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The 101 Picture Book Challenge: Guess Who, Haiku!

Posted 5 months ago by Patti L

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"Guess Who, Haiku!"

Guess who, haiku! words by Deanna Caswell ; pictures by Bob Shea

Available in Print and eBook.

Guess Who, Haiku” by Deanna Caswell, is a read-aloud for both younger and older children. Younger children will love guessing who the animals are talking about through these easy poems; older children can be introduced to how haikus are written, and perhaps write one of their own! A note at the end of the book explains haikus and offers suggestions for re-reading the book. A delightful book to share with children, part of the 101 Picture Book Challenge!

For more books on haiku, please check out the list below:

Haiku Poetry for Children

Boo! Haiku words by Deanna Caswell ; pictures by Bob Shea

"Boo! Haiku" words by Deanna Caswell; pictures by Bob Shea

A witch, a bat, a skeleton, a jack-o'-lantern, a ghost, a black cat, a spider, an owl, and a scarecrow are all hiding in the pages of this clever Halloween-themed book. Deanna Caswell's playful haiku cleverly hint at the creatures revealed after each turn of the page while Bob Shea's bright illustrations capture the scary silliness.

I Haiku You by Betsy Snyder

"I Haiku You" by Betsy Snyder

Different ways to say I love you, using Haiku.

Also available in eBook.

Cool Melons, Turn to Frogs! : The Life and Poems of Issa by Matthew Gollub

"Cool Melons, Turn to Frogs! : The Life and Poems of Issa" by Matthew Gollub

A biography and introduction to the work of the Japanese haiku poet whose love for nature finds expression in the more than thirty poems included in this book.

Don't step on the sky : a handful of haiku / Miriam Chaikin ; illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

"Don’t Step on the Sky: A Handful of Haiku" by Miriam Chaikin

Haiku about nature.

Guyku : a year of haiku for boys / written by Bob Raczka ; art by Peter Reynolds

"Guyku : A Year of Haiku for Boys" written by Bob Raczka ; art by Peter H. Reynolds

Raczka and Reynolds present a humorous haiku collection perfect for guys (big and small) that celebrates outdoor fun throughout the seasons.

"Haiku! Gesundeit: an Illustrated Collection of Ridiculous Haiku Poetry" by Ross Venokur

"Haiku! Gesundeit: an Illustrated Collection of Ridiculous Haiku Poetry" by Ross Venokur

Humorous haiku for children.

Haiku picturebook for children / text by Keisuke Nishimoto

"Haiku Picturebook for Children" by Keisuke Nishimoto

This picture book introduces children to the Japanese poem know as haiku. The haiku in this picturebook were written by Japanese masters, including Kobayashi Issa, Yosano Buson, Matsuo Basho, Kaga Chiyojo, Masaoka Shiki, Takahama Kyoshi, Matsumoto Takashi, and Hattori Ransetsu.

The Hound Dog’s Haiku and Other Poems for Dog Lovers by Michael J. Rosen

"The Hound Dog’s Haiku and Other Poems for Dog Lovers" by Michael J. Rosen

In simple, haiku poems, about twenty different dog breeds, from the pug to the Dalmatian to the golden retriever, comes with interesting facts about each breed.

Hi Koo! : A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth

"Hi Koo! : A Year of Seasons" by Jon J. Muth

Jon J Muth--and his delightful little panda bear, Koo--challenge readers to stretch their minds and imaginations with twenty-six haikus about the four seasons.

Also available in eBook.

Won Ton: a Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw

"Won Ton : A Cat Tale Told in Haiku" by Lee Wardlaw

A cat arrives at a shelter, arranges to go home with a good family, and settles in with them, all the while letting them know who is boss and, finally, sharing his real name.

Wing Nuts : Screwy Haiku by Paul B. Janeczko

"Wing Nuts : Screwy Haiku" by Paul B. Janeczko

A selection of short, funny poems for kids.

What is the 101 Picture Book Challenge and How Do You Take It?

The 101 Picture Book Challenge is for anyone at any age. Librarians hand picked the titles on the list which includes classics, new titles and everything in between.

To get started, register online. You can track your progress online or if you prefer a paper log booklet, pick one up at your neighborhood Library. The books are organized into categories but you can read the books in any order and at your own pace. When you read all 101 titles, you earn a free picture book (while supplies last).

This is the latest in a series of blog posts exploring some of the things we love about these books.

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