Beyond Jack Prelutsky's must have poetry book for early readers and classrooms (It's Valentine's Day), the 8 picture books listed here are not just Valentine's Day Books, they are melt-you-heart-all-year-round stories to be savored and cherished.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, we’ve hand-picked ten many-splendored new books. Children are born loving poetry from the moment they form their first babbling words to when they begin to tackle more complex rhythms and tongue twisters. As they acquire language and enjoy how it rolls off their tongues, they also gain an appreciation for the beauty of creative expression. Nothing quite tops that moment when they learn to recite their first nursery rhyme. So leave a poem in your child’s pocket and help him discover the appeal of modern poetry.
There is nothing like inspiring a young mind with a good book that is rich in scientific facts delivered with pizazz and rich illustrations or startling photographs. In order to tame your wild one—or at least tap into his belief system—lessons in animal humanity and conservation are not to be missed. Many experts suggest that self-esteem, self-confidence, non-verbal communication, compassion, and empathy are all strengthened when a child learns to take care of an animal.
The following books have been selected because they showcase unique stories, poems, or fascinating facts, that have been combined with expressive illustrations or photographs. Let your wild one loose, I assure you there is a book here that will captivate him.
The Swamps of Sleethe
by Jack Prelutsky (Author), Jimmy Pickering (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 8 -12
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (March 10, 2009)
Review: Weird, wacky and wonderful are just some of the words that come to mind when reading The Swamps of Sleethe by