Want to share a children’s picture book for National Haiku Writing Month? Rain by Anders Holmer is a lovely choice.
The picture book is a collection of haiku, each celebrated by a two-page spread of sometimes dark, sometimes humorous, and sometimes hopeful illustrations.
The topics of the haiku are not simple ones. For example, regarding a forest fire:
Beneath the ashes are
seeds for a new forest that
might burn someday too
Adults might shy away from the dark illustrations and/or the darker topics for children, but it is actually offers much to explore and consider.
Rain will appeal to both nature lovers and budding poets. Pull it out for haiku month or for any rainy day.
Perfect to accompany a lesson on writing haiku, such as this one from Scholastic (scroll down for reproducible “What is Haiku”).
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (October 9, 2018)
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