Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve Friday Poetry

The other day I was listening to NPR in the kitchen while cooking. I love doing that. Krista Tippet was on with her show "Being". She was talking about Rumi and discussing his poetry. Rumi was a 13th poet and mystic born in present day Afghanistan who lived most of his life in Turkey. He is known for his Sufi brand of Islam and the poetry made known in the West by Coleman Barks. (Hear Barks read Rumi on YouTube.) Rumi is one of my favorite poets. You can read all about him and his view of the world at Krista's site. She has a really wonderful show complete with music, poetry, background history and commentary.

A segment from a poem Krista quoted on the show with lines that really grabbed me:

There is one
righteousness: Water the fruit trees,
and don't water the thorns. Be generous 

And another line that resounds with meaning this Christmas, a famous saying of Rumi's:

"all humanity is pregnant with God."

I am contemplating that today, thinking of the birth of Jesus and Mary and Joseph's first night in Bethlehem. What do you think about being pregnant with God? Does that fill you with hope? The Quakers say there is "that of God" in every person. Think about that when you are scurrying around the mall in the next week or so. Look for God's spirit and be surprised.

I am also going to be concentrating on watering the fruit trees. It's a good season in my life to focus on that.

bittersweet berries

To start with, this weekend read poetry from all around the kidlitopshere over at A Year of Reading.

Peace & Joy is ours this day!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Gift Books for Black Boys

My boys are five and eight, in kindergarten and second grade. I searched around for newer early chapter books with Black boys as main characters. We have read most of the old favorites and I always want to find something new for them for Christmas gifts. It wouldn't be a perfect holiday without some new reads under the tree! Here is what I found after reading posts at The Brown Bookshelf. Do you have any other suggestions? Have you read any of these with kids? What do you think?

The Low-Down, Bad-Day Blues, by Derrick Barnes

Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It by Sundee Frazier

Kick Off! by Tiki & Ronde Barber

Kwanzaa Activities, Crafts, Recipes & More!

Seven Spools of Thread by Anglea Shelf Medearis

Wood Hoopoe Willie by Virginia Kroll

Friday, December 10, 2010

for Friday Poetry in Advent: Mary's Song

by Luci Shaw

Blue homespun and the bend of my breast
keep warm this small hot naked star
fallen to my arms. (Rest…
you who have had so far to come.)
Now nearness satisfies
the body of God sweetly. Quiet he lies
whose vigor hurled a universe. He sleeps
whose eyelids have not closed before. the rest here at Google books. This poem is in the book Accompanied by Angels: Poems of the Incarnation (Eerdman's 2006), which is a collection of her Advent poems that she has included in Christmas cards over the years. This poem has been put to music by Knut Nystedt and is sung by the Electra Choir of Vancover on the CD Child of Grace. What I love about this poem is that it brings me right into the room with Mary, and makes the miracle of Christmas real in the gut.

Enjoy more poetry this weekend at the round up at jama rattigan's alphabet soup.

Friday, December 03, 2010

haiku for hard times

It's been a rough week here at A Wrung Sponge. I've gotten a lot of bad news lately and we are reeling. I heard I will be laid off from my school library job, along with six of my teaching colleagues, due to dropping enrollment. I am job hunting again, and BTW if you hear of any Librarian job openings, please pass on the news!

Then my furnace developed some serious problems and we were without heat for several chilly days & nights, until we could get a new one put it. Do you have any idea how expensive a new furnace is? Right before Christmas when you are unsure of your employment future? sheesh.

The third shoe dropped: Yesterday my oldest son, who is in the Air Force, and for whom we have been counting the days until he got leave and could come home to see us, emailed me that he would not be home for Christmas. We are devastated at the news. Suddenly things are looking a lot less cheery around here.

THEN my car check engine light came on. The service dept. at the dealer recommended bringing it in this morning because they are unsure of what is happening in that hybrid complexity that seemed like such a good idea last summer. So that's where I will be, with two kids entertaining themselves, instead of my morning's work.

Alrighty then. Let's look around for some light and dig a little deeper for reason to rejoice. I have to remember the classical haiku poets who did not have central heat, or retirement plans, or any kind of vehicle. I am standing on my faith that God has good plans for us. And I am seeking rest in simple beauty.


