McCormick Calkins, Lucy. The Art of Teaching Reading. Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers. New York, NY (2001) Provides creative, research-based approaches re: sparking a love of reading in the hearts of young learners.
_____________________. The Art of Teaching Writing. Heinemann. Portsmouth, NY. Provides creative, research-based approaches re: motivating to become engaged, blossoming writers.
Livingston, Myra Cohn. Poem-making: Ways to Begin Writing Poetry. Harper Collins, New York (1991). A how-to resource that introduces children to the different voices and elements of poetry, from limericks to free verse and open form to haikus.
Kipnes, Claude. The Mime Book. Meriwether Publishers, Colorado Springs, CO Sheds light on the art of mime. Good resource in helping to narration through body movement. Reveals how to use body parts and facial features to show range of expression, and ultimately create anatomical vocabulary.
Koch, Kenneth. Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?: Teaching Great Poetry to Children. Vintage Books, New York (1990). For the leery-about-teaching-poetry instructor, this is a must-have resource! Filled with a variety of poetry different time periods with background info about the poem coupled with suggested classroom applications in the classroom.
Norton, Donna E. Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children's Literature Seventh Edition. Pearson/Merrill-Prentice Hall. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, and Columbus, Ohio (2007). What constitutes a poem? What types of messages can poetry convey? How does this writing form convey emotion? How does it differ from narrative writings? These questions and more are addressed within this extraordinary teacher resource.