Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Friday, April 29, 2011


Before saying good-by to National Poetry Month, I thought it would be fun to explore the Japanese art of writing haiku poetry.

Haiku poems don't rhyme, but they do follow a pattern and can be written horizonally or vertically.  Traditional haiku were often reflective of nature, but you can compose one about pretty much anything.  To write a haiku in English,  the simplest direction is to write your thoughts in 17 syllables, in three lines of 5-7-5.

Want to try writing a HAIKU with your kids?  CLICK HERE for an easy (and quick) lesson.  Here is my attempt:

Stories read aloud
to your children everyday -
goodness for their souls.

Have fun writing more poems with your kids on
the RIF (Reading is Fundamental) website...click HERE

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