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More Than Rhymes
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.
Home Run, Touchdown, Basket, Goal! Short Poems for Little Athletes
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
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
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.
Snowman – Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations
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
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.
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
What is a maker? “A maker starts with/empty space/ideas/hope/and stuff.” With those things, one can craft a boat, a card, a tie-dye shirt, or even a sock puppet. Poetry, art, and ideas come together in a charming whole to encourage, inspire, and stimulate creativity. Textured illustrations show a range of children creating, sharing and more.
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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