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Check It Out from the Brown County Library: Poetry books for children

1:57 PM, May 20, 2013  |  Comments
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There are two sides to every story, right? Marilyn Singer's "Mirror Mirror," an ingenious "book of reversible verse" retells familiar fairy tales in a most clever way. Everyone from Rapunzel and Cinderella to Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk becomes fair game - and young and old alike will revel in Singer's ability to write poems from both top to bottom, and bottom to top. A poem is built on the left side of the page; on the right side, the lines are written exactly the same, but in reverse, from bottom to top. Singer's precise understanding of poetry, rhythm and word play really work well - both as poetic masterpieces and playful retellings. Singer challenged herself to write in this avant garde format - now challenge yourself to "see" poetry in a different way.

"Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant: and Other Poems" by Jack Prelutsky

Can you cross a toaster with a toad? An umbrella with an elephant? A clock and an octopus? Jack Prelutsky can, and does, in his collection of hilarious (and whimsically illustrated) nonsense poems about animals combined with everyday objects. Alarmadillo clocks clang loudly and ballpoint penguins never run out of ink. But beware the shoehornets-who might sting your unwitting feet! Ideal for playful read-alouds and great for imaginative souls who may want to create their own "animorphs."

"Insectlopedia: Poems and Paintings" by Douglas Florian

Poetry can be a tough sell for kids, but with insects as its theme, this volume by notable children's poet Douglas Florian is a sure sell. A swarm of 21 mostly rhyming poems provide insight into insects in a concise and clever way. Children can learn different poetic forms as well as learning characteristics about common and more obscure (mayflies, weevils and walkingsticks) bugs. Florian's watercolors enhance perfectly paired pages.

"A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms" by Paul B. Janeczko

From acrostics to sonnets and villanelles, this book by famed poetry anthologist Paul B. Janeczko introduces children to various poetry formats in a graphically pleasing style. In addition to defining the format, he eloquently offers lively examples in words children will relish. Caldecott Medal-winner Chris Raschka's abstract and colorful illustrations add to the playfulness of this very readable volume-one that will prove useful to adults pondering poetry forms as well.

"And the Green Grass Grew all Around: Folk Poetry from Everyone" by Alvin Schwartz

"The Arrow Finds its Mark: A Book of Found Poems" by Georgia Heard

"Ashley Bryan's ABC of African-American Poetry" by Ashley Bryan

"Awful Ogre's Awful Day: Poems" by Jack Prelutsky

"Bookspeak!: Poems about Books" by Laura Purdie Salas

"Color Me a Rhyme: Nature Poems for Young People" by Jane Yolen

"Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight" by Ogden Nash

"Dancing Teepees: Poems of American Indian Youth" by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

"Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night" by Joyce Sidman

"Dirty Laundry Pile: Poems in Different Voices" by Paul Janeczko

"Eric Carle's Animals, Animals" by Eric Carle

"Every Thing on it: Poems and Drawings" by Shel Silverstein

"Falling Up: Poems and Drawings" by Shel Silverstein

"A Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout" by Paul Janeczko

"For Laughing out Loud: Poems to Tickle your Funnybone" by Jack Prelutsky

"Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More" by Jack Prelutsky

"Halloween A B C" by Eve Merriam

"Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices" by Walter Dean Myers

"How Beastly!: A Menagerie of Nonsense Poems" by Jane Yolen

"I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail" by Ram Singh Urveti

"I, Too, am America" by Langston Hughes

"I've Lost my Hippopotamus" by Jack Prelutsky

"Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices" by Paul Fleischman

"Leave your Sleep: A Collection of Classic Children's Poetry" by Natalie Merchant

"Lemonade, and other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word" by Bob Raczka

"Lizards, Frogs, and Pollywogs: Poems and Paintings" by Douglas Florian

"Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse" by Marilyn Singer

"Nightmares: Poems to Trouble your Sleep" by Jack Prelutsky

"Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle your Tongue" by Jon Agee

"Please Bury Me in the Library" by J. Patrick Lewis

"Poetry Speaks to Children" by Elise Paschen

"Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme" by Jack Prelutsky

"Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors" by Joyce Sidman

"Revolting Rhymes" by Roald Dahl

"Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook" by Shel Silverstein

"Shiver me Timbers: Pirate Poems & Paintings" by Douglas Florian

"Sing to the Sun: Poems and Pictures" by Ashley Bryan

"Sky Magic: Poems" by Lee Bennett Hopkins

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost

"Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature" by Joyce Sidman

"Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein

Books About Writing Poetry

"Connor and Clara Build a Concrete Poem" by Megan Atwood

"Luke and Leo Build a Limerick" by Marybeth Mataya

"Henry and Hala Build a Haiku" by Nadia Higgins

"Nina and Nolan Build a Nonsense Poem" by Lisa Bullard

"Penelope and Pip Build a Prose Poem" by Pete Heiden

"Picture Yourself Writing Poetry: Using Photos to inspire Writing" by Laura Purdie Salas

"Sophie and Sadie Build a Sonnet" by Amanda St. John

"Words, Wit, and Wonder: Writing Your Own Poem" by Nancy Loewen

"You Can Write Cool Poems" by Jennifer Fandel

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