Monday, August 3, 2009

Summer Reading Week 6: Writing and Poetry

Unbelievably we are actually into August and beginning our 6th week of summer reading. I can't believe how fast the summer is going! I hope you all have been reading up a storm and have made it to some of the wonderful library programs we've had this summer. Don't worry, it's not over yet! We still have two jam-packed weeks to go!

This week our focus is on writing and poetry. I feel a little like a broken record, but once again, there are many great books on this topic (see the non-fiction j800s) and below are just a few fun suggestions... So enough about that, and let's just get to it.

Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme compiled by Jack Prelutsky (j811.54 Rea)

A wonderful collection of poetry and "poemstarts" that will inspire you to write your own poetry!

Examines the history of writing and provides instructions for making special inks, using various alphabets and codes, and creating personal seals and private letter drops.

Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel by Ruth Barshaw (j Barshaw)

Eleven-year-old Ellie McDoodle illustrates her sketchbook with chronicles of her adventures and mishaps while camping with her cousins, aunt, and uncle.

Trial by Journal by Kate Klise (j Klise)

In this illustrated novel told through journal entries, news clippings, and letters, twelve-year-old Lily finds herself on the jury of a murder trial while conducting her own undercover investigation of the case.

I hardly need to promote the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books...they are so popular they're never on the shelves! But I like them a lot and I like that it's a diary written by a boy.

Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

And some writing websites....

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