Sunday, July 11, 2021

Poetry Books

Anthologies are BELOW 

Ada, Alma Flor - Gathering the Sun, 1997

    26 "small" poems
    describe life of Mexican farm worker
    awesome "sun drenched" illustrations
    cover is dark, ;not representative of book illustrations

Ashman, Linda - M is For Mischief, An A to Z of Naughty Children 2008

    ABC book wit":
    sophisticated vocabulary
    illustrations to examine closely
    wonderful collection of oems

Alexander, Kwame, Chris Colderly, Marjory Wentworth - Out of Wonder, Poems Celebrating Poets, 2017

    celebrating Billy Collins
    celebrating William Carlos Williams
    celebrating Mary Oliver
    celebrating Naomi Shihab Nye
    plus 16 others
    illust. Ekua Holmes

Blackaby, Susan - Nest, Nook & Cranny, 2010
    poetry from 5 different habitats
    desert, grassland, shoreline, 
    wetland, woodland

    imagery of all sorts!

Brown, Caleb - Hallowilloween, 2010

    14 poems relating to Halloween
    Many not directly related

Brown, Skila - Clackety Track: Poems About Trains, 2019

    13 poems
    abundance of train information
    illust. by James Cristoph
Bulion, Leslie - Superlative Birds, 2019

    20 poems
    includes scientific info on each
    writing project idea
    smallest, largest, all superlatives

Corman, Avery - Bark in the Park! Poems for Dog Lovers - Avery Corman, 2019

    ill. Hyewon Yum
    39 different dogs
    super short 
        (2-3-4 lines each)
    dogs: bassett hound, greyhound
        chihuahua, dachshund, pug
        german shepherd, poodle

Elliott, David - In the Past, From Tribolites to Dinosaursto Mammoths in More Than 500 Million Years, 2018

    a timeline through the past
    tells time period and how long ago

Esbensen, Barbara Juster - Swing Around the Sun, 2003

    four different illustrators
    one for each season
    20 of Esbensen/s poems

Fletcher, Ralph - A Writing Kind of Day, 2005

    poems about writing poems,
    poetry, words
    super poems

Florian, Douglas - Autumnblings, 2003

    29 poems
    many can be used as starters for kids
    autumn and the coming of winter
Fogliano, Julie - When Green Becomes Tomatoes:  Poems for all Seasons, 2016

    47 Poems
    Pack a punch!
    Illust. Julie Morstad
    Titles are dates

Frank, John - A Chill in the Air, 2003

    Fall & Winter

Frank, John - How to Catch a Fish, 2007

    Fishing all over the world
    Tobago, Washington, Ireland,
    Baffin Island, Japan, Long
    Island, NY, Namibia,
    New Caledonia, California
    British Columbia, Georgia, 
    Hawaii, Florida

Gerstein, Mordecai - Dear Hot Dog, 2011

    three friends
    poems about a single subject from each of their pov's
    toothbrush, pants, socks, shoes
    toes, cup, bowl, kite, air
    water, summer sun, hot dog
    ice cream cone, leaves,
    rain, book, crayons, scissors, 
    spaghetti, bear, light , pillow

Greenfield, Eloise - In the Land of Words, 2004

    20 poems about poetry, words, and story.  
    illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Harley, Avis - The Monarch's Progress, 2008

    lifespan of a monarch
    many different types of poetry    
    18 poems
Havill, Juanita - I Heard It from Alice Zucchini, Poems About the Garden  2006

    20 poems about gardening, vegetables,
    great language
    alliteration, personification

Hoberman, Mary Ann - The Llama Who Had No Pajama - 1998

    100 Favorite poems including:
    "North Pole"
Hood, Susan - Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World, 2018

    History and Biography in poetry
    Molly Williams, Nellie Bly
    Mary Anning, Annette Kellerman
    Pura Belpre, Frida Kahlo
    Jacqueline Nearne & Eileen Nearne
    Frances Moore, Ruby Bridges
    Mae Johnson, Maya Lin
    Angela Zhang, Malala Yousafzai

