Collaborative Poem Challenge: Celebrate Books, Libraries, & the Earth

Join the fun… contribute to this collaborative poem!

April is for celebrating a lot of my favorite things: National Library Week (April 10 – 16), Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) Month, National Poetry Month and Earth Day. So, what better way to honor all these vital and worthy endeavors (and share some things we’ve learned about them) than to create a collaborative poem about great books that celebrate the Earth!

Think about all the books you’ve read (or listened to) – fiction, non-fiction, reference books, biographies, anything – that inform, entertain and/or celebrate this beautiful planet and all the wild places and plants and creatures that live here with us. Maybe there’s a special childhood story you remember or a field guide that you particularly like, or that big coffee-table National Geographic picture book in your living room, or a Carl Hiaasen novel that made you laugh! Choose a book, and see if you can weave it into our poem below to celebrate all these great April events.

I’ll start the poem, and everyone else can contribute to it by adding lines in the comments section below. Let’s see how creative and informative we can get (keep it clean – this is an all-ages blog!). Here goes:

My friends, near and far, could it be
That you’ve read the great words of Thoreau, Carson or Muir?
Perhaps The Lorax or The Great Kapok Tree
Drew you deep into a story with much allure.

Tell us your tale of a book from your past
That taught you ’bout nature or shaped how you feel
About mountains or trees, or wild things that go fast
And stayed in your heart, be it fiction or real.

Now, add your line or verse in the comments section below… feel free to alter the style or cadence.

I wonder if many teachers or librarians will rise to this challenge?


About Deb Hanson

Always a endless seeker... educator, biologist, dreamer, innovator, mom, wife... Located in Portland, OR.
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2 Responses to Collaborative Poem Challenge: Celebrate Books, Libraries, & the Earth

  1. Michelle says:

    One book comes to my mind before any other,
    I have read it as a child, a teacher, a mother,
    The lesson of love in a most selfless display
    Between a boy and a tree as they go long life’s way

    The tree, he gives all to make the boy smile
    But the boy returns for more and more once in a while,
    Until the tree, at last, gives all he can
    And the boy has grown into a tired old man

    Just like with the Earth, we take and we take,
    Rarely repairing the damage we make,
    Let us begin to keep the Earth Green,
    And practice the love taught by Shel Silverstein.

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