Poetry Friday- Haiku Riddles!

In the midst of this challenging winter, I’m trying to keep warm by surrounding myself with great poetry books.

Lion of the Sky– Haiku by Laura Purdie Salas

LION OF THE SKY: HAIKU FOR ALL SEASONS presents a delightful gift to teachers who want to introduce their young writers to poetry writing and haiku. Author/poet Laura Purdie Salas presents a raft of fun haiku, organized by the four seasons. Each illustrated poem is itself a riddle; it’s a haiku written in the voice of an object or place, making it a mask poem. Readers get to guess what the object is!  Engaging backmatter invites young writers to try the form, which Salas calls “Riddle-ku.” Published by Millbrook in 2019, it’s perfect for a classroom library.

I love this book for its playfulness, the wonderful illustrations by Mercè López, and the way it deepens our appreciation of seasons and invites us to look closer. Happy Friday!

On Fridays, I love taking part in Poetry Friday when I can, where writers share resources about children’s poetry. This week, Mary Lee hosts the Poetry Friday Roundup today at her blog. Check out the celebration of poetry there today!


  1. Thanks so much for sharing, Mary! And this book began as my National Poetry Month project in 2014, when I wrote one a day and shared them on my blog! The poems in the book are completely new, but it was kind of just a challenge to myself to keep my head in poetry, you know? Hope you’re discovering so many lovely poetry books!

  2. Janet F. says:

    Yes to what Mary Lee has said. I love this book. Laura is a terrific poet and full of creativity. Haiku is not as simple as some might think. I am glad we have so many wonderful examples of poetry books from such talented writers to share with our students, our families and enjoy for ourselves.
    Thanks, Mary.

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