Introduction to the 9-12 Booklist
In this booklist for 9-12 year olds, there are titles that are particularly ideal for classroom activity.
Four anthologies are included: A River of Stories is a beautiful collection of stories and poems from the 54 Commonwealth countries stunningly illustrated by Jan Pienkoski. All the Wild Wonders: Poems of our Earth contains 33 poems from around the world that celebrate nature and the planet while Side by Side: New Poems Inspired by Art from Around the World is an innovative collection of 40 new poems that connect a work of art with a poet's words.
Sheep Don't Go to School edited by Andrew Fusek Peters is an older title but still worth getting hold of, as it features a whole host of poems translated from Eastern European languages.
The Aspiring Poet's Journal from France is a must-have for any classroom as it is packed full of ingenious exercises, advice, suggestions, examples and plenty of encouragement for any aspiring young poet. There is an idea for every day of the year accompanied by wacky illustrations by Hervè Tullet.
In the Land of Punctuation from India is a unique book based on the German poet Christian Morgenstern's poem centred on punctuation, perfectly complimented by Indian artist Rathna Ramanathan's superb typographical illustrations.
I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail is a classic British poem from the 17th century. Known as 'trick verse' because it seems not to make any sense when it is read for the first time Although read when the sentences are broken up with punctuation it starts to become logical.
Another book that can be used for poetry as well as art, Under the Spell of the Moon: Art for Children from the World's Great Illustrators. Included are a whole host of celebrated International artists who were commissioned to illustrate a text of their choice and the book includes both poetry and prose together with dual-language text.
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