Science Poetry

Book Reviews - Books for Building Your Library

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Here are ten "must reads" for you to add to your classroom library. They vary in scientific, poetic, and artistic content, offering you a diverse creative collection. These books truly illustrate the nexus between art and science, and will offer your students mentor texts as they look for the overlaps in poetry and science.

This is the Tree...

This week's featured book is filled with poetic language and lush illustrations. Not only does This is the Tree: A Story of the Baobabprovide interesting facts about the African Baobab tree, but it engenders further curiosity about the African Savannah and the creatures that inhabit it.

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The Story Blanket

Next week's feature book by Ferida Wolff & Harriet May Savitz supports our explorations in the "Creating Classroom Communities" issue. A group of children sit together on the story blanket until the blanket's yarn must fill other needs in the community. A great book for establishing communities and sharing stories.


Children will enjoy this unique and engaging book of poems about trees. Each vertical two-page spread contains a striking illustration and a playful poem. The "glossatree" at the back of the book provides interesting facts about each tree featured in the book, as well as bark, leaves, roots, and tree rings. Thispoetic celebration of trees is sure to inspire young scientists and conservationists in your classroom!

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Wild Wings

Renowned poet Jane Yolen teamed up with her son, photographer Jason Stemple, to create this lovelyode to birds,Wild Wings: Poems for Young People.The poems, featuring differentspecies of birds, resonate with Yolen's emotional and startling imagery.Captions on each page provide scientific information on eachspecies.

Hoofbeats, Claws & Rippled Fins: Creature Poems

Animal woodcuts by artist Stephen Alcornserved as inspiration for each of the poems in this anthology.Celebrate earth's creatures, from the turtle ("Reptile eye/ shining inside its leather cave") to the rooster ("a swaggering boxer/ a henhouse tough guy").

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Science Verse

Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith bring usanother fun, wacky, and clever bookinScience Verse. A student cursed with "science verse" suddenly starts "hearing everything as a science poem." Readers will find great amusement in these science parodies of famous nursery rhymes and songs.

Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow

Amust-have for anyone exploring meadow ecology, Butterfly Eyes beautifully melds poetry, art, and factual information. Pairsof riddle poems arealternated with concise and interesting informational passages.

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Song of the Water Boatman& Other Pond Poems

Winner of a Caldecott Honor, Song of the Water Boatman is another beautiful children's book uniting poetry and science.Stunning art, varied and elegant poetry, and informational paragraphs make thisa wonderful resourcefor use across the curriculum.

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

This beloved classic by Paul Fleischman brings the insect world to life. Filled with factual detail and poetic whimsey, this classroom classic will engage even the most reluctant poet or scientist. Grab a friend and read the poems aloud together, and you will truly make a "joyful noise."

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Poem-Making: Ways to Begin Writing Poetry

After years of writing poems about science, Myra Cohn Livingston has written a book about the process of writing poetry. Teachers will find this a useful resource for introducing the craft of poetry to young writers.