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Friday, March 29, 2013

Poetry Friday--"Spring"


It's nearly Easter, and thoughts naturally turn to chocolate and marshmallow. They also turn to thoughts of lengthening days, blossoming trees, warm breezes--in other words, spring!

Here's a poem by William Blake called simply "Spring."
              Sound the flute!
              Now it’s mute.
              Birds delight
              Day and night.
              Nightingale
              In the dale,
              Lark in the sky,
              Merrily,
Merrily, merrily to welcome in the year.
              Little boy
              Full of joy,
              Little girl
              Sweet and small.
              Cock does crow,
              So do you.
              Merry voice,
              Infant noise,
Merrily, merrily to welcome in the year.
              Little lamb
              Here I am
              Come and lick
              My white neck.
              Let me pull
              Your soft wool.
              Let me kiss
              Your soft face,
Merrily, merrily we welcome in the year.

(In Michael Hague's Family Easter Treasury [J 808.8 MIC])

The poem is from Blake's volume called Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Interestingly, we have "A musical illumination of the poems of William Blake," in a three disk set by William Bolcom [CD CLASSICAL BOL], also called Songs of Innocence and of Experience. "Spring" is on disk one.

I'm sure there will be plenty more spring poems today in the Poetry Friday Round-Up. Stop by A Year of Reading to find the links.

Image courtesy Wikipedia.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Attention Booklovers!


I want to introduce you to a addictive site for booklovers--Book Riot: Always Books. Never Boring.

Here's a little from their "About" page:
We’re Different

Book Riot is dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are. So sometimes we are serious and sometimes silly. Some of our writers are pros. Many of them aren’t. We like a good list just as much as we like a good review. We think you can like both J.K. Rowling and J.M. Coetzee and that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both and that you shouldn’t have to choose.

And the only thing we like as much as books is talking about books with other readers. So welcome to Book Riot—you seem like our kind of people.
With an invitation like that, how can you resist?

So, what do you find on Book Riot? I'm glad you asked! The site acts as a blog where many writers post opinion pieces, information, upcoming book release announcements, giveaways, etc.

There are also hundreds of book trailers that function as video introductions to adult, young adult, and children's fiction and nonfiction titles.

There are lists galore! Everything from "Book Riot Readers' Favorite Living Writers" to "The Favorite Foods of Famous Literary Heroines." Every week there is a round-up of "of the best bookish lists floating around the internet." The weekly list is called, "The List List." Here's last week's--"The List List #49."

There's a lot to explore on the Book Riot site. Take a seat and be prepared to spend a few happy hours in a literary stupor!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pterosaurs in the News!

For a creature that lived many million years ago, the pterosaur certainly has been in the news a lot lately!



Another new pterosaur has been discovered, and this one, is much smaller than the one shown above. It's about the size of a crow!

I guess we'll be ordering some new dinosaur titles sometime in the near future, but we have to give the scientists time to write them! Until then, you can read about not-so-recently-discovered pterosaurs in Don Lessum's 2010 book, National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever [J 567.9 LES].

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pigeons

With the invention of the computer, cell phone, and other communication devices, it is easy for people to contact one another. Just 70 years ago, during World War II, this wasn't the case. Back then, the carrier pigeon was still used to carry important messages across distances.

Although 70 years sounds like a long time, it really isn't. Some things, such as undetonated bombs, are still discovered to this day. Not surprisingly, other war-related things turn up from time to time--including carrier pigeons, or what's left of them.



There was some doubt that the code could be broken, but, fairly quickly someone claimed to have done it. Yet, almost as quickly, that claim was disputed. Stay tuned!

If you'd like to read more about pigeons, look for Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird by Andrew Blechman [598.65 BLE]. If you'd like to read more about codes, we have The Book of Codes: Understanding the World of Hidden Meanings: An Illustrated Guide to Signs, Symbols, Ciphers, and Secret Languages [302.2 BOO], which is a general look at cryptography (secret writing). And, if World War II cryptography is an interest, try Battle of Wits: The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II by Stephen Budiansky [940.54 BUD], or some of our other titles on the subject.


