Featured books by Sylvia Vardell

Poetry and children's literature expert Sylvia Vardell has developed a series of anthologies to help educators and school librarians integrate literature (especially poetry) poetry into a standards-based curriculum and to inspire creative use of poetry in the classroom. Here's a sampling of her most popular anthologies for kids in Kindergarten to 8th grade.

Children's Literature in Action: A Librarian's Guide

By: Sylvia Vardell
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

This guide offers an action-oriented approach for sharing books with children ages 5 through 12, planning book-based programs, and collaborating with teachers and families in sharing books and developing literature-based instruction. The contents address seven major genres: picture books, traditional tales, poetry, contemporary realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and informational books.

Poetry Aloud Here 2: Sharing Poetry With Children

By: Sylvia Vardell
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Poetry expert Vardell shows how librarians, teachers, and others can introduce children, ages 5 to 12, to the world of poetry in a way that's meaningful, participatory, and fun. The book offers practical strategies for reading aloud and teaching poetry in both formal and informal situations; details best practices gleaned from years in the field, with numerous suggestions that cross the curriculum from literature to science and math; and includes expanded lists of poems, poet profiles, book-poetry pairings, and other tools useful for programming and collection development.

Poetry Tag Time

By: Sylvia Vardell, Janet Wong
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Poetry Tag Time is a chain of poets and poems that makes language part of a playful game. When a poet is tagged, that poet must write a poem that connects with the previous poem. Part of the fun is the poet’s explanation of the sometimes whimsical “connection” between the two poems. See also the holiday-themed Gift Tag.

The Poetry Friday Anthology (Common Core K-5 edition): Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core

By: Sylvia Vardell, Janet Wong
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

This anthology offers a set of 36 poems for each grade level, K-5 (a poem-a-week for the 9 months of the typical school year). Activities are poem-specific, skill-based, developmentally appropriate for each weekly poem — and that connect to the Common Core standards for poetry instruction. Infuse poem-sharing throughout the day and throughout the curriculum. And don't be surprised if it's a wonderful poem moment that students remember most vividly at the end of the school year!

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science (Teacher's Edition): Poems for the School Year Integrating Science, Reading, and Language Arts

By: Janet Wong, Sylvia Vardell
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

This anthology features 218 poems by 78 award-winning and popular poets, connecting science with reading and language arts. The “Take 5!” activities highlight concepts and topics identified in the Next Generation Science Standards and incorporate the literacy skills identified in the Common Core State Standards.

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