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Poetry Books for Children - Preschool through Grade 3 KEYWORDS: RELATED: Single Authors

Poetry is a great way to explore an object, topic, or theme. With a little guidance, readers will recognize the forms of poetry, such as narrative or free verse, as well as the elements of poetry, such as imagery, figurative language (for example, metaphor or personification) and rhythm, rhyme, and repetition. Whether read alone or in a group, poems are best read aloud!

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Animal Poems

“Ms. Worth brilliantly employs all aspects of the poet’s craft.” – The New York Times Book Review Each of the exquisite twenty-three poems in this...

"...“Ms. Worth brilliantly employs all aspects of the poet’s craft.” – The New York Times Book Review Each of the exquisite twenty-three poems in this.... “Ms. Worth brilliantly employs all aspects of the poet’s craft.” – The New York Times Book Review   Each of the exquisite twenty-three poems in this posthumous collection by Valerie Worth carefully distinguishes one animal from all other creatures and captures it in all of its wonderful singularity – from wasp to snake to wren. The ..."

By Steve Jenkins and Valerie Worth

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Don't Forget Your Etiquette!

The Essential Guide to Misbehavior

If you’re smart, you’ll read my book Of modern children’s etiquette. If you don’t, I’m sad to say – Your life will be pathetiquette. Meet Miss...

"...!. "Exuberant."  --Kirkus Reviews   "Clever.  This book will tickle children's funny bones."  --School..."

By David Greenberg and Nadine Bernard Westcott

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"A quick but complex taste of a quick but complex poet . . . This small tribute effectively captures a sense of Dickinson's precise language and wide-open...

Jeanette Winter Jeanette Winter

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Father Fox's Christmas Rhymes

A cozy collection of holiday verse Who is that knocking at the door? It’s old Father Fox with surprises galore! Licorice & lollipops, lemons &...

By Clyde Watson and Wendy Watson

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George Washington's Teeth

A tongue-in-cheek dental history of our first President "Poor George had two teeth in his mouth The day the votes came in. The people had a...

"...." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews " Illustrator Cole is at his absolute best here, totally at ease with the human..."

By Deborah Chandra, Madeleine Comora and Brock Cole

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Grace for an Island Meal

Bless this board and bless this bread. Bless this skylight overhead through which any eye may see wheeling gull and blowing tree. One morning in Maine,...

By Rachel Field and Cynthia Jabar

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Me I Am!

I am the only ME I AM who qualifies as me; no ME I AM has been before, and none will ever be. Three very different children reveal their individual...

"...  “A celebration of creativity.”  --Publishers Weekly   "Cheerful."  --Kirkus Reviews   “The poem comes..."

By Jack Prelutsky and Christine Davenier

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The Moon

So begins Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous poem The Moon. Now Tracey Campbell Pearson takes readers on an illustrative late-night adventure set to this text in...

"...discovery."  --Kirkus Reviews..."

By Tracey Campbell Pearson and Robert Louis Stevenson

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My Brother Bert

Bert’s little sister knows that he loves to bring home pets and hide them in his room, and her curiosity about what is going on in there has been building and...

"...and funny new interpretation of Ted Hughes’s classic poem.. “Good fun.” —Kirkus Reviews “Full of action..."

By Ted Hughes and Tracey Campbell Pearson

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My Feet Are Laughing

My name is Sadie and I live in Harlem with my mother and my little sister, Julie. Sadie likes living in her grandmother’s brownstone, where she has her...

"...around her.. "Sure to make readers' feet laugh."  --Kirkus Reviews   "Love, joy, and the courage..."

By Lissette Norman and Frank Morrison

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Some from the Moon, Some from the Sun

Poems and Songs for Everyone

A charming book of children's rhymes by the Caldecott Medalist. I'm the king of the castle, Get down, you dirty rascal! There she goes, There she...

Margot Zemach

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Speak to Me

(And I Will Listen between the Lines)

Six voices from an inner-city classroom In a series of candid free-form poems, Karen English presents the thoughts of six third-grade children in one day...

"...." Starred, Kirkus Reviews "English's rich descriptions and insights bring readers into the world of six..."

By Karen English and Amy June Bates

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Summertime Waltz

A poetic interpretation of the summer evenings of childhood Lovely the lateness in summertime darkening. Dinner is over. The grownups are...

By Nina Payne and Gabi Swiatkowska

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There Was a Wee Woman . . .

There was a wee woman who lived in a shoe with her many wee children (their tiny pets, too). Six crammed in a bed, tangled up in a heap. Some wrangled, some...

"...“A fun-filled romp bound to become a favorite.” —Kirkus Reviews “The rhyming text and pleasing..."

By Erica Silverman and Rosanne Litzinger

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This Next New Year

Celebrating the Chinese New Year A young boy looks forward to Chinese New Year - also known as the Lunar New Year, the day of the first new moon. It is a...

By Janet S. Wong and Yangsook Choi

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The Whole Green World

Come and dance the whole green world! I've got a little pair of shoes. (Comfy, cozy little shoes.) Got a little pair of shoes to walk the whole round...

"..., that is." -- Kirkus Reviews "Johnston's...language is playful and reads aloud smoothly. Kids could spend hours..."

By Tony Johnston and Elisa Kleven

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