Books by Theme
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
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.
My Village: Rhymes from Around the World
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.
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.
The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop
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.
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
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
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
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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