Monday, March 25, 2013

New Hampshire Pinned!

If you read this blog with any regularity, you'll know that I'm a Pinterest fan. The Nesmith Library has its own Pinterest account with a number of boards that present items of use and and/or of interest. Some of these boards are Free Online Courses, Ebooks and Electronic Devices, Recommended for Discussion Groups, and Travel Close to Home.

Last week I received a notice that one of my pins on the Travel Close to Home board had been repinned to a board called "New Hampshire," which piqued my interest, so I checked it out.


There is an interesting mix of pins on the board--not just travel destinations--but bits of NH history! I recommend that you take a look at New Hampshire.

This a nice segue into a few of the new NH history books we recently purchased for our collection:
Exeter: Historically Speaking by Barbara Rimkunas [974.26 RIM]. "From scandals and Scotsmen to revolutionaries and river rats, Exeter: Historically Speaking reveals the many different threads with which Exeter's vibrant historical tapestry is woven."

New Hampshire and the Civil War: Voices from the Granite State by Bruce D. Heald [974.203 HEA], "includes brief introductions to each volunteer regiment, accounts of more than one hundred personal letters and an in-depth look at camp life."

New Hampshire Book of the Dead: Graveyard Legends and Lore by Roxie J. Zwicker [929.5 ZWI]. "New Hampshire's historic graveyards, from Portsmouth to North Conway, have bizarre and eerie stories to offer their visitors."



Friday, March 22, 2013

Poetry Friday--Retelling Fairy Tales

The interest in fairy tales comes and gos. The past few years seems to be one of the times when fairy tales are definitely coming, and, perhaps it's safe to say, they've arrived!

In the world of fashion, their appeal is obvious! And, look at the abundance of retold fairy tales in recent films, from Enchanted [DVD ENC] to Snow White and the Huntsman [DVD SNO]. This year we'll be seeing Jack the Giant Killer and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. And, coming up in 2014 will be Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Emma Watson and Cate Blanchett, Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, and possibly Pinocchio directed by magic realism master, Guillermo del Toro.



For poetry lovers, there's Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge [YA KOE]. As the fashion designers have shown us, the dark side of fairy tales has come forward, and so, too, the fairy tales imagined by Ron Koertge have a very dark side. Fear not, however, I found myself also sometimes laughing out loud while reading Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses. The ying-yang approach is particularly appealing to a young adult audience.

Koertge starts the book off like this:
Do you want to sleep? Find another storyteller. Do you want to think about the world in a new way?

Come closer. Closer, please.
I want to whisper in your ear.



I'll share just one short tale/poem today, and urge you to read the whole collection.
The Ugly Duckling

"Hey! Are you fresh off the boat? Did you just
sneak across the border? Is that your hair
or barbed wire? Are you deaf, too, you
ugly son of a bitch?"

With his iPod all the way up, nothing in this
world can touch him. Just over his pulse
is a fresh tattoo--a dotted line and the words
-- -- -- -- -- Cut Here -- -- -- -- --

Grief is a street he skates, down. "Hey,
donkey's ass!" He bides his time, sanding
away his fingerprints, wondering how he
could get all his assailants in one room.

Here a garage, there a squat, beside
the underpass, down by the drainage ditch.
Enough ganja and the trees put their arms
around him as swans emerge

from the angel mist, bow their beautiful
heads and say, "Please don't go away like
that again. We were worried sick."

The Poetry Friday Round-Up this week is being held at GottaBook.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Heist!

Monday marked the 23rd year since the Gardner Museum heist in which priceless works by Degas, Rembrandt, and others were snatched from the walls of the museum. Monday was also the day on which it was announced that the thieves had been identified, but the whereabouts of masterpieces are still unknown. The Gardner Museum has offered a large reward for information leading to the recovery, click here.