Just weeds
beside the road glowing
cricket song

  -Andromeda Jazmon


Light catches
along the ribs of harvest
seeds humming

  -Andromeda Jazmon


ETA: Saturday morning I thought of another haiku for the third picture:

Bare trees
reflected in the creek
colors deepen

  -Andromeda Jazmon

Check out the Friday Poetry roundup at Miss Rumphius for more poetry therapy.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Giving Thanks; A Native American Morning Message

by Chief Jake Swamp, illustrated by Irwin Printup, Jr. Lee & Low, 1995. I received a nice review copy of this book in the mail this week from the publisher. I was sad to learn that Chief Jake Swamp passed away this past October. He was a force for peace in the world and a leader of integrity, serving  the Council of Chiefs in the Mohawk Iroquois Nation for over three decades. He started the Tree of Peace Society in 1984, working to bring folks together around the planting of trees and community building for peace.

He wrote the book Giving Thanks; A Native American Good Morning Message for children, in order to share with the world this poem and prayer for peace and thanksgiving. These words have been shared in the Thanksgiving Address at community gatherings, political meetings, in family homes, and in personal spiritual practice for generations.

Chief Swamp has brought to us the poetry of the Iroquois language and translated it into English as a bridge of joy and thanksgiving in the service of peace. At the back of the book he has it written in the original Mohawk language. I searched for an audio recording that I could link to here, in order to give you the flavor of his voice reading it, but was unable to find it. I did find an audio book for sale at the Weston Woods website, where you can hear the first couple stanzas in both English and Mohawk read by Chief Jake Swamp, as a preview. What a joy it is to hear him speak this powerful poem in Mohawk with his majestic voice! You can purchase the whole thing on CD, video or PlayAway. There are a couple video productions that include this book, and I requested one from my public library to enjoy over the Thanksgiving break. Hear the words:

"To be a human being is an honor, and
we offer thanksgiving for all the gifts of life.

Mother Earth, we thank you for giving us
everything we need.

Thank you, deep blue waters around Mother Earth,
for you are the force that takes thirst away from all living things."

I won't quote the whole poem here, but I urge you to find a copy and read it together with some young ones. We read it in the library this week and the children were spellbound. The beautiful illustrations by Erwin Printup, Jr. (a Cayuga/Tuscarora Indian & artist) were a perfect match for the solemn and joyful words. With my second graders we followed the instructions on the Lee & Low Teacher's Guide page and made our own accordion books to celebrate what we are thankful for on this World Peace Day. It was a great project! I asked the children to think about how peace and thanksgiving are connected or contribute to each other, and their books really showed how they felt being thankful makes a more peaceful world. I think it might be a refreshing way to look at giving thanks in this world of packaged holidays.

What do you think? If we all said a daily morning message of thanksgiving, would the world be more peaceful? How and Why?

Here are the final words to the poem:

"And most of all, thank you, Great Spirit, for
giving us all these wonderful gifts, so we will be
happy and healthy every day and every night."

PlayAway audiobook
Weston Woods recording
eDigital Media audiobook
Teacher support/lesson plans
Jake Swamp remembered at Lee & Low
Personal Appeal from Chief Jake Swamp

Today's Friday Poetry Round up is hosted  by Diane at Random Noodling. Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Review: How the Moon Regained her Shape

by Janet Ruth Heller, illustrated by Ben Hodson. Silvan Dell, 2006. (Review copy). This gorgeously illustrated folktale is about the moon. It is a compelling story about how to deal with bullying, insulting behavior. The sun, with a mean face and a brash attitude, tells the moon she is not needed by anyone. Moon shrinks away to a "sliver of her former self" in shame and embarrassment, until her friend Comet kindly brings her to Round Arms, a woman living at the base of the mountains who knows the power of love and encouragement. By reminding Moon of the ones who love her, including rabbits, artists and women who dance under the light of the moon, Round Arms restores the faith and joy of Moon so that she returns to her full self.

I received word from Slivan Dell of a link to the ebook version of this volume at their website, which is free to all for the month of November. (click on the book cover in the right hand column of the home page).
How the Moon Regained Her Shape is Sylvan Dell Publishing’s November featured eBook. Anyone can access this book for the entire month of November on the Sylvan Dell homepage.
I showed it to second and first graders in the library last week and they loved it! They wanted to see the print version too in order to hold it in their hands and peruse the lovely artwork, so I am glad to have both versions available in the library.  We saw, read and listened to the book on the wide screen in the library and it was a delightful experience. The print copy has had a lot of traffic, and when I left the ebook open on the computer the children flipped through it over & over.

