For STEM Friday and National Poetry Month we have a new children’s book, A Rocketful of Space Poems chosen by John Foster and illustrated by Korky Paul.
The collection includes poems from the likes of J. Patrick Lewis, Eric Finney, and Judith Nicholls. Many of the poems are not particularly serious, since they are about monsters, witches, magicians and aliens. They allow the reader to “fly into space, drive to the moon, meet an asteroid dog and a flurb blurp, and then play intergalactic Squibble-Ball.” As you can see, the featured poems are highly imaginative but have a science-based foundation underneath. For example:
Space Riddle by John Foster
I used to be a Planet
But I’d a terribLe shock
When they annoUnced
That I was nothing buT
a large lump of rOck.
Korky Paul’s illustrations are wacky and delightful. Each two-page spread has a frame around it filled with fun things to discover.
Pick up A Rocketful of Space Poems today and share a few with young readers for National Poetry Month. Let their imaginations soar!
Related activity ideas:
- Engineering the Perfect Poem by Using the Vocabulary of STEM lesson at ReadWriteThink
- How to write STEM haiku at STEM Friday blog
You might also want to try our related lists at Science Books for Kids:
- 30 Space and Astronomy Books for Kids
- Children’s Books about Galaxies and Stars
- Children’s Books about Planets and The Solar System
- More Poetry Books about Space for Kids
- Science Poetry Books for Kids
Age Range: 7 – 10 years
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Bks (February 15, 2017)
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