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A Packsack of Poems

Carl Sandburg once said that "Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes." You'll find lots of keepsakes in these books. There are homages to tortillas and treasure hunts, holidays and seasons, traditions from around the world, stripes of all types — even rats! So pick up a poem and enjoy reading it, savoring it and sharing it.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

A Year with Friends

By: John Seven
Illustrated by: Jana Christy
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Soft illustrations and brief, patterned language suggest a special pleasure from January to December, just right for sharing. After all, each month of the year is a "time for fun with new friends!"

How Far Do You Love Me?

By: Lulu Delacre
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A warm portrait of universal parental love begins on a beach when a boy asks his mother, "How far do you love me?" Lyrical responses combine with stunning double page illustrations in places around the globe until the boy is tucked into bed with his response: "I love you to the moon!" A world map and the query in each language conclude this tender book.

Let's Celebrate: Festival Poems from Around the World

By: Debjani Chatterjee, Brian D'Arcy
Illustrated by: Shirin Adl
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Animated illustrations and a variety of poems from around the world celebrate well and lesser known occasions. From Arbor Day to Diwali, from Pancake Day to Purim — and lots in between — readers are introduced to a range of poets and poetic forms in this appealing book.

Max & Ruby's Treasure Hunt

By: Rosemary Wells
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Rain spoils Max and Ruby (and friends) outdoor plans but their clever grandmother's treasure hunt more than makes up for it. Clues in the form of traditional rhymes are numbered, hidden beneath small but sturdy flaps as well as in spot art are sure to make this a modern classic.

Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

By: Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by: John Parra
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Circles, squares, triangles, ovals and stars are all around! The rhyming text incorporates Spanish words which are defined in illustrations reminiscent of folk art. A glossary of Spanish words concludes this engaging glimpse into Mexican culture.

Stripes of All Types

By: Susan Stockdale
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Stripes are found in nature in a variety of flora and fauna in many habitats. From exotic to domestic, revel in observing stripes in carefully crafted illustrations and lyrical text. Additional information and a playful call to match animal with stripe ends this handsome volume.

The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons

By: Sid Farrar
Illustrated by: Ilse Plume
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The seasons of a year are presented in realistic illustrations and thoughtful, evocative haikus. A brief note about the form is followed by a final poem: "Earth circles the sun/spinning a tapestry of/days, months, seasons — life."

There Was a Tree

By: Rachel Isadora
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Textured borders contain each double-page illustration which places the familiar cumulative song on an African savannah. Rebuses are included in the body of the book and again in a key; music is also included to make this version ideal for sharing.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

By: Jane Cabrera
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Additional verses are added to the familiar ditty and illustrated in the artist's signature naïve style. The little star sparkles, flickers, shimmers, and glistens around the whole world watched by animal parents and their young in different settings ending with a human baby and mother.

World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You've Never Heard Of

By: J. Patrick Lewis
Illustrated by: Anna Raff
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Unique observances for everything from rats to limericks are celebrated in a variety of poems and poetic forms. When combined with comic illustrations, the lighthearted collection is sure to keep readers chuckling from cover to cover.

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