As a graduate of a creative writing program, I know firsthand that poetry does not often get the respect and attention it deserves in the world of reading literature. As poetry is a fantastic way to learn about rhythm, repetition, rhyme, imagery, etc. – elements of which Horning emphasized are important for children’s picture books – it gives kids the opportunity to read poetry that will help their reading and writing mature, and to enjoy both while doing so. The blog Poetry for Children has the tagline “about finding and sharing poetry with young people,” which makes its mission clear: making sure librarians, teachers, parents and young people know about contemporary poetry books. One particularly useful type of post on this blog is the annual Sneak Peek List, a list of bibliographical information of children’s poetry books being published in the coming year. Additionally, this blog is run by Sylvia Vardell, the author of our textbook Children’s Literature in Action, as well as other poetry books, which gives the blog credibility coming from an expert.
As someone who wants to keep up with contemporary literature for all ages but doesn’t know where to start, Big Book Little Book is a “book review blog dedicated to the books we enjoy ourselves and the books we love to share with our children.” This blog is useful for several reasons: it focuses on book reviews, it is organized nicely into easy-to-find categories, and these categories range from picture books and early readers to middle grade, young adult (YA) and adult books. With reviews supplied by an adult, teen and kid bloggers, visitors to this blog will get the unique perspective of a child or teen reviewing picture books/ YA literature that are dedicated to their age group, instead of an adult’s perspective, like with 6-year-old Sienna’s review of a book that is meant for her to learn from and enjoy.
- Books4YourKids (found on Kharissa’s blog)
- Disability in Kid Lit (found on Margaret’s blog)
- Jen Robinson’s Book Page (found on Morgan’s blog)
As Kharissa explain in her blog post, Books4YourKids “is a great blog website for readers looking to get reviews on children’s books.” Similar to both Big Book Little Book and Jen Robinson’s Book Page, Tanya (the creator of the blog) is a mother, avid reader and librarian whose book reviews are organized by grade level, genre and best-of lists, making this site easy to navigate to find apt reviews for kids and teens alike.
Although not directly related to my original choice of blogs, Disability in Kid Lit found on Margaret’s blog is an extremely important resource for kids looking for people like themselves in the books that they read. Similar to how poetry books for kids are not as widely regarded like fiction/non-fiction books are, books with disabled character are rare (although becoming less so). It’s important for kids to have representation in what they read in order to connect, and this blog supplies reviews of books that have just that.
Morgan’s choice of Jen Robinson’s Book Page complemented my choice of Big Book Little Book due to both of the blogs’ mission of reviewing books. With a mile-long list of book reviews separated into categories of picture/board books, young adults books, etc., Jen Robinson is a mom of a 5-year-old and an avid reader willing to review books that “get children and young adults excited about reading.”