This first in a series of school-based poetry collections includes poems about pencils and erasers (“Pencils” by Carl Sandburg and “The Eraser Poem” by Louis Phillips), paperclips and globes (“Paper Clips” and “Classroom Globe” by Rebecca Kai Dotlich), a rubber band bracelet (“Rubber Band Bracelet” by J. Patrick Lewis), and more.
Another award-winning collection, these number-themed poems consider not only the tools of math and math concepts (“Calculator” by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and “Time Passes” by Ilo Orleans) but also the relationship math shares with our everyday lives (“Nature Knows Its Math” by Joan Bransfield Graham and “Counting Birds” by Felice Holman).
“Magnets” (Valerie Worth), a “Dinosaur Bone” (Alice Schertle), and the mystery of “The Seed” (Aileen Fisher) are among the many poems from this collection that speak to the age-old question,”What is Science” (Rebecca Kai Dotlich).
No back-to-school post would be complete without an ABC book and THERE’S A ZOO IN ROOM 22 is one such book. Miss Darling, Room 22’s teacher, happily obliges her students’ requests with a room full of alphabetical class pets, anaconda to zorilla.
Another poetry collection from the “wild side” of school, STAMPEDE explores a range of school experiences. From the overwhelming feeling of being like a mouse lost in the “new-school maze,” to the exhilaration of being “King of the Jungle (Gym),” STAMPEDE is a humorous look at the way school brings out the animal nature in even the most serious student.