Archive for the ‘poetry’ Category

Poems by Calef Brown

Silly rhyming poems by fantastic illustrator/author Calef Brown. Read aloud a different poem every day or use to launch a writing activity.

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Dreaming in Indian is a collection of writing, memoir, artwork  and poetry, by Aboriginal artists exploring what it was like for them growing up. A fabulous read and essential for all libraries, this would be a great book to read with older students for prompting deep discussion or writing. Check out art by Bunky Echo-Hawk, wise words from Olympic swimmer Waneek Horn-Miller, and childhood reflections by Joseph Boyden.

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Canadian spoken word poet Shane Koyczan‘s poem To This Day is published in this illustrated book and tells the painful autobiographical story of Shane’s childhood experiences with being bullied.

Checkout this youtube video:

Wonderful for launching discussions on bullying and inclusion with older students. Would also be great for beginning poetry, art or spoken word projects.

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Looking for a way to celebrate the life of author, performer, poet, civil rights activist, and inspiration Maya Angelou? Read aloud her beautiful poem Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, in picture book format, accompanied by Basquiat’s art.


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Poetry is a magical thing to read and write with kids. Here are some new poetry books in Strathcona library:


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dark humour

Truly amusing animal epitaphs.


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I am so excited to see Bob Heidbreder has published a new book of poems! Bob is a poet, puppeteer, and the author of several excellent books. I first met him a decade ago when he was a highly engaging grade two teacher in Kitsilano.


Wonderful, funny poems to inspire young poets with beautiful illustrations.


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