I'm very happy to participate in the third annual Booking Across the USA Project, hosted by one of my favorite children's book and literacy blogs, Growing Book by Book! Each blogger chose an author with a relation to one of the 50 United States, and I was lucky enough to snag one of America's most outstanding children's poets, Jack Prelutsky. I first met him at a book signing event for A Pizza the Size of the Sun, waaaaay back in 1996, when I was fresh out of undergrad and working for a children's bookstore.
I'm betting you're already familiar with Prelutsky's work, but just in case, here's a little bit about him: He hails from the great northwestern state of Washington:
Jack started his career as a folk musician, an interest he retains to this day, before penning more than 70 (yes, 70!) books of children's poetry over four decades. In 2006, Jack received the honor of being named the first American Children's Poet Laureate. You can learn more about Jack Prelutsky at his website, here.
April is National Poetry Month here in the United States, so I'm thrilled to be able to feature a poet for Booking Across the USA. Poetry is such an integral part of literacy education, and it's tons of fun to boot. Take a look at these Jack Prelutsky poems to get a taste of why kids love his poetry. You can click on each image to see the original web source:
See why Jack Prelutsky's poetry is so much fun for children and educators? It combines humor with valuable lessons about rhythm, rhyme, and other linguistics. These are my favorite Prelutsky poetry books:
There are so many educational activities you can engage your child in using Prelutsky's poetry. Many of these activities promote literacy and help kids create their own poetry. What a wonderful way to get kids hooked on poetry!
Poemstarts from Jack Prelutsky's website
National Poetry Month activities from Prelutsky's publisher Harper Collins
Work with kids to write their own poem after reading Prelutsky's poetry
Here's an awesome lesson plan that goes with Jack's book It's Raining Pigs and Noodles
I'm hoping you're super excited and ready to run out and check out some of Prelutsky's poetry from your local library or buy a book for your permanent collection. My kids LOVE his books, and I feel confident your family will, too! And don't forget to click on the image below to check out the rest of the authors and illustrators featured as part of the 3rd Annual Booking Across the USA project!
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