For more information about the theft and the pursuit of the criminals, you can read The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft [3M ebook].

This fascinating theft is also the subject of a new novel by Barbara A. Shapiro called The Art Forger [F SHA, also AB/CD SHA], as a matter of fact, the book starts with a plea for assistance in finding the stolen works!

We have placed an order for a documentary film called Stolen. Look for it to arrive within a few weeks.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

When Is Protective Parenting Too Much?

I can't tell you how many stories I've read, or heard about on the radio, that deal with the issue of "helicopter parenting."

According to Dictionary.com, helicopter parenting can be defined:
helicopter parenting
noun Informal.
a style of child rearing in which an overprotective mother or father discourages a child's independence by being too involved in the child's life: In typical helicopter parenting, a mother or father swoops in at any sign of challenge or discomfort.

Origin:
1985–90; so called because such a parent ‘hovers’ like a helicopter

An article by Tim Elmore, a writer and workshop leader whose goal is to "develop emerging leaders under the philosophy that each child is born with leadership qualities," created quite a buzz in February. The article titled "Three Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids…and How to Correct Them," can be read here. To learn about a study which links helicopter parenting to depression, "Hover No More: Helicopter Parents May Breed Depression and Incompetence in Their Children," click here.

Just as you would expect, there are books on the subject of parenting and helicoptering. One, by educator Ron Clark, is The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck: 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers [371.192 CLA]and another is Surviving Your Adolescents: How to Manage and Let Go of Your 13-18 Year Olds by Thomas W. Phelan [649.125 PHE]. For a different cultural perspective on parenting, there is Bringing Up Bebe One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman [3M ebook].

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Children's Toys

Most children have toys. The number of toys they possess varies, usually due to economic status of the family. You can see the differences between children around the world in a project by photographer, Gabriele Galimberti, "Toy Stories." I urge you to take a look. It may lead you to think about the kids in your life and how much meaningless stuff they have been given. Ask them to pick out their "most prized possessions" and you might learn something important about your kids.


Photo courtesy Gabriele Galimberti.

I'll bet you had some prized possessions when you were younger. Think back...the thought of which toy still brings a smile to your face?

Here's a book that celebrates toys as well as activities and games that children have played in the past, The Games We Played: A Celebration of Childhood and Imagination edited by Steven A. Cohen [305.23 GAM]. And, I don't think I need suggest rewatching all three of the Toy Story movies [J DVD TOY]!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Edward Curtis

Edward Curtis was a man who devoted himself to his passion--photography. His life's work was documenting, in photographs, the vanishing Native American tribal peoples.



The reason for a renewed interest in Curtis and his work, is the release, last fall, of Timothy Egan's Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis [770.92 EGA].

The Library of Congress has a collection of 2,400 print, one thousand of which have been digitized and can be seen online here.



We also own a book of Curtis photographs titled, Native Nations: First Americans As Seen by Edward S. Curtis [970.004 CUR].

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Poetry Friday--Gearing Up for National Poetry Month


April, as you probably already know, is National Poetry Month. This year, Gibson's Bookstore is having a special evening based on the Favorite Poetry Project. It will be held on April 8 at 7:00 PM at the store in Concord. Here's what's going to happen:
Everyone who wants to participate should submit a poem to us here at the store, 2-4 weeks before the meeting. We'll put all those poems together into a packet and distribute them to all participants, 1-2 weeks before we meet. These can be famous poems, obscure masterpieces, even your own work. We'll have a great time discussing these poems and what they have meant to us.
Doesn't it sound like fun? Imagine getting together to discuss poetry. How often have you done that since high school? It'll sort of be like high school, but you'll actually want to be there! (And there's no teenage angst!) If you don't live in New Hampshire, perhaps you'd like to do something similiar with your book group, or with a classroom of students, or even amongst your friends and relatives? It wouldn't take too much work. Just gather the poems electronically and send everyone a copy via email. People can then print them off, or read them on their desktop or tablet.