Hopkins, Lee Bennett - City I Love, 2009

    18 poems
    18 cities
    fun to guess which city
    map at back of book

Iyengar, Malathi Michelle - Tan to Tamarind, 2009

    celebrate the color brown
    lovely poetry
Janeczko, Paul & J. Patrick Lewis - Wing Nuts, 2006

    senryu, a form of HAIKU
    lots of word play

Johnston, Tony - The Ancestors Are Singing, 2003

    Poems of Mexico, past & present
    Maya, Aztec

Katz, Alan - Too Much Kissing & Other Silly Dilly Songs About Parents, 2010

    2-page spreads
    funny & fun
    tunes are to well-known songs

    19 poems
    rain forest plants & animals
    free verse poems are great
    rhyming poems not-so-great

Larios, Julie - Delicious!  Poems Celebrating Street Food Around the World, 2021

    Short poems
    Many cultures
    Gorgeous illustrations: Julie Paschkis

    illust. by Julie Paschkis
    14 poems about animals

Lewis, J. Patrick - Heroes and She-roes, 2005

    poems highlighting many heroes
    Helen Keller, Lewis & Clark
    Ghandi, Tianemen Square
    Roberto Clemente, Lady Godiva
    MLK Jr., Rosie the Riveter    
    Ida Wells-Barnett, Joan of Arc
    Rosa Parks....and more!

Lewis, J. Patrick - Please Bury Me in the Library, 2005

    16 poems
    library & books

Lewis, J. Patrick - The Underwear Salesman, And Other Jobs for Better or Verse,  2009

    exterminator, map-maker
    bely dancer, pet groomer, poet
    highway line painter, banana
    picker, bridge painter, sunken 
    treasure hunter, acupunturist, 
    cuckoo-clock repairman, 
    paleontologist, marathon runner

Lewis, J. Patrick & Douglas Florian - Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems, 2014
Miller, Rhett - No More Poems! 2019

    knock offs using Shel Silverstein
    controversial poem about killing a sibling
    23 poems
    illust. Dan Santat

Mora, Pat - This Big Sky, 1998

    14 poems about the southwestern desert
    illust. Steve Jenkins

Mora, Pat - Yum! MmMm! Que Rico! 2007

    Poems about foods native to North and South America
    all haiku

    blueberry, chili, chocolate, corn
    cranberry, papaya, peanut, pecan
    potato, prickly pear, pumpkin
    tomato, vanilla
Paolili, Paul
 & Dan Brewer - Silver Seeds, 2001

    Acrostic poems that really make sense!

Down goes the moon
And up comes the sun,
Welcoming the
New day.

Park, Linda Sue - Tap Dancing on the Roof, 2007

    sijo (Korean)
    similar to haiku
    three lines
    "twist" at the end

Pashkis, Julie - Flutter & Hum, 2015

    gorgeous illustrations by the author
    written in Spanish and translated
    some, written in Spanish, sounded
        incredible, even though I 
        couldn't understand

Perry, Andrea - The Snack Smasher, 2007

    13 poems of :
    vile villains, ruthless roughnecks,
    VERY funny

Peters, Lisa Westberg, 
Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up, 2012

    22 poems
    illust. Cathie Felstead

Pollock, Penny - c, 2001

    13 Poems
    a different poem/moon for each month
    illust. Mary Azarian

Pottle, Robert - Maine: The Way Life Should Be: A Wicked Good Book of Verse

    illustrated by Holly Hardwick
    funny poems about Maine and its wildlife
    many sung to well-known tunes

Prelutsky, Jack - I've Lost My Hippopotamus, 2012

    lots of funny poems
    a number of haiku
    poems combining two animals
    illust. Jackie Urbanovich

Prelutsky, Jack - In Aunt Giraffe's Green Garden, 2007

    poems for the very young
    (too young for 4th graders)

    illust. by Luke Flower
    75 songs/poems from the show
    not my favorites
    great tribute to Fred Rogers

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse - The Wonder Book, 2010

    take-offs on Mary Mack-Mack-Mack
    line drawings

Rossetti, Christina - Blooming Beneath the Sun, 2019

    Cut paper illustrations by Ashley Bryan
    "Who Has Seen the Wind?"
    "Hurt No Living Things"
    "Where Innocent Bright-Eyed Daisies Are"

Ruddell, Deborah - Today at the Bluebird Café, 2007

        illust Joan Rankin
        bird poems
        some VERY anthropomorphized
        some funny
Today at the Bluebird Cafe
It's all-you can-eat at the Bluebird Cafe,
a grasshopper-katydid-cricket buffet,
with berries and snails and a bluebottle fly,
a sip of the lake and a bite of the sky.

