Firefly July

Firefly July

This week, I received the entries for the Poetry Celebration at ML’s school.  The Friends of the Library is self-publishing a book of poetry from entries received using Lulu.  Families can purchase the book, and copies will be purchased for the school library.  I’m glad I’m not the one choosing the standout poems.  I read the entries.  Impressive!

Recently, the library received a new poetry book Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.  From the crisp title page to the bibliography acknowledging where the poems were first published, this book is a pleasure.

ML’s poem for the celebration was a rhyming, whimsical Dr. Seuss type poem.  I look forward to using the short poems in Firefly July as a way to show her poetry doesn’t have to rhyme.  Poetry is creative, descriptive and follows no rules.  After spring break, I’ll expand on the Pocket Poem idea;  surprising ML with a poem from Firefly July in her lunchbox.

We love Melissa Sweet’s artwork.  She illustrated our favorite picture book from 2013… Little Red Writing.  The depth of her mixed-media illustrations intrigue.  Our favorite illustration… the full page burst of yellow, with an orange cat, daisies and buttercups.

The final page shows a young girl asleep under a quilt.  While exploring the quilt,  we recognized a patch of striped fabric from a snowman’s scarf in one of the winter illustrations.  Then, we discovered illustrations and patterns on the quilt are hiding throughout the book… the ship, the phases of the moon, a robin, a dragonfly, and a multitude of fabric patterns.  There were a few patterns we’ve yet to find.  We’re certain they are hiding out somewhere in the book.

The first “Lunch Box Poem” for ML from page six in the collection…


Rain beats down,
roots stretch up.

They’ll meet
in a flower.

-Raymond Scouster