The book has additional information about the phases of the moon on the final pages, and on the computer you can zoom in to see the descriptive diagrams large. The children were fascinated by the difference views of the moon through out the month as it waxes and wanes. I learned something new too; I have been admiring and watching the moon my whole life but I never realized that as it waxes and wanes it appears in predicatable places in the sky at certain times of day:

"As it approaches full, the moon appears to be getting bigger and is visible in the east in the afternoon. About two weeks after the new moon, the full moon rises when the sun sets and sets when the sun rises. The moon appears to get smaller, or to wane, after the full moon. Then the bright side of the moon points to the rising sun. The third-quarter moon is highest in the sky when the sun rises and can be seen in the morning on a clear day. As the moon approaches its new moon phase once again, its sliver (or crescent) is visible in the eastern sky just before sunrise, then after the new moon, in the western sky just after sunset."

So if you see the crescent moon in the sky in the early morning, the light side of it is facing the rising sun. If you see a crescent moon in the afternoon sky, the light side is facing the setting sun.  They curl in opposite directions. Makes sense but I never thought of it that together before! So cool to learn new information from a folklore picture book.

The other part of this book that the children were really focused on was the helpful strategies for dealing with bullies. We had just spent some time school-wide talking about dealing with bullies, so the children had it fresh in their minds. They were able to talk about what they had experienced and restate useful, effective strategies for dealing with it in real life, such as leaving the bully without engaging in back and forth, telling someone else, and finding positive, loving relationships to bolster yourself under stress. This book is a beautiful blend of story, scientific information about the natural world, and real life personal relationship wisdom.

The one thing about the book that I am not sure of is the sort of Native-American-ish nature of the folklore and illustrations. It is not an actual Native American story and the artwork is only loosely based on a Native-ish style, which does not claim to be any particular culture. But it may lead one to believe they are reading an actual folktale developed and passed on by a particular tribal group. That makes me uncomfortable because it is clearly not so. On the other hand, what is wrong with echoing a style of art and using a traditional voice in telling a story? There is a very critical review of the book at  American Indians in Children's Literature. What do you think?

Be sure to visit the Silvan Dell homepage to see this  ebook for yourself. And check out the Nonfiction Monday roundup of blog posts at the blog In Need of Chocolate. Enjoy!

Nonficiton Monday Schedule

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Chronicle Books wish list

Chronicle Books is running a book give-away drawing between now and Dec. 15th. For the Happy Haulidays drawing all bloggers have to do is post a wish list worth up to $500 of books. What books would you like to have? If I would happen to win this drawing, one of my commenters here on this post would win the list too. Sound like fun? I would LOVE to win these books for my library:

Story Painter

Story Painter

By John Duggleby

Jacob Lawrence in the City

Jacob Lawrence in the City

By Susan Goldman Rubin



By Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by Elisa Kleven

Sienna's Scrapbook

Sienna's Scrapbook

By Toni Trent Parker
Illustrated by Janell Genovese

Ruby's Wish

Ruby's Wish

Written by Shirin Yim Bridges
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Snow White/Blancanieves

Snow White/Blancanieves

Adapted by Miquel Desclot
Illustrated by Ignasi Blanch

Beauty and the Beast/La bella y la bestia

Beauty and the Beast/La bella y la bestia

Adapted by Roser Ros
Illustrated by Cristina Losantos

Papa, Do You Love Me?

Papa, Do You Love Me?

By Barbara M. Joosse
Illustrated by Barbara Lavallee

Out of Sight

Out of Sight

By Pittau & Gervais

Eight Winter Nights

Eight Winter Nights

By Laura Krauss Melmed
Illustrated by Elisabeth Schlossberg

Don't Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table

Don't Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table

By Vanessa Brantley Newton

Oh Lord, I Wish I was a Buzzard

Oh Lord, I Wish I was a Buzzard

By Polly Greenberg
Illustrated by Aliki

Beyond the Great Mountains

Beyond the Great Mountains

By Ed Young

The Story of Little Black Sambo

The Story of Little Black Sambo

By Helen Bannerman
Illustrated by Christopher Bing

Fire Race

Fire Race

By Jonathan London
and Lanny Pinola
Illustrated by Sylvia Long

Hanukkah Haiku

Hanukkah Haiku

By Harriet Ziefert
Illustrated by Karla Gudeon

Night of the Moon

Night of the Moon

By Hena Khan
Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

Moishe's Miracle

Moishe's Miracle

By Laura Krauss Melmed
Illustrated by David Slonim

Friday, November 12, 2010

Quiet waters haiku

Life is a little crazy around here this week. It's nice to take some time to rest by the quiet waters and just soak in the color.