Salas, Laura Purdie - Book Speak! Poems About Books, 2011

    21 poems
    all about books and reading and words

Schertle, Alice - Button Up!  Wrinkled Rhymes, 2009

    poems about clothing
    super clever and fun
    illust. by Peetra Mathers

Schmidt, Annie, M., A Pond Full of Ink, 1978 in Dutch, translated

     Translations remind me too much of kids that force rhyming, I don't think they translated well, too bad, illustrations are cool.

Shange, Ntozake - We Trouble the Waters, 2009
    poems about being black in the south during Jim Crow

    eye-popping art by Beth Krommes
    two-page spread with explanation

    dew & grasshopper, rabbit & fox
    spittlebug & xylem, deer & trees
    snake & toad, goldfish & hawk,
    milkweed & butterflies

Sidman, Joyce - Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night, 2010

    Newbery Honor book, 2011
    sophisticated poetry

Sidman, Joyce - This Is Just to Say, 2007

    poems of apology, followed by responses

Sidman, Joyce - Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold, 2014

    12 lovely poems
    informative explanations

Simler, Isabelle - Sweet Dreamers, 2019

    translated from French
    poems about the way animals sleep
    illust. by the author

Singer, Marilyn - Every Month Is a New Year, 2018

    Poems that commemorate New Year's celebrations all over the world
    cut paper illust by Susan L. Roth

Singer, Marilyn - First Food Fight This Fall, 2008

    12 kids write different poems
    about school
    great for 3rd/4th grade

Singer, Marilyn - Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse, 2010

    all based on Fairy Tales --
    Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty
    Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood
    Ugly Duckling, Snow White
    Jack-in-the-Beanstalk, Hansel & 
    Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin
    Princess & the Frog, Sleeping Beauty

Vanderwater, Amy Ludwig - Forest Has a Song, 2013

    elegant, clever words
    poems about the woods
Viorst, Judith - What Are You Glad About?  What Are You Mad About? Poems for When a Person Needs a Poem, 2016

    Didn't like any of them!
    (I rated it a 2)
    The one I chose to include has pacing that doesn't work for me...

Whitehead, Jenny - Holiday Stew, 2007

    illust by the author

Wilson, Karma - Outside the Box, A Book of Poems, 2014

    homage to Shel Silverstein
    funny, clever, rhythmic

    observation journal
    poetry book

Wolff, Ashley, I Call My Grandma Nana, 2009

    14 poems about what different kids call their grandmas
    many countries
    illust by the author

Worth, Valerie - Peacock and Other Poems, 2002
    short poems
    slim, beautiful volume
    illust. by Natalie Babbitt!


The Bill Martin, Jr. Big Book of Poetry, 2008

    200+ GREAT poems, old and new
    various well-known illustrators
    classic anthology

Dare to Dream...Change the World - Jill Corcoran, 2012

    poems about world changers by many different poets:
    Sylvia Mendez, Nicholas Cobb,
    Father Gregory Boyle, Anne Frank
    Jonas Salk, Jean-Michel Basquiat
    Michelle Kwan, Ashley Bryan,
    Temple Grandin, Martha Graham
    Georgia O'Keeffe, Christa McAuliffe
    Steven Speilberg, the YouTube founders


Days to Celebrate - Lee Bennett Hopkins, 2005

    great poets
    many formats

Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes and Anecdotes from A to Z - Irene Latham & Charles Waters, 2021

    Short poems
    Different formats
    Making the world a better place
    "Try-Its" for each poem

Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart selected by Mary Ann Hoberman, 2012

    old & new poems
    illust. Michael Emberley

Got Geography - selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, 2006

    Short selections
    illust. Philip Stanton

Green Poems - Jill Bennett, 1999

        59 Poems
        Oxford/British mostly

The Poetry of US: More Than 200 Poems That Celebrate the People, Places, and Passions of the People of the United States, 2018

    3 separate indexes
    separated by US regions
    over 200 poems

The Read Aloud Treasury compiled by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson, 1988

    32 nursery rhymes
    30 poems for babies, toddlers, preschoolers
    13 picture book stories with original illustrations
        Little Bear, Sylvester, Cordoroy....

Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year selected by Fiona Waters, 2018

    huge, heavy book
    love it!!
    366 nature poems
    one for each day of the year
    different poets

Sky Magic - selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, 2009

    14 poems
    sun, moon, stars...


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