The Missouri Reader Vol. 42, Issue 2 | Page 11



"The common theme that seems to have emerged from a number of literacy leaders such as Burkes & Yaris, Fountas and Pinnell and Calkins is that a child is not a level."

A PICTURE Really is Worth a Thousand Words


Julie Bryant and Tamara Samek

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Rasinski, T.V. (2003). The fluent reader, oral reading strategies for building word recognition, fluency, and comprehension. NYC, NY. Scholastic.

Rasinski, T. (2014, November). Tapping the power of poetry. Educational Leadership, V. 72, N. 3, pp. 30-34. Available at

Rasinski, T.V. and Harrison, D.L. (2016). Rhymes for the times, literacy strategies through social studies. Huntington Beach, CA. Shell Education.

Routman, R. (2002). Kids’ poems, teaching kindergartners to love writing poetry. NYC,NY. Scholastic.

Sloan, G. (2003). Give them poetry, a guide for sharing poetry with children K-8. NYC, NY. Teachers College Press.

Vardell, S. (2014). Poetry aloud here, sharing poetry with children. Chicago, IL. Ala editions


Literature Cited or Recommended

Archer, P. (2010). Liberty from Name that dog! Puppy poems from A to Z. Dial books for Young Readers.

Harrison, D.L. (2018). A place to start a family, poems about creatures that build.Boston, MA. Charlesbridge.

Harrison, D.L. (2018). Crawly school for bugs, poems to drive you buggy. Honesdale, PA. Boyds Mills Press.

Levy, C. (1999) A crack in the clouds. NYC, NY. Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Nesbitt, K. (2016). One minute till bedtime. NYC, NY. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Sklansky, A.E. (2010). Out of this world, poems and facts about space. NYC, NY. Knopf.

Wayland, A. H. (2012). How to read a poem aloud, page ix. From Poetry aloud here, sharing poetry with children. Sylvia Vardell (2014). Chicago, IL. ala editions.


David L. Harrison’s 95 books for children and teachers have received dozens of honors, including The Society of Midland Authors award for best children’s nonfiction book of 2016, Missouri Pioneer in Education Award, and Missouri Library

Association’s Literacy Award. His work has been widely translated, anthologized more than 185 times, set to music, inspired plays, and sandblasted into a library sidewalk. David holds two science degrees and two honorary doctorates of letters. He’s Drury University’s poet laureate. David Harrison Elementary School is named for him. His most recent books for children are A PLACE TO START A FAMILY: POEMS ABOUT CREATURES THAT BUILD (Charlesbridge, 2018) and CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS (Boyds Mills Press, 2018). More at,

Peggy Archer writes picture books including poetry, fiction, and non-fiction for children. Her latest poetry collection for

fchildren is NAME THAT DOG! Puppy Poems from A to Z, Dial books or Young Readers 2010. A retired registered nurse and native Hoosier from Indiana, she now lives with her husband in O'Fallon, Missouri where she writes full time. She and her husband have six grown children and fourteen grandchildren. Read more about Peggy and her books on her website at Contact her at [email protected].

Children’s poet, Constance Levy, has been writing poetry since first grade. As a great-grandmother, she continues to explore fresh ways to bring her observations to life in the words, images and music

of her poems. She has been an elementary classroom teacher, adjunct college instructor, guest speaker, Missouri Arts Council Writer in the Schools, and has taught children’s poetry workshops for teachers. Her honors include: Lee Bennett Hopkins Award, Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Award, American Booksellers Pick of the Lists, NCTE Notable Books in the Language Arts, Bank Street College Children’s Books of the Year, and many more. THE STORY OF RED RUBBER BALL (Harcourt, 2004) a poem that grew into a picture book, was named a Junior Library Guild Selection. Levy lives in St. Louis, Missouri and holds AB and MA degrees from Washington University where she was named 2004 Distinguished Alumni in Arts and Sciences. More at