sitting by water
waiting for clarity;
silt settles

  -Andromeda Jazmon


red berries
beside the woodland path;
resting spot

  -Andromeda Jazmon


Enjoy some slow sunshine this weekend. And stop by the Friday Poetry round up hosted by Terry at  Scrub-a-Dub-Tub.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pearl of China

by Anchee Min. Bloomsbury USA. March 2010. Anchee Min, who also wrote Red Azalea, Becoming Madame Mao and The Last Empress, has written a fascinating story on the life of Pearl S. Buck. Buck grew up in China at the turn of the last century and came to be most well known for her wonderfully successful novel The Good Earth, which won her the Pulitzer in 1938 as the first American woman to win one.

Min grew up during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and was not allowed to read The Good Earth until she came to the US in 1996. She dedicates this novel to Buck as a tribute to her deep connection to China and the Chinese people. Since I lived in China for two years in the mid 80s and love The Good Earth, this was a natural book for me.

Willow, the main character, is the child of a poor man who attaches himself to Pearl's father in order to make his living by assisting the missionary in church building. At first the two girls don't like each other, but a mutual attraction and fascination eventually brings them together and makes them the best of friends. The novel progresses through their growing up years and on into early adulthood, marriages, the birth of Pearl's daughter, and the failure of both of their marriages. Pearl marries again and leaves China to live in the US. She adopts eight children and lives in a farm house in Pennsylvania. I have visited the home, which is preserved as a memorial. I have actually seen her typewriter set up on the desk in front of the window looking out over the garden as it is described in  this book. I've walked around the huge wooden table in the kitchen and imagined the family gathered there on the long benches. It is really cool to read about Willow visiting this place and being able to relate to her feelings of awe and wonder and affection for Pearl.

Min also portrays the political upheavals in China through out the 20th century with insight and compassion. Willow lives through the Mao and Gang of Four, suffering and struggling to survive with the rest of the Chinese people. Her second husband is one of Mao's right hand men. At one point she returns to her childhood village and finds friends and family living crammed together in an empty church building. She is forced to work cleaning the town latrines, which in my personal experience is a horrendous sensory experience. They somehow make it through the cultural Revolution though, and Willow does alright just as Min has done. In spite of all the difficulties and miles separating them, Pearl and Willow hang onto their deep friendship. The vast differences in perspective and cultural values are brought to light in the simplest details of daily life. The tenderness of a life long friendship is celebrated even as the modern history of China is illustrated in the events of their lives.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in China or the novels of Pearl S. Buck and Anchee Min. I think it could be a good crossover book for young adults interested in modern history and cultural explorations. If you have spent any time in China you really need to read this book and leave me a comment about what you thought of it. As I read the descriptions of living conditions, food, family and countryside I was flooded with memories. I'd love to hear what you thought!

Friday, November 05, 2010

PiBoIdMo: I'm in!


PiBoIdMo - Tara Lazar's wonderful idea for a month of inspiration. Just scribble down an idea for a picture book every day for the month of November, and you are eligible to win a prize from a list that includes original artwork from children's book illustrators, critique and advice from editors, and other cool stuff. You don't have to share your ideas, just sign the pledge to really truly do it. Then, at the end of the month, you will have a goldmine of potential to develop and turn into maybe an actual book or two in the future! That's what I am hoping for anyway.  Tara has guest bloggers posting ideas and encouragement all month at her blog so you can get inspired. You have until Nov. 7 to sign up so go on! Grab a notebook and jump! 

