Category Archives: Nature



Each season is introduced with a rhyming couplet. 

Followed by acrostic poems that inspire wonder about the seasons.

Illustrations bring readers into this seasonal world. 

This story promotes creative components of imagination, originality, nature, and flexible thinking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the poems are written in kid-friendly language that shows originality about a commonly written topic. 


POEMS by: Caroline Pignat

ILLUSTRATOR: Francois Thisdale

PUBLISHER: Red Deer Press, 2018


TOPIC(S): changing seasons, poetry

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, flexible thinking, originality, nature


1) What is your favorite season? Using your senses, make a table-list of things that show that season. 

SEASON: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer


From your table-list, pick words to create an image of your season by drawing a picture and “hiding” your words in your picture.

2) Seasons change and so do you. Think about what new things you learned or did during the last year. What new thing(s) did you learn or do in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall? 

3) An acrostic poem is where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a word. Pick a seasonal word to write an acrostic poem.


To learn more about poet Caroline Pignat, visit:

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Guess Who, Haiku

Guess Who, Haiku”

Guess Who, Haiku is a playful poetic guessing game.

Each haiku offers clues about different animals such as a cow, bird, horse, and dog for readers to guess.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, creative thinking skills, and a different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I am a big fan of haiku and solving riddles. These haiku riddles challenge readers to see traditional animals in a different way. Additionally, I love the adorable animal illustrations.

TITLE: Guess Who, Haiku

AUTHOR: Deanna Caswell


PUBLISHER: Abrams Appleseed, 2016


TOPIC(S): poetry, riddles

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, creative thinking skills, different perspective


1) Write a riddle. Describe the object and what it can and/or cannot do. Here’s an example. I come in different colors and sizes. I am full of holes but I still hold water. What am I?

2) Make a list of springtime items. From your list, write a springtime haiku. When writing Haiku, the first line is 5 syllables, the second line is 7 syllables, and the third line is 5 syllables. 


To learn more about author Deanna Caswell, visit:

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Chilly Da Vinci

“Chilly Da Vinci”

Chilly did not do penguin things. He built things that did not work.

When Chilly’s invention accidentally breaks a chunk of ice off from the Vinci colony, 

he needs to prove to himself and the other stranded penguins that he has what it takes to be a good penguin.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, taking risks, and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I am a big fan of Leonardo da Vinci’s and as such, I really enjoyed seeing J. Rutland’s perspective and how he introduces Da Vinci to young readers through a humorous story about a penguin taking risks despite failure.  

TITLE: Chilly Da Vinci

AUTHOR: J. Rutland


PUBLISHER: NorthSouth Books, 2019


TOPIC(S): penguins, inventing, a nod to Leonardo da Vinci

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, taking risks, humor


1) Research a scooter or skateboard. How might you change its design to improve its function? Additionally, what other functions can a skateboard or scooter perform or what else can it be?

2) Play with ice cubes and popsicle sticks or toothpicks. What can you make?

3) Look at one of Leonardo da Vinci’s invention designs. How might that invention be used today?


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