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Did you know the “beginning reader” and “early reader” books vary by publisher? This means that one pre-1st level book by one publishing house can be much more difficult than another pre-1st level book by another publisher. Just ask a youth librarian. I did last week at the beginning of National Poetry Month, April!
Compare for yourself. Contrast Random House Kids with Chronicle Books.
Though taste is subjective, it’s possible to raise your success rate of finding poems that will win over the child. Poetry is not meant to be taken like an unpleasant but good-for-you vitamin. Instead, it is meant to be a joy and a fresh way to use words.
Here’s a set of Thought-starters:
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3. Switch roles. Once he/she feels a sense of accomplishment, why not have the young reader take the spotlight. The grown-up becomes the audience and listens while the child recites/reads. Poems like Shakespeare’s plays are meant to be spoken aloud. For a dinosaur poetry book, wouldn’t it be fitting to add sound effects?
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