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These compelling titles offer excellent opportunities to introduce your readers to poetry or help them continue to build an interest in it. Spanning a wide range of styles, subject matter, and grade levels, there's something for everyone!

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      The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems

      by Paul B. Janeczko

      Jun 2019

      Easy Reading Plus

      Be they practical (how to mix a pancake or how to bird-watch) or fanciful (how to scare monsters or how to be a snowflake), the poems in this book boast a flair and joy that you won’t find in any instruction manual. Poets from Kwame Alexander to Pat Mora to Allan Wolf share the way to play hard, to love nature, and to be grateful. Soft, evocative illustrations will encourage readers to look at the world with an eye to its countless possibilities.

      Full-color illustrations were rendered in paint and edited digitally.

      Snowman - Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations

      by Laura Purdie Salas

      Mar 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      In this unusual, appealing collection, poetry plus math plus science equals a new way of looking at spring!

      Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Note on timing of spring. Further reading. Full-color illustrations done in oils and custom-made collage papers on gessoed paper, then manipulated in Photoshop.

      Ode to an Onion: Pablo Neruda and His Muse

      by Alexandria Giardino

      Mar 2019

      Arts Elementary Plus

      Glum Pablo Neruda finds something unexpected in his friend's garden: "Luminous onion . . . sad things have always made me cry, but you have made me cry tears of joy!"

      Biographical information about Pablo Neruda and Matilde Urrutia. “Ode to the Onion (Oda a la Cebolla)” in English and Spanish. Full-color illustrations.

      Vivid: Poems & Notes About Color

      by Julie Paschkis

      Oct 2018

      Arts Elementary Plus

      Playful poems and facts celebrate the colors of the rainbow in this beautiful nonfiction picture book. With information about the science of sight and perception, pigment origins in art and textiles, colloquial expressions and word associations, there's so much to see in each vivid spread—a wonderfully sensory read.
      Author’s note. Full-color gouache illustrations.

      Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners

      by Naomi Shihab Nye

      May 2018

      Nonfiction High Plus

      A collection of almost one hundred original poems writtenin honor of artists, writers, poets, historical figures, ordinary people, and diverse luminaries from past and present. Introduction. Biographical notes. Index of first lines. Black-and-white illustrations.

      Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up

      by Sally M. Walker

      Apr 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      With a combination of haiku and impressionistic (but accurate) art, this one-of-a-kind book encourages readers to think playfully about our planet and its wondrous processes. Further information about subjects covered in the book. Suggestions for further reading. Full-color illustrations were done in colored pencil.

      Rookie on Love

      by Tavi Gevinson

      Apr 2018

      Paperbacks High

      $12.00  $9.80  Member Price
      Online magazine Rookie presents new essays, poems, comics, and interviews about all kinds of love from forty-five contributors, including Jenny Zhang, Hilton Als, John Green, and Rainbow Rowell. Introduction. Two-color illustrations.

      Seeing into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright

      by Richard Wright

      Mar 2018

      Primary Plus

      Together with twelve haiku by acclaimed author Richard Wright, Nina Crews's distinctive photo-collage artwork celebrates contemporary black boys and everyday moments. Information about haiku and about Richard Wright. Illustrator’s note. Further reading. Full-color digital photographs, collaged and manipulated in Photoshop.

      Poemas familiares para cada día de la semana / Family Poems for Every Day of the Week

      by Francisco X. Alarcón

      Feb 2018

      Spanish Elementary

      $12.00  $11.50  Member Price
      This bilingual collection of poetry celebrates the days of the week and everyday childhood experiences.

      One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

      by Nikki Grimes

      Feb 2017

      Nonfiction Middle

      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      Finding inspiration from poets of the Harlem Renaissance, Grimes has composed thought-provoking new poetry with timely themes for today's readers. Preface. Note on the Harlem Renaissance. Author's note. Note on poetry form. Poet biographies. Artist biographies. Sources. Index. Black-and-white photographs. Full-color illustrations.
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