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Slice of Life: Reading Through Song #SOL19 #TWTBlog #BuildYourStack

NCTE #BuildYourStack is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Children’s Book Week.  I was looking for ways to join the celebration.  I posted my favorite (current) children’s book quote on Twitter yesterday.


Then I saw the invitation for today. 

Tuesday: Paving the Way to Reading through Song (Broadway Edition)

While I was not completely sure what they were looking for in terms of Broadway Edition … I was 100% sure of what I wanted to share in terms of reading through song!

(To the tune Take Me Out to the Ballgame)


This book is my latest find


I almost missed it


It caught my eye as I was paying for books


I got back in line


I had to have it


I have not been disappointed


Kids love it


Teachers too


Cause you must, must, must


have it now


if you teach Kindergarten or preschool

Are you intrigued?

Do you have an idea of what it is?

It was published March 19, 2019.

It is already a tried and true for me.

This book is filled with the poetry of Mister Rogers.  Each poem will speak directly to your students’ hearts and minds.  The musical quality in combination with important, talk-worthy ideas will make this book your go-to resource for shared reading and interactive read aloud, as well as a powerful mentor text for writer’s workshop. 

I am not a singer, but this book inspired me to try to write some musical poems.  I was amazed at how easy it is to take a tune and combine it with a topic.  I used Take Me Out to the Ballgame for the poem above and I used I’m a Little Teapot for this poem about spring:

Walking on a Spring Day

It’s a beautiful spring day

The sun is out

Leaves and flowers

See them sprout

When the grass gets all green

Hear me shout

Yippee – it’s spring

Time to go out

I have never used a tune to write poetry before.  Spending time in classrooms with students this month celebrating the poetry of Mister Rogers inspired me to give it a go.  Music adds rhythm, mood, and meaning to a poem. 

I cannot recommend this book enough … except to add that you can search for a YouTube video of almost every poem and see Mister Rogers singing it.  Here is one that has sparked conversations among many students this month:

Thanks to NCTE and Two Writing Teachers for providing a space for educators to share resources, ideas, tips, and reflections.

Clare

4 Comments
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    Melanie Meehan
    Posted at 10:32h, 30 April Reply

    I’m working on a favorite quote from a children’s book, but I’m in NY away from my collection. It might need to be something from Tuck Everlasting. Your poetry is great. We have first graders put their words to familiar songs as part of their poetry unit. They love it and they write great poems!

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    Susan Kennedy
    Posted at 23:36h, 30 April Reply

    Great idea for poetry and book promotion. Can’t wait to share this idea.

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    Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 00:37h, 01 May Reply

    Oh how I love Mr Rogers! This book missed my feed.
    Thanks for the recommendation.

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    Mandy Robek
    Posted at 02:13h, 01 May Reply

    I just saw this book somewhere this week and had a heart tug. Did you see the movie about him? You must – just warmed my human and educational heart.

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