It’s the end of National Poetry Month.  What did you read?  Did you keep up with the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day website?  Or did you check out Poetry 180 run by Billy Collins while he was the Poet Laureate? Or maybe you found a new poet or read some of your favorites.  Did you try a novel in verse?

Or if you are in grades 3-12 did you share your poems with other poets at Poet-to-Poet?  You can still email your poems to poet2poet@poets.org with your name and which poem/poet inspired you  today!  Some will be posted on the website in May!

Let us know what you did!

If someone checked out the novel in verse we recommended before, try again, they’re all well worth the read!

-The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber (secret identities, faked murder, and enough drama for at least three Shakespeare plays)

-Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge (modern true stories behind fairy tales)

-Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski (a topsy-turvy modern Romeo and Juliet tale)

-After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy (two high school seniors getting through their last semester)

-The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones (a novel of middle age, motherhood, marriage and mayhem)

… the list goes on.  Try something new this month and tell us if you like it.

 

Find Novels in Verse and Poetry books in the Catalog.

 

Don’t forget, we have a great selection of poetry year round.  Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog via WordPress.

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For whatever reason, boys (generally speaking) don’t read as much as their female counterparts.  Happily, there are a growing number of resources dedicated to finding books for young(er) male readers, like Guys Read, Books 4 Boys, Best Books For Boys, Booksforboys.com, and Read Kiddo Read.   Some of them break up recommendations by what’s in them like dragons, aliens, at least one explosion, etc.  Book recommendations cover a wide range of ages from toddler through the teen years, so try some of these titles today.

Don’t worry, there are plenty of sites for girl readers too.  Like Empowering Books for Girls, A Mighty Girl, and Scholastic recommendations for girls.

Still having trouble convincing them to read? Why not try a book trailer?  It’s exactly like a movie trailer, but for books.  Drum up some excitement so they know what they’re reading will be action packed, or have dinosaurs, or what have you.  Try sites like Book Trailers for Readers or Slime Kids. You can always search for a particular books title + “book trailer”.  For example, you could type “green eggs and ham book trailer” into the search bar of Google, Bing, Yahoo or another search engine.

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Barbara Kingsolver is an amazing writer, and the staff member who recommended her loves all of her work (except The Poisonwood Bible, but try that too).  We recommend her work, especially Animal Dreams which is a stand alone novel about a woman returning home to confront her past and her distant father.  She finds a town threatened by a silent environmental catastrophe, startling clues to her own identity, and a man who could change the course of her life.  It’s a quick read and the characters will stay with you forever.

Find Barbara’s books in the Catalog

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This month, a new assessment test has been testing in several states that will replace state mandated assessments of student’s learning in English literacy and mathematics.  For NJ, this will replace the NJ ASK and replace it with the PARCC.  The PARCC, which stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is computer based and a new format for students to learn.  The new test is currently being field tested, and will have another round of field testing in May.  It is supposed to replace state tests in 2015, so this is the last year your student will take the NJ ASK.

NJ Spotlight has written an article about it that helps explain April’s field test and some of the concerns with the test.  More information on the test itself and practice exams for your child can be found at PARCC’s website.

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Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!   Although Shakespeare’s exact birth date is not known, scholars do know he was baptized on April 26, 1616 and have traditionally accepted his birthday as April 23, 1616.  Famous for his plays, sonnets and poems, Shakespeare is also responsible for many common phrases we still use today.  “Eaten me out of house and home”, “in a pickle” and “love is blind” are just a few.

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Celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday by checking out one of his famous works.  We’ve got books and DVDs on display now in the main library.