April is National Poetry Month, 2013

This varied selection has something for everyone!

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Bananas in My Ears.  Michael Rosen.  Candlewick, 2012.
This collection of nonsense rhymes and riddles is organized into four sections: Breakfast, Seaside, Doctor, and Under the Bed.  Silly and fun to hear and read-aloud.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade



Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems.  Marilyn Singer.  Dial Books, 2013.
If you loved Mirror Mirror you will also love this follow-up.  Again, Singer has crafted
great poems about fairytale characters that make sense both frontwards and backwards.  Masse’s artwork helps bring the poems to life.  Great fun!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade



Forget – Me – Nots : Poems to Learn by Heart.  Selected by Mary Ann Hoberman.  Little Brown, 2012.
A fabulous collection of over 120 poems from a broad range of poets both classic and contemporary perfect for memorization.  Included are poems of varying length and complexity on a wide range of topics.  There is definitely plenty here for everyone.
Delightful illustrations by Michael Emberley.
Read-aloud K-6th grade



I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus.  Jack Prelutsky.  Greenwillow, 2012.
This collection of 100 humorous poems is pure Prelutsky.  His fans will be delighted.
Illustrations by Jackie Urbanovic are a bonus.
Read-aloud K-5th grade



A Meal of the Stars : Poems Up and Down.  Dana Jensen.  Houghton Mifflin, 2012.
A collection of 15 very skinny ( each line is one word) poems on subjects from kite flying to riding a ferris wheel.  Some are meant to be read from the top down and the others from the bottom up.  It’s all about perspective.  Clever and accessible.  Picture book.
Read-aloud 2nd-5th grade



National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: With Favorites from Robert Frost, Jack Prelutsky, Emily Dickinson, and More.  National Geographic, 2012.
Who knew that poetry could be this educational while still being interesting and entertaining?  This is a huge collection full of gorgeous close-up photos of every type of creature.  There is also a short section on writing different types of animal poems.
Read-aloud  All Ages



Outside Your Window :  A First Book of Nature.  Nicola Davies.  Candlewick, 2012.
This collection of poems cycles through the seasons.  The poems inform, inspire and encourage children to explore nature’s beauty.  Beautifully illustrated with mixed-media collage.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-4th grade



Shiver Me Timbers! Pirate Poems and Paintings.  Douglas Florian.  Beach Lane Books, 2012.
These 19 short, rhyming, colorful, gritty poems will delight readers.  They beg to be read-aloud.  Neubecker’s  artwork will also please young readers.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-5th grade



Spot the Plot : A Riddle Book of Book Riddles.  J. Patrick Lewis.  Chronocle Books, 2009.
A girl, a boy and a dog follow the clues through 13 riddle poems about some of our most beloved stories, such as Goodnight Moon, Madeline, Charlotte’s Web, Cinderella, The Polar Express.  Can you name that book?  A fun, interactive read-aloud.
Read-aloud K-4th grade



The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub : Poems About the Presidents.  Susan Katz.  Clarion, 2012.
Katz has written a humorous, witty and informational poem about each of our 44 presidents.  A timeline at the end contains a “first” about each president, such as John Quincy Adams was the first president to be photographed.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade



Seeds, Bees, Butterflies and More! : Poems for Two Voices.  Carole Gerber.  Henry Holt, 2013.
A great and colorful collection of poems about common flora and fauna, written for two voices.  A creative and fun way to learn facts while speaking and hearing the art of poetry.  Beautifully illustrated.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-5th grade




Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems.  Jack Prelutsky.  Greenwillow, 2012.
This very creative collection of poems about imaginary creatures is designed to look like exhibits in a museum.  Certain physical and behavioral characteristics make them seem oddly familiar.  Funny and fascinating.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-5th grade


The Year Comes Round : Haiku Through the Seasons.  Sid Farrar.  Albert Whitman, 2012.
A lovely collection of 12 haiku which follow the months of the year.  More kid friendly  than a lot of Haiku.  Information in the back explains Haiku as a form of poetry.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade
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