Picture books are the "bread and butter" of library programs and classroom lessons, a natural entry point for sharing stories and developing literacy. Pairing a poem with a picture book can deepen children's understanding of the story's theme or subject or extend their knowledge of the topic. The poem can provide context for the story and vice versa. Nonfiction picture books and poetry may seem an unlikely partnership at first, but these two different genres can complement one another by showing children how writers approach the same topic in very different and distinctive ways through sharing facts and feelings in BOTH genres. In addition, children will see that they can learn a lot of information from both a poem and a work of nonfiction. This simple exposure to two works of literature (picture book + poem) on the same subject reinforces comprehension and understanding. It can even lead to a "compare and contrast" discussion as we help children make those cross-genre connections between poetry and fiction or poetry and nonfiction. Practically speaking, it doesn't take long to read a poem, but the impact can be very strong. That's the beauty of poetry-it appeals to both the ear and the heart. When combined with a beautifully illustrated and powerfully written picture book, the eye and mind are engaged, too. This poster session will present a quilt of examples of picture book and poetry pairs, as well as simple strategies for sharing poetry and research citations that support this practice.
This presentation is ideally suited to the visuals of the poster format because picture book covers and full text poems can be presented together for easy visual reference. We'll share examples of contemporary, award-winning, and diverse books that are high quality and appealing selections for storytime programs and offer physical postcards with printed poems to take away. In addition, we'll make a digital version of this poster presentation available online after the conference.
Princeton, New Jersey