The folks at Wordsong, an imprint of Highlights, remain at the forefront of picture book poetry. Take this fabulous bedtime book by Laura Purdie Salas, for example:
What do toys, boring old kleenexes, clothing, overdue books, toothpaste, toilets, pencils, kitchen utensils, foods, and yard implements do while you’re asleep?
These poems provide answers: toys stage a talent show; markers lie around drying out; paper turns into airplanes; toothpaste, dental floss, and the toilet work through their issues in the bathroom; pencils plunge down the stairs; and one of my personal favorites— the basketball chills in the kitchen sink:
Humor and lively language abound. Matteson’s vibrant and funny illustrations personifying a variety of inanimate objects are a perfect match for the playfulness of Salas’s poems. So much fun! This book is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Write a poem about what your toys or other items around the house do while you’re asleep.
Perform the poems for two voices from the book.
Title: Middle of the Night: Poems from a Wide-Awake House
Author: Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrator: Angela Matteson
Publisher: Wordsong (Highlights), 2019
Ages: Pre-k – 3rd grade
Themes: Bedtime, poetry, imagination
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Looking to get those bedtime wiggles settled for the night? The Middle of the Night: Poems from a Wide-Awake House will delight, bring on some giggles, and provide a little magical realism that’s perfect for nighttime.