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National Poetry Month (Kids)

April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate while sharing these great selections with your family.

Pizza, pigs, and poetry : how to write a poem by Jack Prelutsky

Featuring personal anecdotes and an abundance of information, a humorous guide, filled with poetry exercises, ideas, projects, and pointers, teaches readers how to write poetry

The Bill Martin Jr. big book of poetry

The definitive anthology of children's poetry with beautiful illustrations

A child's introduction to poetry by Michael Driscoll

Here's a little poem : a very first book of poetry

Collects poems from the English-speaking world, including those by such notable authors as A.A. Milne, Jack Prelutsky, and Robert Louis Stevenson

Voices of justice : poems about people working for a better world by George Ella Lyon

"A bold, lyrical collection of poems with gorgeous illustrations that highlight some of the most celebrated activists from around the world"--

No more poems! : a book in verse that just gets worse by Rhett Miller

Shares humorous poems about such subjects as disco baths, sneaky sisters, nose hairs, and wanting a dog.

I'm the big one now! : poems about growing up by Marilyn Singer

A collection of poems celebrates growing up, from learning new skills and going new places to holding a new sibling and getting big-kid teeth.

Clackety track : poems about trains by Skila Brown

A collection of poems celebrates trains, describing the different types of trains, working in a train yard, and the joy of railroad travel.

I am someone else : poems about pretending

Celebrated poet Lee Bennett Hopkins shares a diverse collection of poems that ask (with the help of Newbery medalist Lois Lowry, former US Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, and others), "Who do you want to be?" Kids can imagine pretending and dressing up in this playful poetry collection, flexing their creative muscles and bucking stereotypes. (Who says that girls can't be knights and boys can't be mermaids?) Fifteen poets write about who they might like to be, musing what life would be like as a wizard, a firefighter, a video-game inventor, and more. "There is nothing better than being yourself. You are unique and special in every way. Once in a while it might be fun to think about becoming someone (or something!) else. Who would you like to be? Imagine that you're someone else!" --Lee Bennett Hopkins

A songbird dreams of singing : poems about sleeping animals by Kate Hosford

Presents a collection of poems about animal sleep habits.

I remember : poems and pictures of heritage

A collection of works by poets and illustrators of diverse backgrounds sharing memorable childhood and family experiences and reflecting on their different heritages, traditions, and beliefs.

The day the universe exploded my head : poems to take you into space and back again by Allan Wolf

Creative nonfiction poetry combines humor, creative imagery, and illustrations to explain topics in astronomy and other space sciences

The undefeated by Kwame Alexander

"The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree"--

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Discovering a book of Langston Hughes' poetry in the library helps Langston cope with the loss of his mother, relocating from Alabama to Chicago as part of the Great Migration, and being bullied

Vivid : poems & notes about color by Julie Paschkis

A collection of poems celebrates the art and science of color.

Feel the beat : dance poems that zing from salsa to swing by Marilyn Singer

Collects poems about various types of social dance, from samba and salsa to tango and hip-hop, with an accompanying audio disc featuring the author reading the poems set to the music for each dance.

One last word : wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes

"In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance -- including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era -- by combining their work with her own original poetry. Using "The Golden Shovel" poetic method, Grimes has written a collection of poetry that is as gorgeous as it is thought-provoking. This special book also includes original artwork in full-color from some of today's most exciting African American illustrators, who have created pieces of art based on Nikki's original poems. Featuring art by: Cozbi Cabrera, R. Gregory Christie, Pat Cummings, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Nikki Grimes, E. B. Lewis, Frank Morrison, Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls, James Ransome, Javaka Steptoe, Shadra Strickland, and Elizabeth Zunon. A foreword, an introduction to the history of the Harlem Renaissance, author's note, poet biographies, and index makes this not only a book to cherish, but a wonderful resource andreference as well"--

When green becomes tomatoes : Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano

"A book of poetry moving through the seasons"--

If It Rains Pancakes : Haiku and Lantern Poems by Brian P Cleary

Celebrates everyday things in poems which demonstrate the haiku and lantern forms

Good sports : rhymes about running, jumping, throwing, and more by Jack Prelutsky

Me I am! by Jack Prelutsky

A celebration of individuality and diversity that follows three very different children--a tomboy who hates frilly dresses, an artistic ballerina, and a nature-loving boy--as they come together in an unexpected way

Once I ate a pie by Patricia MacLachlan

Thirteen dogs tell their stories in simple poems.

Science verse by Jon Scieszka

When the teacher tells his class that they can hear the poetry of science in everything, a student is struck with a curse and begins hearing nothing but science verses that sound very much like some well-known poems

Where the sidewalk ends : the poems & drawings of Shel Silverstein. by Shel Silverstein

A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.

Falling up : poems and drawings by Shel Silverstein

A collection of humorous poems and drawings

A pizza the size of the sun by Jack Prelutsky

A collection of humorous poetry on a variety of topics
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