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Updates and National Poetry Month

Hello all!

First off, I’d like to say thank you for reading the blog and taking the time to visit during your day! It means the world to me!

Well after a few weeks of trying some different things I think I’ve finally decided how I want to organize the blog and how I’ll be publishing my posts. My initial posts were kind of randomly timed (in case you didn’t notice…) so now I’m going to posting on a schedule. Hopefully this will help me stay on track with my reviews and make the blog more enjoyable!

So here is how each week will look for bibliobambini:

  • Tuesday – Review of a Picture Book or Early Chapter book review, plus a biblio activities post. I’ve decided to separate the activities from the reviews, as combining them was making the posts very long, now they’ll be in smaller “bite size reading” chunks.
  • Wednesday – Graphic Novel review. If I review a graphic novel aimed at primary school children, I will make a separate post with activities for that novel.
  • Thursday – Juvenile Novel, or YA Novel review. Occasionally I will post activities to go with these books. Usually tweens and teens are not big on structured activities but when I come across something that I think is really great I will definitely pass it along!
  • Friday – Reading Resources post. These will be generic ideas about how to promote reading to your littles, special themes for upcoming posts, special events and giveaways!

Now that I’ve finally got a handle on how I want the blog to run, it’s time to announce our first special theme month! April is National Poetry Month so all of the reviews this month will be, you guessed it, POETRY!

There is so much great poetry and prose out there for young readers and I am so excited to share some of the gems I have come across. Some will be classics, and some will be newer offerings, but all will be a joy to read. The key to poetry is that it is meant to be read aloud, so this is a great way to get both you and your little reading aloud and sharing the gift of poetry.

In Canada, the theme of this years NPM is “The Road”. We all travel down roads, both literally and metaphorically. This theme of journeying and travel can be explored on many levels with your young readers and is a great prompt to start some poetry writing of your own. You can check out more about National Poetry month and events happening in your area here for my Canadian readers, and here for American readers.

You can engage with people on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by tagging your poetry posts with #NPM16. I would love to see all your wonderful poetry adventures this month, so please follow bibliobambini on Facebook and Instagram and tag me in your posts!

So I’ll leave you with a poem by one of the greats to get you starting on your NPM journey! Happy reading!

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Siverstein 
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