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While April’s  National Poetry Month is now behind us, school libraries and classrooms can still celebrate poetry and spring with a dive into children’s poetry books.  Consider highlighting children’s haiku books.

Please permit me to recommend my late mother Sydell Rosenberg’s H IS FOR HAIKU, which the National Council For Teachers of English honored in 2019 as a “Notable Poetry Book.” Would you mind spreading the word to your colleagues?

As you know haiku is the smallest form of poetry, but arguably the most expansive — the form conveys so much in so few words. I consider it poetic mindfulness for kids and the adults in their lives.

Haiku engages all our senses to find bits of magic in daily life – in those ordinary things we might otherwise overlook. I like to say that haiku poetry captures “nature in nuggets.” This makes the form ideal for kids.

Syd was a NYC ELA teacher, so H IS FOR HAIKU has a sometimes gently sly urban tone. Squirrels, street cats, sparrows, pigeons — all are fodder for haiku.

Syd was a charter member of the Haiku Society of America in 1968 in NY, and I’m a member today. Syd immersed herself in the writing, study and practice of haiku and related forms for more than three decades. The haiku community is global, generous, diverse and inclusive.

The publisher is Penny Candy Books, started by two poets. The amazing illustrator is Sawsan Chalabi. I wrote the introduction – www.pennycandybooks.comwww.schalabi.com

I have been overwhelmed by the accolades this book has gotten since its release in 2018. H IS FOR HAIKU is available everywhere. I will be happy to share the PDF via Dropbox.

Have a haiku spring, filled with bits of magic!

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Humanities in Class Digital Library

The National Humanities Center has launched the Humanities in Class Digital Library, an Open Education Resource (OER)-based repository that collects and combines the best in humanities scholarship and education for use in the K-12 and collegiate classroom. Scholars share their research in a variety of forms (video lectures, primary source collections, essays, articles, etc.), and educators submit any type of instructional resource (lesson, activity, assessment, research, essay, guide, etc.). Members can modify and remix these materials as well as publish their own resources with direct citation. In addition to NHC materials, numerous organizations from all humanities disciplines have also contributed resources – including the National Council for Teachers of English, the Jane Austen Summer Program at the University of North Carolina, and the Huntington Library in Pasadena.

No funding is required. Membership is free, and the HICDL connects seamlessly with Google Classroom and most Learning Management Systems. All materials are free and come with Creative Commons open license. The HICDL is quickly becoming a makerspace for humanities education innovation with new members and resources being added daily.

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