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Poetry books for Children - Middle Grade KEYWORDS: RELATED: United States

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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All four Small Poems books in one volume plus fourteen new poems "every bit as worthy as their predecessors" (The Horn Book)

By Valerie Worth and Natalie Babbitt

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The Ancestors Are Singing

"The twenty-nine evocative poems in this slim volume with its colorful, eye-catching dust cover are a heartfelt and loving tribute to Mexico's rich...

By Tony Johnston and Karen Barbour

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Collected Poems for Children

This collection brings together the more than 250 children’s poems Ted Hughes wrote throughout his career. They are arranged by volume, beginning with those...

".... . . poetry collection.”  –School Library Journal   "Lucky are the children who receive this collection..."

By Ted Hughes and Raymond Briggs

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I Heard God Talking to Me

William Edmondson and His Stone Carvings

One night in the early 1930s, William Edmondson, the son of former slaves and a janitor in Nashville, Tennessee, heard God speaking to him. And so he began to...

"...at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Here, in twenty-three free-verse poems, award-winning poet Elizabeth..."

Elizabeth Spires Elizabeth Spires

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Laughing Time

Collected Nonsense

A revised edition of a beloved collection of wacky poems and lopsided limericks.

By William Jay Smith and Fernando Krahn

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Minn and Jake

A surprising friendship Do you ever feel like you’ve somehow lost your true best friend? Minn feels this way. So does Jake. But Minn and Jake have no...

By Janet S. Wong and Genevieve Cote

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There are a few things / about your best friend that you can only learn / when you see where he’s from. Minn knew / that Jake was from the city. But...

By Janet S. Wong and Genevieve Cote

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The Mouse of Amherst

A Tale of Young Readers

A mouse's-eye-view of Emily Dickinson When a mouse named Emmaline takes up residence behind the wainscoting of Emily Dickinson's bedroom, she wonders what...

"...and into the night. Emmaline sneaks a look, and finds that it's poetry! Inspired, Emmaline writes her own..."

By Elizabeth Spires and Claire A. Nivola

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Peacock and Other Poems

"This collection of 27 poems by the late Worth once again heralds the joy of words, the way they feel in the mouth, the way they look on the page . . . ...

By Valerie Worth and Natalie Babbitt

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Spin a Soft Black Song

Poems for Children

A favorite collection of thirty-five poems for and about black children celebrates the energy and joy of life. "Martins' black-and-white drawings exude...

"...A favorite collection of thirty-five poems for and about black children celebrates the energy and joy of life.. A favorite collection of thirty-five poems for and about black children celebrates the energy and joy of life.. "Martins' black-and-white drawings exude action and feeling, and the elements he chose to illustrate are perceptive and sensitive...A fine addition to the poetry shelves." --Booklist..."

By Nikki Giovanni and George Martins

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Spinning Through the Universe

Engrossing tales from the fifth grade Every child is like A little world with ever-changing weather, Nights and mornings. And somehow, here we...

"...to teachers eager to guide students in their own poetry writing." -- Starred, Kirkus Reviews..."

Helen Frost Helen Frost

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To Go Singing Through the World

The Childhood of Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda grew up in the rough and wild frontier town of Temuco, Chile. His father was a railroad man and not inclined to draw out the introspective boy....

".... With the encouragement of Gabriela Mistral, an award-winning poet, teacher, and friend, Neruda’s..."

Deborah Kogan Ray Deborah Kogan Ray

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