Boo Haiku

Boo! Haiku
Deanna Caswell, Bob Shea
Abrams Kids—2016
Ages 3 to 5, Grades P to K

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Halloween haiku? Why not? The author-illustrator duo from Guess Who, Haiku is back with a spooky treat for kids and families.

The idea behind and the execution of Boo! Haiku, a children’s riddle book, both get a strong A+ from me—and my preschooler. It has so many winning elements:

  • bright and graphic illustrations,
  • rhyme,
  • repetitive text,
  • humor, and
  • educational value.

Best of all, it sets its readers up for success. If the haiku clues are a little bit tricky for young ears, kids can use the picture at the bottom of the page to help them solve the riddle. 

Haiku poems are great for young kids because they are a fun way to teach about syllables and patterns. Understanding the sounds within words is a key pre-reading skill, and reading haiku helps kids play with the concept. Even very young children can begin to recognize patterns, and pattern awareness helps kids develop the ability to count and problem solve. That’s no joke!

Can you guess who from his hauku?

Can you guess who from his hauku?

The book ends with an elegant description of haiku and a strategy for teaching kids to identify syllables. 

Are you looking for more fun October ideas for kids? We have plenty of titles and storytime tips in our October gallery.

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