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Jumping Off Library Shelves Hardcover – 24 Sep 2015
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The title of this book of 15 poems will immediately grab the attention of teachers and librarians. All together, the listing of titles in the table of contents forges a lyrical look at what libraries mean to individuals. Many of the poets are well-known in children’s literature, and the poems are personal and heartfelt. The page composition and text placement add playfulness, while the gouache-and-pencil illustrations are buoyant and imaginative. Wispy backgrounds and splotches of color add ebullience. Hopkins, a master anthologist, has compiled an excellent collection The overall effect is an endearing accolade for fellow book and library mavens.” Kirkus Reviews
This delightful illustrated collection celebrates libraries and their diverse offerings and opportunities (e)nchanting gouache-and-pencil illustrations range from whimsical to sweet, like cozily sharing a book à deux, snow falling outside. Honoring libraries as places and resources that can inspire joy, learning, and imagination, this is charming all around.” Booklist
Fifteen poems by writers including Nikki Grimes, J. Patrick Lewis, Alice Schertle, and Jane Yolen sing the praises of libraries and reading . [A] quiet, focused collection, one that will certainly find a home in libraries and in the homes of those who love them.” Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Jane Manning: Jane Manning is the illustrator of dozens of children's books, including the I Can Read Book Baa-Choo! by Sarah Weeks and the New York Times bestselling The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches by Alice Low. She lives in Deep River, Connecticut.
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Morning pours spoons of sun
through tall windows, rests along
a reading chair, a copper rail;
hovers over crumbs, small supper scraps
left by those who opened books
last night, to live in story.
Not only is this a warm welcome (love those "spoons of sun"), but as a reader, I feel assured of an extraordinary experience.
Everything about this anthology IS extraordinary, from the star-studded poet line-up (including Nikki Grimes, X.J. Kennedy, J. Patrick Lewis, Alice Schertle, and Jane Yolen, among others) to the imagination and soft, dreamy quality of Jane Manning's exquisite gouache and pencil illustrations.
JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES captures the joy of reading. It thrills in the excitement of walking through library doors– "the sweet kingdom of story" as Nikki Grimes describes it, the enchanting lure of stacks upon stacks of books, and the superpowers of owning a library card. It celebrates the generous spirit of librarians, the "quiet weight of words" per Deborah Ruddell, and helps us to feel warm, snuggly, and peaceful with our favorite books... like this one.
Just one reading was enough for me to give it "one-of-my-all-time-favorites" status. I wouldn't be surprised if you have the same response.
Fall into the magic that awaits you, while you wrap yourself in the coziness of a good book. From morning to night, there are adventures everywhere. Your library is a refuge, a safe haven, or a magical ship that takes you on a journey to far away lands. At the end of the day, use your book as a pillow and dream of the many adventures and stories you’ve heard.
Perfect for librarians and teachers, Jumping Off Library Shelves, can excite students and readers to explore the magic hidden within the shelves at their local library, or their school library. This book hits all the marks, it can be read as a story at home, read out loud in the library, used in the classroom for discussion or, as an educational tool on poems.
* review originally published in Dixon Independent Voice Newspaper column- For The Love of Books