Make sure you visit the Favorite Poetry Project site and watch the videos. If you don't have a favorite poem, browse through Americans' Favorite Poems: The Favorite Poem Project Anthology [808.81 AME], Poems To Read: A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology [808.81 POE], or any one of the gazillion poetry anthologies we have on our shelves. If you're a closet poet, this might be the perfect time for you to come out and share your words with the world!

Here's a personal favorite, and with St. Patrick's Day coming up, I think it's a good choice to end this post:
The Coming of Good Luck
by Robert Herrick

So good luck came, and on my roof did light
Like noiseless snow, or as the dew of night:
Not all at once, but gently, as the trees
Are by the sunbeams tickled by degrees.

Make sure you visit Jone at Check It Out--she's hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up.


Poster courtesy POETS.org.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Watch a Film, Or Two, Or Three

The weekend's coming up, and with a chance of rain or snow forecasted, you may not be going anywhere. Why not borrow a video from our collection of thousands? Or, watch a short film from the PBS Online Film Festival. The Festival is running from March 4 through March 22, so this weekend would be a good time to catch the films.

After you watch, you can vote on your favorite. I don't think it'll come as a surprise that my favorite is "CatCam." What's not to like?

Here's a brief history of short films to get you ready for the PBS Festival:





Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Building Dreams

During the recent school vacation week the library was chock-a-block (pun intended) full of kids at a "Lego® Block Party." Kids of all ages spent the afternoon creating structures using little plastic blocks. Here are two creations:





















I've run several posts on Lego® creations in the past, click here, here, and here.

It's not just kids, however, who create structures out of Legos®. I came across an unusual project in which literature-related settings were re-created in Lego® blocks. Everything from Hogwarts to Moby Dick in the sea! You owe it to yourself to check out the photos on this page.

To say we have a few Lego books in our collection is an understatement--we have LOTS! Here are just two of the most recent: The LEGO Adventure Book. [Vol. 1], Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More! by Megan Rothrock [J 688.72 ROT] and Cool Castles by Sean Kenney [J 688.72 KEN].

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Choose Kind

Isn't it remarkable when a book can make a positive impact on lives! This is the case with a children's book that came out last year and immediately became a "must-read." The book is Wonder by R.J. Palacio [J PAL]. Here's the publisher's description:

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid--but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness”--indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Using Wonder as a catalyst, a tumblr page has been set up to encourage people to join the "Choose Kind" movement in which, "Just one act of kindness can make an impact."



If you don't think that bullying is problem in our schools, I urge you to watch the documentary, Bully [DVD 302.343 BUL], which is in our collection. I think you'll come to realize that "kids will be kids" is not an acceptable excuse for hurtful and destructive behavior.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Statuary Hall

A statue of Rosa Parks was dedicated on February 27 in the U.S. Capitol. Parks is the first black woman to be honored with a full-size statue in Statuary Hall. The dedication came three weeks after what would have been Parks' 100th birthday!



Rosa Parks has been written about extensively, mostly in books for children, as she was such a good example of standing up, or, om this case, sitting down for a principle. Here are a few titles:

Brinkley, Douglas. Rosa Parks. [B PAR]

Dubowski, Cathy East. Rosa Parks: Don't Give In!. [J B PAR]

Freedman, Russell. Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. [J 323.1196 FRE]

Giovanni, Nikki. Rosa. [J B PAR]

Parks, Rosa, with Jim Haskins. I Am Rosa Parks. [J B PAR]

Reynolds, Aaron. Back of the Bus. [JP REY]

I've posted before on Statuary Hall, so, I'll include a link here.

Photo courtesy U.S. Capitol.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Poetry Friday--Elizabeth Barrett Browning


The anniversary of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's birth in 1806 occurred on Wednesday. I don't know about you, but I'm most familiar with her "Sonnet 43," more commonly known as "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..." This poem, oft-read at marriage ceremonies, is a tribute to her husband, renowned poet, Robert Browning. They were married for 15 years until her death in 1861.

