Thursday, April 30, 2015

Are you celebrating DIA, today and everyday?

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. 

We're celebrating! As proud supporters of Día! Diversity in Action, Peachtree Publishers will offer 40% discount to Día participants purchasing Spanish and bilingual titles. Call 1-800-241-0113, ext. 126 to place your order. For a complete list of our Spanish and bilingual titles, visit http://bit.ly/1HZH9gd


Need ideas for your Día program? Find booklists, planning tools, coloring, Book Club Toolkits and activity sheets and more, right here, and all of Peachtree’s Book Guides here

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

DIY: Poem in your Pocket Day Display

Hey Guys!

(Or should we say poets and artists?)

In honor of National Poetry Month's upcoming Poem in your Pocket Day (TOMORROW, APRIL 30TH), Peachtree Publishers wanted to show you all how we decided to celebrate and at the same time teach you how to make a perfectly poetic poetry project (Alliteration ftw!). Here's a great Do-It-Yourself idea!



Supplies


Tri-fold Display Board
1 pack of multi-colored construction paper
Jean Pocket template
Stickers
Writing utensils (Markers, Color pencils, Crayons, etc.)
Scissors
Glue
Set of cherished poems

Instructions

1.       Using the Jean Pocket template, print 12 pockets and cut them out separately.
2.       Lay out your Tri-fold board.
3.       Next, glue down pockets to board in three parallel rows. Remember to only glue the sides and bottom of the pockets down so there can be space for the pockets to open at the top.
4.       With your writing utensils, copy some of your favorite poems onto the sheets of construction paper.
5.       Then, fold these sheets in half length-wise.
6.       Adorn the sheets with stickers and other doodles.
7.       Once done beautifying your poems, slide the folded sheets into the pockets on the board. You may choose to leave a pocket with blank paper and markers for others to write their special poems.
8.       Finish by adorning the pockets and display with your remaining stickers and other fun doodles.
9.       Enjoy sharing your poems! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

National Poetry Month: Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse

Hey Guys!

We’re sure that by now you know all about the big news…it’s NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!!!

via www.writersblock.lofts.org

All of April has been a wonderful celebration of alliteration and assonance, metaphor and meter, voice and verse. With the month almost at its end, Poem in your Pocket Day is fast approaching! Do you have your #pocketpoem folded up and ready to go?

Well, seeing how such an exciting day is headed our way, we here at Peachtree Publishers thought why not introduce our poetic present?



Random Body Parts:Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse, written by Leslie Bulion and illustrated by Mike Lowery, incorporates witty and nimble verse about body parts paired with whimsical drawings that are both informative and fun!



Bulion makes learning a game as each poem poses a puzzle in verse (with a sly wink and a nod to Shakespeare) and provides hints for uncovering the body part in question.


This book is not simply heads, shoulders, knees, and toes though. Sidebars further educate readers about the anatomical subject in question, while appended notes offer a crash course on poetic form and a few facts about the Shakespearean works that inspired the verses. 


Why not pick up a copy of Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse from your local bookseller or local library and make your Poem in a Pocket Day both educational and fun? Here are some creative ideas to get you started!


Poem in your Pocket Day Ideas

Visit the Academy of American Poets  to download poems and get started
Add an poem to your email footer
Write a poem on the back of your business card
Text a poem to a friend
Visit Read.Write.Think for suggestions
Visit the 811 section of your library for books on poetry
Create artist trading cards, but add poems! And then trade with friends.

via www.daysoftheyear.com
Have fun, take plenty of pictures, and don't forget to use the hashtags #pocketpoem and #ppsquared2015 (Peachtree Publishers Pocket Poems) to tag your photos on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to get creative and share your favorite poems all around! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

This Day in History: Reaching the North Pole

Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole chronicles the 18 year journey to reach latitude 90° North. After thousands of bitter-cold miles, African-American explorer Matthew Henson, Admiral Robert Peary, and four Inuit men complete the last leg of their grueling journey on April 6th, 1909.  They reached the North Pole.


School Library Journal calls this a "strikingly illustrated illustrated picture book" which "tells of the life of a man whose achievements were, until recently, largely overlooked."  Many know the story of Robert Peary's 1909 expedition, but few realize that Matthew Henson, was more than Peary's assistant. He was vital to the expedition. Henson was born just after the Civil War when few opportunities were available for black people. This brief biography brings life to a great but under-recognized figure from America’s past, perfect for ages 6-10.   

Celebrate their discovery on April 6th by visiting your local library and sharing it with the young reader in your life. Read on for more information.

Peachtree will be releasing a Paperback version in the Fall!