“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Written by: Lee Bennett Hopkins, Illustrated by: Yayo, Published by: Holiday House, 2011, 32pp.
Synopsis: This is a wonderful collection of 13 poems that all place emphasis on the joy of reading. Each poem celebrates something special about reading (such as reading can take you on a wild adventure or you can go on a deep dive with a good book).
Rationale for Use: This would be a great book to use to start a poetry study! The students could read the poems and find similarities and differences in the poems. This book could also be read to students that were having a hard time enjoying reading. Then, students could be encouraged to write their own poems about what they like about reading.
Common Core Connection: Teachers could use these poems to teach the difference in literal and non-literal language. Writing standards could also be addressed if students were told to write imaginative poems.