I thought I'd share a lesser known, and less weighty poem, with you today. (Dare I say, it's funny?) This one is from Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds, edited by Billy Collins [821 BRI].
Ode to the Swallow

Thou indeed, little Swallow,
    A sweet yearly comer.
    Art building a hollow
    New nest every summer.
    And straight dost depart
    Where no gazing can follow.
    Past Memphis, down Nile!
    Ay! but love all the while
    Builds his nest in my heart,
    Through the cold winter-weeks:
    And as one Love takes flight.
    Comes another, O Swallow,
    In an egg warm and white,
    And another is callow.
    And the large gaping beaks
    Chirp all day and all night:
    And the Loves who are older
    Help the young and the poor Loves,
    And the young Loves grown bolder
    Increase by the score Loves—
    Why, what can be done?
    If a noise comes from one.
Can I bear all this rout of a hundred and more Loves?

My Juicy Little Universe will be hosting this week's Round-Up. I'm happy to see Heidi is back!

Photo by g_kovacs.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

World Book Day!

Today is World Book Day!

Although it is a U.K. based celebration, the organization is attempting to spread the celebration world-wide. And why not? Who doesn't love a book? Even those of the countless many who can't read can find pleasure in flipping through illustrated books. A well-illustrated book can tell a story, or provide instructions to making something!

For parents, the World Book Day site has games to engage your children, lists of literacy information for parents, and book trailers like the following.



The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, as well as other books in the "Narnia" series by C. S. Lewis, are found in our children's room under J LEW.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Happy Birthday!

There are some women for whom March provides a double reason for celebration. The following women have birthdays in March, which is also Women's History Month. I've also included a book, CD, or DVD by, or about, them.

March 4, 1944. Mary Wilson one of the original "Supremes." Diana Ross & the Supremes: The Definitive Collection [CD SOUL ROS].

March 6, 1806. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet. Her poetry is found in Poems to Read: A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology [808.81 POE].

March 9, 1959. Cultural icon, Barbie, debuted in stores on this date. Read about Barbie's inventor, Ruth Handler, in Patently Female: from AZT to TV Dinners: Stories of Women Inventors and Their Breakthrough Ideas by Ethlie Ann Vare [609 VAR].

March 12, 1806. Jane Means Appleton Pierce, NH native and wife of 14th president, Franklin Pierce. Jane Means Appleton Pierce by Deborah Kent [J B PIE].

March 13, 1923. Helen Callaghan, one of the athletes in All-America Girls Professional Baseball League, and known as the "Ted Williams of women's baseball." A League of Their Own [DVD LEA] is based upon the the League. Coincidentally, Callaghan was portrayed in the film by Rosie O'Donnell, whose date of birth is March 21, 1962.

March 15, 1933. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice of the Supreme Court. Read one of her speeches in Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History [808.85 LEN].

March 19, 1881. Edith Nourse Rogers, who was the first woman from Massachusetts to serve in Congress. She ended up serving 35 years. A short profile of her can be found in Women of the Bay State: 25 Massachusetts Women You Should Know [920 WOM].

March 23, 1904 (or 1907--Hollywood wasn't known for its truthiness). Joan Crawford, actress. Not the Girl Next Door: Joan Crawford: A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler [B CRA].

March 27, 1924. Sarah Vaughan, jazz vocalist. Sarah Vaughan's Finest Hour [CD JAZZ VAU].

March 31, 1823. Mary Boykin Miller Chestnut, diarist and letter writer. Ken Burns used the writings of Mary Chestnut in his documentary, The Civil War [DVD 973.7 CIV]; her originals are in A Diary from Dixie [B CHE].



