
than me or you,
but never put one
in a game
’cuz they can kick—

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