Sunday, 3 April 2011

Book Sharing Monday :: A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms

April is Poetry Month in the USA and Canada! I thought I would share poetry books for the whole month of April to celebrate. We usually make a point of reading more poetry books from the library or study poetry during this month.

The Poets website has a great resource page, a list of "great poems to teach" with audio clips for each poem listed. There are many resources for celebrating National Poetry Month too on this page. Young Poets also has many useful links listed here. I had listed more helpful links in this post.

For the first poetry book I would like to share "A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms" selected by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Chris Raschka. This book has an unusual title, but it is interesting! Through selected poems, the author showcases 29 poetic forms from the couplet to the pantoum. The author gives a suggestion on how to read this book in the introduction, he writes to read the poem, then the explanatory note at the bottom of that page. He mentions the extra explanations at the back of the book and then suggests to read the poem "another time or two to see if you can tell how it follows - or departs from - the aspects of that particular poetic form. "

Tyger Tyger, burning bright
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
"The Tyger" by William Blake.
A quatrain

If you would like to participate in Book Sharing Monday, please include a link to your book sharing post below. Happy reading!


  1. This looks like a fun poetry book! Look forward to seeing more throughout April.

    I tried to add a link but didn't come up with the usual window, so unsuccessful but my book sharing post is here:

  2. I love the illustrations. I have not seen this book before. It looks like an interesting selection of poems.

  3. This time I did it correctly and linked to the actual blog post and not just the blog. I'm wondering if should go back to last Monday and redo it or leave it for the "Popcorn!" book.

    There are tons of wonderful poetry books out there for kids off all ages. Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

    Edventures in Edmonton


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