"First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down."
Ray Bradbury 

Autumn Haiku


quiet waters;
brilliant autumn colors
gathered shadows

-Andromeda Jazmon

This weekend it is cold and rainy, but last weekend was brilliant sunshine. The leaves were at their peek and we had a glorious afternoon in the woods. I hope you find some of this light to bask in around your way. Check out the Friday Poetry round up hosted by JoAnn at Teaching Authors.


gold infused leaves
come down one at a time;
still water

-Andromeda Jazmon

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Review: The Other Half of My Heart

by Sundee T. Frazier. Delacorte Press, 2010. (Library copy). Minni and Keira are eleven years old twins. They are biracial, with a Black mom and white dad. Minni is lighter skinned and looks like dad, while Keira is darker and looks more like mom. Everywhere they go people remark over them and wonder how they could be born of the same parents, since they look so completely different. Minni and Keira are very close friends as well as sisters, and the reactions to their appearence causes some tension as they get older.

Their Black grandmother invites them down south to North Carolina for the summer to compete in the Miss Black Pearl Preteen beauty pagent. Keira is delighted with the idea (she loves to shine on stage) but Minni feels shy and awkward and would rather skip the whole thing. Her first loyalty is to her sister however, so she tries her best to play along. It is really interesting to read her point of view as she becomes involved in the social scene and worries about whether she will be accepted as Black enough to even participate. Her mother assures her "there are many ways to be Black" and by the end of the story she has seen that lived out in her grandmother Johnson and her community. At times the girls feel discriminated against and even wonder about their grandmother's different treatment of them based on her life experience. There are many questions as the story develops that pull readers in and invite speculation about why characters react the way they do.

You can read about the backstory and how Sundee, a biracial beauty pageant runner up herself, has experienced similar situations at her website. There is also an excerpt from the book to get you hooked. I think this would be a fascinating read aloud with fifth or sixth graders. I'd love to hear their reactions and discussions as the book progresses.

The book has been nominated for a Mock Coretta Scott King
Interview with the author here.
Review at Semicolon here.
Tina Says blog has a review here.
 You can read more reviews at

If you've read the book please leave a comment about how you found it. I've never been in a beauty pageant. Did is seem real to you? Have you experienced something similar?

Monday, November 01, 2010

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican celebration remembering loved ones who have passed on. It is celebrated in many communities in Mexico and the United States. Here are some children's books I've been reading over the past week to my elementary school classes:

On Day of the Dead by Yolanda James, illustrated by Russ Daff. Dingles & Co. 2008. Simple, clear text describes ways to celebrate, including making pan de Muertos, or round, sweet bread, ofrentas, or home altars remembering dead family members. The altar is decorated with symbols of earth, fire, water and air in the fruits, candles, drinks and papel picado or cut paper decorations. Other things to make and display include sugar skulls, skull masks, marigold flowers and favorite foods. Families sing and dance together and visit the graveyard to remember their loved ones. The illustrations in this book are brightly colored, warm and vibrant, showing the love and care of close-knit family.  This book would be good for beginning readers. Recommended for ages 2- 7.

Uncle Monarch  by Judy Goldman, illustrated by Rene King Moreno. Boyd's Mill Press, 2008. Lupita shares the joy of returning monarch butterflies and remembers loved ones who have died as she celebrates the Day of the Dead with Tia Urbano. When he becomes sick and dies she has a way to celebrate his life. Very sweet story and lovely connection with monarch butterflies. Another blog review here at Nummybooks.

 I Remember Abuelito; a Day of the Dead Story by Janice Levy. Another sweet story connecting monarch migration with remembering loved ones who have passed away. Classes studying monarchs will find these books to fit right in with the theme. Levy brings out the elements of the family and community celebration while sharing the tender moments of a child and her grandmother.

Just a Minute! a Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Moralas. In this funny book Senior Calaveras tries to trick Grandma Beetle into coming away with him but she is just too busy getting ready to party with her grandchildren. Counting words in Spanish and English invite the audience to read along as she counts her decorations and preparations. Bright, bold illustrations add to the festivities. Yuyi Moralas is an artist, and storyteller from Mexico, now living in California. She has a fabulous website here with printables and more. At Chronical books she talks about her work and Dia de los Muertos.

Other links:

School Library Journal has a book list online.
The Museum of International Folkart has a page dedicated to celebrating Dia de los Muertos.
Paper Tigers blogs about the children's book El dia de los muertos/ The Day of the Dead, a bilingual picture book written and illustrated by Bob Barner and translated by Teresa Mlawer (Holiday House, 2010).

