Tag Your Dreams: Poems of Play and Persistence By Jacqueline Jules & Iris Deppe

Back of Book: 

Whether just trying out for the team or reaching for the Olympics, there’s something for every reader in this playful poetry collection! From baseball, basketball, and football to double-dutch, mini-golf, and turning a cartwheel, these poems look at facing fears, dreaming big, and never giving up. This well-rounded collection explores sports and plays across all abilities and backgrounds.

My Review:

I received a copy of this picture book from Blue Media Press in exchange for an honest review

April is National Poetry Month and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate it than reading this wonderful book of poetry. Jacqueline Jules has a true gift for blending words in a way that makes them jump off the page. Her use of figurate language adds layers of depth to each poem. Jacqueline showcased poems including inclusion, perseverance, empathy, and many other themes throughout the book. Each poem can stand on its own, or together. I also loved her use of action words in her descriptions of both structured and unstructured play. The illustrations by Iris Deppe are whimsical and beautifully match each poem. I loved her attention to detail and color. This is a perfect book to share in a classroom setting. The book is perfect to create a unit study about poems and movement. 

Ages 6 and up

40 Pages 

Jacqueline Jules has been writing poems since middle school. Her poetry has been published in over a hundred publications. She is also the author of more than forty books for young readers, including the Zapato Power series, the Sofia Martinez series, and Duck for Turkey Day. She lives in northern Virginia and enjoys giving poetry workshops to students, teachers, and anyone else who loves poetry as much as she does. Visit her online at jacquelinejules.com.

Jules presents a plethora of possibilities as the theme of children at play provides the structure for a collection of poems that encourage and applaud. . . . Fun and games, with something deeper to think about.” —Kirkus

“If you are looking for lighthearted, joyous, and youthful poems about childhood, this is the perfect selection for your bookshelves.” —Booklist

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