Poetry Challenge Week Four: Blackout Poems

 It’s week FOUR of the Weekly Poetry Challenge, and this week is all about blackout poems! A blackout poem is created by taking a block of text—like from a newspaper, magazine, or book—and “blacking out” everything except the words you want. Here’s a blackout poem I wrote: Created using the book MAKE BLACKOUT POETRY by John Carroll Read some black out poems! Here are some blackout poems by author Austin Kleon . Examples of student-created blackout poems . Check out this Pinterest board for more examples. Write a black out poem! When creating your blackout poem, you may to start with a pencil and circle or block around the words you want to keep for your poem. Then, once you’re happy with your poem use a sharpie to black out everything you don’t want. Blackout poetry is a great visual, but you can also type out your poem when you’re done to make it easier to read. Need a little help? Here’s a video by Austin Kleon on how he makes blackout poetry. If you or your kids write blackout poem

Library Treasures: Sharing the Wonders of the Library with Your Little Ones

by Trine Grillo

Do you remember your childhood library? A quiet place. Everyone was welcome to curl up with a book in a peace-filled atmosphere and dream of far away places. Even the children’s reading room had a hush over it. The librarians smiled and whispered. Their feet hardly made a sound as they walked and greeted you among the stacks.

How will your children remember the library? By intentionally setting an example, we instill respect for others who seek a quiet place to rest, read, study or dream. The way we treat the books is the way our kids will treat the books. As we guard the books at home with care and promptly return those which are due, our kids learn what lending means.

Need a couple of books to help you along? Here are some reading and discussion ideas to help you as you share the wonders of the library with your children.

READ: Try to find one or more of these books to read together.

DISCUSS: Talk about good library manners and why they are important.

DO: Go the library and discover its treasures! 

The Shelf Elf by Jackie Mims Hopkins, illustrated by Rebecca Thornburg, has some fun advice and introduces what amazing things a library holds.

When in the library, make this choice,

Always use your quiet voice.

Keep your books clean and neat,

Away from all you drink and eat.

Turn the pages with great care;

Leave them whole without a tear.

If you need to save your place,

Stick a bookmark in that space.

In I.Q. Goes to the Library by Mary Ann Fraser, I.Q. also learns about treasures to be found in a library and how to respectfully enjoy them.

Are there times when we forget to use our library voice? We accidentally tear a page? Or drop the book in a puddle? YES! In Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, the lion and Miss Merriweather can testify to that!

More stories about the wonders of the library:

Lola at the Library and Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Biblioburro: A True Story from Columbia by Jeanette Winter


Mindy Baker said…
Great post, thanks!
Rum Tan said…
The environment in the library is always calm, and everyone is polite and quietly reading books. Libraries are essential components of civilization because they serve as entrances to knowledge and culture. They provide resources and services that promote learning opportunities, encourage literacy and education, and assist in the creation of fresh viewpoints and ideas that are essential to the development of a creative and innovative society. If we start reading good books regularly as children, we will have a fantastic future with less stress. According to me, the local library can make you a better tutor if you read good books daily.