Friday, April 10, 2020

Spotlight Friday: celebrating poetry - Tag Your Dreams 4.10.2020

April is National Poetry Month

Join me on Fridays as I share a new poetry book for your collections.  Some may be a book that is a poem, others may be collections of poetry.  All books you'll want to add for {future} readers!

written by Jacqueline Jules
illustrated by Iris Deppe
published by Albert Whitman & Co.

I remember years ago when former First Lady Michelle Obama started her Let's Move! campaign that encouraged 60 minutes of play each day.  Not necessarily organized play - although it could include organized sports - but it's also just get out and move and play with each other!  This poetry book would be perfect companions for some of those forms of play.

When you read these poems, you just want to get up and move!  I love that it celebrates all kinds of play, such as playing clapping games, doing cartwheels in the grass, hiking on trails, playing mini golf, and flying kites.

This book also celebrates persistence.  There are poems about having to try over and over and over again before you can get it right.  There are poems about falling, getting hurt, but getting back up again.  It's great to show young readers that many of us have to repeatedly try something before we can get it right.  If we want something badly enough, we usually have to work at it!

In this day and time when the backyard is our entire playground, this book gives wonderful ideas how to keep moving and playing.  Want a copy to read with your children, your {now} homeschoolers??  Enter the giveaway found below!

Thank you to Barbara at Blue Slip Media for the review copy!

Praise for Tag Your Dreams:
“Jules presents a plethora of possibilities as the theme of children at play provides the structure for a collection of poems that encourage and applaud. . . . Fun and games, with something deeper to think about.” —Kirkus

“If you are looking for lighthearted, joyous, and youthful poems about childhood, this is the perfect selection for your bookshelves.” —Booklist

More about author Jacqueline Jules:
Jacqueline Jules has been writing poems since middle school. Her poetry has been published in over a hundred publications. She is also the author of more than forty books for young readers, including the Zapato Power series, the Sofia Martinez series, and Duck for Turkey Day. She lives in northern Virginia and enjoys giving poetry workshops to students, teachers, and anyone else who loves poetry as much as she does. Visit her online at

* Looking to find one of the books in this post?  Click on the book title and you will be taken to an online link for Brain Lair Books.  The books will stay on the link for approx. three weeks before making room for new reads.  Please support independent bookstores.*

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