Sunday, May 16, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Though today's posting does not deal with children's poetry, it is one that deals with a children's literature event that may be of interest to you and others you know.
In my role as co-representative of the Quebec chapter of the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP), I am hosting a conference on the last Saturday of this month in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. There are still spots available for those who wish to attend but haven't registered yet. You can even sign up at the conference during the registration time which takes place just before the event gets underway.
Yes Oui CANSCAIP will host the inaugural edition of "Imagine a Story", a one-day conference for emerging and established creators of works for children. The event takes place on Saturday, May 29, 2010 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Dawson College [3040 Sherbrooke St. W., Room 4C1 (Amphitheater), Montreal]. Vermont picture-book and young-adult author Tanya Lee Stone, Ontario author-editor Shelley Tanaka, and Quebec author-illustrator-filmmaker Janet Perlman are just a few of the individuals scheduled to speak at the event. Full conference details and registration information are available online at www.yesouicanscaip.ca. Yes Oui CANSCAIP is the Quebec chapter of CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers).
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
If you haven't heard of this gentleman, he is a notable and well-loved U.S. children's author-poet.
He is also quite prolific.
In 2009, he had several titles published including The Underwear Salesman: And Other Jobs For Better or Verse, First Dog, Countdown to Summer: A Poem for Everyday of the School Year, and Spot the Plot!: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles.
But wait there's more. He has several titles with a 2010 publication date including The House, Mr. Nickel & Mrs. Dime, The Kindergarten Cat, Skywriting: Poems to Fly, and Twinspiration: A Double Dose of Poems (with Jane Yolen).
Last year, Lewis created a poetic form called the zeno. Here is his definition of the zeno: "A 10-line verse form with a repeating syllable count of 8, 4, 2, 1, 4, 2, 1, 4, 2, 1. The rhyme scheme is abcdefdghd". You can read a couple of his examples of the zeno here.
To learn more about J. Patrick Lewis, visit his website at www.jpatricklewis.com.
In closing, I invite you all to track down and read one or several of his poems in celebration of his special day.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
These works are also known as verse novels. They run as long as standard novels but are told through a series of poems, normally written in free verse. These stories feature one or more characters who serve as narrator.
Verse novels can be read quickly since their pages contain noticeably fewer words than traditional novels. Adults can use this feature as a visual lure to entice and hook reluctant readers.
The apparent and strong presence of voice in verse novels allows readers to connect on a personal and intimate level with characters, to the point where readers feel as if they are reading someone's letters, diary or journal.
There are even novels in verse in which the characters learn about poetry in class and try their hand at poemmaking. Sharon Creech's Love that Dog and Hate that Cat, Jacqueline Woodson's Locomotion, and Steven Herrick's Naked Bunyip Dancing are just a sampling of these.
Verse novels are my favourite form of novel so I am always on the lookout for more of them. I would be interested in learning about other novels in verse including those written by UK and New Zealand authors.
You will find below 20 verse novels listed to get you started on your exploration of this captivating and accessible genre.
Ten Middle-Grade Novels in Verse
Do-Wrong Ron - Steven Herrick (Australia)
Hate that Cat - Sharon Creech (U.S.)
Keeping the Night Watch - Hope Anita Smith (U.S.)
Locomotion - Jacqueline Woodson (U.S.)
Love that Dog - Sharon Creech (U.S.)
Naked Bunyip Dancing - Steven Herrick (U.S.)
Oh, Brother! - Nikki Grimes (U.S.)
Pearl Verses the World - Sally Murphy (Australia)
The Way A Door Closes - Hope Anita Smith (U.S.)
Zorgamazoo - Robert Paul Weston (Canada)
Ten Young Adult Novels in Verse
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl - Tanya Lee Stone (U.S.)
Bronx Masquerade - Nikki Grimes (U.S.)
Cold Skin - Steven Herrick (Australia)
The Crazy Man - Pamela Porter (Canada)
Home of the Brave - Katherine Applegate (U.S.)
Libertad - Alma Fullerton (Canada)
Make Lemonade - Virginia Euwer Wolff (U.S.)
Simple Gift - Steven Herrick (Australia)
Witness - Karen Hesse (U.S.)
The Wolf - Steven Herrick (Australia)