Tuesday, March 05, 2013

New Hampshire Women's Suffrage

New Hampshire is unique among the states in the number of women we have in positions of power in government. Our governor, Maggie Hassan, is a woman. Both of our U.S. senators, and both our congresspersons, are women. In our state legislature we have a fair number of women (24.3%). In the House, there are 97 women out of 400 total. In the Senate, there are 9 out of 24. In 2008, NH had more women state senators than men (you can find a timeline of women in state legislatures here). However, it took nearly 100 years after women won the right to vote for women to achieve such status!

According to the Timeline of Women's Suffrage in the United States, New Hampshire women "lost" the right to vote in 1784. Does this mean that women actually voted prior to 1784? Now there's something to research!

In the NH women's suffrage movement, we had women such as Marilla Ricker who aided the cause. Ricker was the first woman in the state to attempt to vote, which she did in Dover in 1870. She was refused, and her path in the women's suffrage movement was set.

Here's an acknowledgement from A Brief History of the New Hampshire Women Suffrage Association (1907)



Imagine being able to work before the court on Constitutional issues when the Constitution didn't even allow for her to vote and have representation! I trust Ricker was a better woman than I and didn't let it stick in her craw! (You can read a brief profile of Ricker in Women of the Granite State [J 920 WOM].)

In 1907, the New Hampshire Woman Suffrage Association sent a letter to Washington, D.C.



With the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, after 80 years of advocacy, American women were afforded the right to vote in August of 1920.


Monday, March 04, 2013

March Is Women’s History Month

Women have had the right to vote for less than 100 years, and the road to suffrage was long and hard-fought. One hundred years ago, on March 3, 1913, women marched in a massive suffrage parade.

Photo caption:Official program - Woman suffrage procession, Washington, D.C. March 3, 1913. Courtesy Library of Congress.


Photo caption: Inez Milholland Boissevain, wearing white cape, seated on white horse at the National American Woman Suffrage Association parade, March 3, 1913, Washington, D.C. Courtesy Library of Congress.


Photo caption: Crowd on Penn Ave. watching Suffrage parade. Courtesy Library of Congress.


Photo caption: German actress Hedwig Reicher wearing costume of "Columbia" with other suffrage pageant participants standing in background in front of the Treasury Building, March 3, 1913, Washington, D.C. Courtesy Library of Congress.


Photo caption: Front page of the "Woman's journal and suffrage news" with the headline: "Parade struggles to victory despite disgraceful scenes" showing images of the women's suffrage parade in Washington, March 3, 1913. Courtesy Library of Congress.


Here are a few titles dealing with women's suffrage:

The Concise History of Woman Suffrage: Selections from the Classic Work of Stanton, Anthony, Gage, and Harper. [322.44 CON]

Helmer, Diana Star. Women Suffragists. [J 920 HIL]

Kamma, Anne. If You Lived When Women Won Their Rights. [J 324.623 KAM]

One Woman, One Vote. [DVD 324.623 ONE]

Rossi, Ann M. Created Equal: Women Campaign for the Right to Vote, 1840-1920. [J 324.623 ROS]

Ward, Geoffrey C. Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: An Illustrated History. [920 WAR]

White, Linda Arms. I Could Do That: Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote. [J B MOR]

Friday, March 01, 2013

Poetry Friday--Fun

Eve Merriam's poetry for children can be described in one word, FUN! Rather than talk about it, I'll simply let this poem speak for me:
Two from the Zoo

Photo by ecotist.
There is an animal known as a skink,
and no matter what you might happen to think
or ever have thunk,
a skink,
unlike a skunk,
does not stink.
A skink is a skink,
a reptilian slink.

If you go to the zoo
if may be on view
not far from an aye-aye.

Photo by Frank Vassen.
Aye, yes, that's right.
Please take my word
that an aye-aye is not a sailor bird.
It's a bushy-tailed sight
that emerges at night.
Don't be afraid,
it won't start to wander,
it's not in the least
an unruly beast.

Truly
and zooly
two creatures to ponder.

From The Singing Green: New and Selected Poems for All Seasons. [811 MER]
From here, you should head over to The Drift Record where Julie will be playing Poetry Friday Round-Up hostess.