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Poetry is for all ages and for all occasions. There are poems about nature, about sports, about people; some poems rhyme, others don’t; some inspire art, some are inspired by art. Some poetry is music whether a rap or a ditty for a young child.  All poetry is best when shared. Certainly most poems deserve to be read aloud. So celebrate words and art this month and every month!

A Year of Nature Poems

By: Joseph Coelho
Illustrated by: Kelly Louise Judd
Genre: Nonfiction, Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Each month of each season is distinct because of the way the natural world responds. Colorful illustrations encircle each poem to reflect the beauty and activities of animals and the environments in which they live.

Home Run, Touchdown, Basket, Goal! Short Poems for Little Athletes

By: Leo Landry
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Sports are for everyone! Short, rhythmic poems about a range of familiar (as well as less well known sports like lacrosse) are presented in a highly illustrated, format sure to read aloud well. 

My First Book of Haiku Poems: A Picture, a Poem and a Dream

By: Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen
Illustrated by: Tracy Gallup
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Nature comes alive in each classic haiku accompanied by an expressive, imaginative painting. The poems appear in both English and Japanese, which is also transliterated to facilitate pronunciation. 

My Village: Rhymes from Around the World

By: Danielle Wright
Illustrated by: Mique Moriuchi
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Rhymes from around the world — Norway to New Zealand, Jamaica to Tonga — are presented in both English and their original language. Colorful, childlike illustrations create a diverse, inviting collection.

Puddle

By: Richard Jackson
Illustrated by: Chris Raschka
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A puddle laments the rain and some of those who run over and in her. That is until the last school bell rings and she reflects the beautiful colors of the sky’s rainbow. Semiabstract watercolors combine with a rhythmic text just right to share aloud.

Snowman – Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations

By: Laura Salas
Illustrated by: Micha Archer
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Open this book to discover that “science + poetry = surprise!” — one describes why while the other presents wonder. Encounter spring’s wonder and why in this handsomely illustrated introduction to “equation poems."

The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop

By: Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by: Frank Morrison
Genre: Nonfiction, Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

So you think rap is modern? Well, it is, but its genesis began long ago! Discover where rap started in this rhythmic, clearly sourced, and stunningly illustrated poetic introduction to it.

The Undefeated

By: Kwame Alexander
Illustrated by: Kadir Nelson
Genre: Nonfiction, Poetry
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Poems set alongside realistic illustrations silhouetted on large format white pages introduce African Americans who are among the unforgettable, the undeniable, the unflappable, the undefeated. An author’s note and notes on the historical figures conclude this stunning volume.

Wheels on the Bus: And Other Favorite Songs and Rhymes

By: Tiger Tales
Illustrated by: Genine Delahaye
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Familiar rhymes, many of which are often sung, are presented in a sturdy format just right to share with young children. Simple, gently hued illustrations accompany each ditty and song.

With My Hands: Poems About Making Things

By: Amy Ludwig Vanderwater
Illustrated by: Lou Fancher, Steve Johnson
Genre: Nonfiction, Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Poems, many rhyming, are sure to inspire the desire to combine imagination with handiwork to create a variety of pieces. From birdhouses to leaf paintings, children are sure to find pleasure in the invention inspired by lively poems.

World Make Way: New Poems Inspired by Art from the Metropolitan Museum

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

What does a piece of art make you feel? This is what the poet/editor, Lee Bennett Hopkins, asked a diverse group of poets. Each examined work from the Metropolitan Museum and answered in a poem to create a unique and handsome collection. 

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