Our final session in Gathering Readers, a book club for young readers that I initiated here in Singapore was all about poetry! 🙂 The session was actually Friday of last week, but I was not able to find the time to blog about it during the day itself. Here are some of the photos taken during our poetry session:

I had quite a number of books spread out – and the kids were asked to choose the book of poetry which ‘spoke’ to them – they are to read the book and share what they loved most about it with everyone.

Lovely smile of 7 year old Madilyn
Abraham hunched over a book
Kyle unabashedly shared that he enjoys poetry – my kind of boy!
9 year old Sophie reading through her selection

The kids were given a bit of time to go over the books – I had around 15-18 titles for the 8 book club members to choose from – mostly from the libraries, whereas the other titles were from my own collection. Then I asked them to introduce the book to the rest of the group.

Sophie shares her book choice: I Want to Be Free by Joseph Slate, illustrated by E. B. Lewis.

Jason chose Michael Rosen’s Book of Nonsense.

Here is Madilyn avidly sharing about Jack Prelutsky’s Scranimals illustrated by the inimitable Peter Sis.

Bobby shared Ellen Stern’s I Saw a Bullfrog.

Abraham was tickled by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s Science Verse

This is me talking about Shel Silverstein’s Don’t Bump the Glump.

My 10 year old daughter, Myka, chose Shel Silverstein’s Every Thing On It.

She wanted to read the poem Garlic Breath out loud.

I also shared with them the Newbery honor book Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman. I thought that it would be cool to have the kids read aloud in two voices to welcome the New Year!

This is me intensely coaching the two boys how to read Fleischman’s poems. I was so happy to have found this helpful link from rbk12blog.com that allowed us to listen to audio clips of the poems being read aloud. It gave the kids some idea of what I was expecting from them.

This is Bobby and Madilyn practicing their lines.

Before we had our actual presentation, we had a few minutes break, and we also wrapped up our discussion of our supposed-featured novel for our book club: The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Snack Time!
As our fellow blogger, Jama Rattigan shared in her previous Poetry Friday post: "Food, glorious food!"
The handsome Kyle wearing his Gathering Readers shirt

Here are some photos from their actual presentation from Joyful Noise:

Sophie and Myka were partners. They chose to read "The Digger Wasp"
Madilyn and Bobby were partners. They read "Honeybees."
Abraham and Andy read "Water Boatmen"
Kyle and Jason read "Water Striders."

I also took a video clip (which I managed to edit using iMovie, yay!) which featured fragments of the poetry that the children read. Hope you enjoy it! Do bear with the camera movements since I had some of the kids help out and be the ‘director’ while the poems were being read aloud. It was truly a joyful experience doing this book club with the kids. Until the next adventure!

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

6 comments on “Gathering Readers Makes Joyful Noise!

  1. LOVE to see kids loving books, especially poetry. My eyes immediately halted over what had to be a Sis illustration as I scrolled down, and indeed it was!


  2. What a lot of work you did for these kids, including your daughter of course. They looked so happy. And I loved hearing the voices, & seeing the ‘directors’, I guess. I have had my poetry groups write poems for two voices & they enjoyed the challenge very much. I imagine you are sorry the group is ending.


    • Hi Linda, yes, it is indeed bittersweet. Most of the parents were asking whether we’d continue til this year, but we shall see how my schedule works out. Admin work is literally killing off my brain cells.


  3. Looks like a fun and worthwhile project! Nicely done 🙂


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