Lastly we have enjoyed this YouTube song in Spanish. The kinders and first graders have been singing it on the playground all week - fun!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Poetry: In the Wild

by David Elliott, illustrated by Holly Meade. Candlewick, 2010. We just got this lovely poetry collection in our school library. It started circulating immediately and I had to snag it in between kids in order to read it myself. Fabulous woodcut illustrations with colorful watercolor embelishments. The cover is compelling and each animal inspired poem draws you in deeper. Take a look at the zebra poem at Elliott's website. My favorite:

Big, yet moves
with grace.
Powerful, yet delicate
as lace.

As to color, plain -
an ordinary gray.
But once we start to look,
we cannot look away.

When peaceful, silent;
when angry, loud.

Who would have guessed
the Elephant
is so much like a cloud?

That speaks to me and I am sure kids feel it too:

When peaceful, silent;
when angry, loud.

Amen! This book is also reviewed at Bookends, the Booklist Online blog, where Cindy favored the same poem as me. If you live near Portsmouth, NH you are in for a treat as David Elliott will be at the River Run Bookstore for a reading and book signing on Nov. 6, 2010.

Look for this volume and celebrate some wildness this Halloween weekend with a child near you. also check out the companion book On the Farm, also by David Elliott and Holly Meade.

The Friday Poetry round up is hosted by Toby at The Writer's Armchair today.  Enjoy!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Poetry round up here & haiku

Every Friday blogs all around the Kidlitosphere post something poetry related; original work, poetry book reviews, a favorite poem, a bit of poetic news, a story or classroom experience... it's all good. Today it's my turn to host the round up with links to all that poetic juiciness.

Many of the bloggers that participate in the kidlitosphere (focusing on books for children and young adults) will be in Minniapolis this weekend at KidLitCon. I am sad I couldn't join them, but glad I was able to take part in the party by hosting the Friday Poetry. While they are traveling toward each other and gathering for KidLitCon drinks night IRL, we will be lifting our virtual drinks in spirit.

I'll start with a photo of the woods near school and a haiku that rises from the quiet of my last woodland walk.

golden light

slow progress
along the woodland path;
going green to gold


forest cathedral;
sap singing praises to light
an offering of leaves

-Andromeda Jazmon

If you have some poetry to share please leave your blog name (with an indication of what you're posting) and your URL in Mr. Linky below. I'll copy and paste the list into this post at the end of the day. Then come back later to browse around and enjoy the feast all weekend!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Review: Pele King of Soccer

El rey del futbol; a bilingual picture book by Monica Brown, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez.  Translated by Fernando Gayesky. HarperColins, 2008. When Pele was a boy in Brazil he used to play soccer barefoot in the street with a grapefruit, bundle of rags, or whatever ball they could scrounge up. He had a team made up of his neighborhood friends that made a name for themselves. He grew up to play for Brazil and win the World Cup three times. He is the greatest soccer player ever and his name is known around the world by fans of all ages.

This inspiring biography is illustrated with dynamic, powerful images that seem to whiz across the open pages. Bright colors and swirls of movement accentuate the wonder of Pele's magic. For any kid playing soccer today this is a great story and a delightful treat for the eyes.

Interview with Monica Brown at la bloga,
 Curriculum guide and book trailers in Spanish & English at Brown's site.

The Monday Nonfiction round up is at Mother Reader's blog today. Enjoy!

Friday, October 15, 2010

What we found behind the mansion in the park...


the rose garden
after the season;
open paths

-Andromeda Jazmon

Hope you are enjoying these lovely fall days. Get out and wander a bit! Poetry Friday posts are rounded up at Liz in Ink. I am doing the round up next week so be sure to come back by on Friday!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Books that haven't yet been nominated for a Cybils

I've been over to the Cybils site to add my nomination titles for some of the best children's books published between Oct. 16, 2009 and Oct. 15, 2010. ANYONE can nominate their favorites. You don't have to be a librarian, teacher, writer, or parent. But there are only five more days when you can do it! Don't miss your chance to sound off.

One of the rules is that each person can only nominate one book in each category. So now that I've said my say, it's up to the rest of you to put in the books you've been treasuring this year. Here of some good books from the last year that haven't been mentioned yet:

Nonfiction picture books:


Bear in mind that these books might have just been nominated in the last ten minutes, so check the nomination lists by category here.