Make a Splash: Read some poetry about water

Cyrus, Kurt
In twenty-one poems a lone sardine goes off in search of its lost school within the dark halls of a great coral reef.  The oversize format is highlighted by brightly colored illustrations.
Graham, Joan
Twenty-one short poems celebrate water in its forms from ice cubes to waves and are highlighted by colorful illustrations.
Harrison, David L.
Forty-five humorous poems follow a family as they pack the car and head to the shore.  Black and white sketches highlight each poem.
Twenty-six poems by a wide range of poets celebrate the diversity of life in the sea.  Color illustrations highlight each poem.
Singer, Marilyn
Eleven poems that provide a look at some of the animals, insects, and plants found in ponds are highlighted by hand-colored woodcuts.

Sports Poetry Books

Sports Poetry Books

 While it’s no secret that the Children’s Library has an extensive collection of poetry for children, young sports fans may not realize that more than a few of those books feature poems about their favorite sports.  Here is a sampling:

Adoff, Arnold:

The Basket Counts!

Sports Pages

Fehler, Gene:

Change-Up:  Baseball Poems

Hopkins, Lee Bennett:

Extra Innings:  Baseball Poems

Opening Days:  Sport Poems

Sports!  Sports!  Sports!  A Poetry Collection

Janeczko, Paul:

That Sweet Diamond:  Baseball Poems

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Mother Goose

Don’t forget the wonderful rhythms and rhymes of Mother Goose when you are looking for poetry to read to children.  The Mother Goose rhymes have come down to us through the generations because they are easy to remember  and recite.  You don’t have to understand all of the words or the history behind the rhymes.  Just enjoy the nonsense and fun of them. By the way, did you know that children need to be able to recognize rhymes when they go to kindergarten?  Reading Mother Goose rhymes to your child is a great way to practice this skill.  Then talk about which words rhyme. 
When waiting in line or in an office or driving to school see how many you remember.  There are many collections of Mother Goose.  Ask a librarian to show you some.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;

All the king’s horse and all the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again!

April is National Poetry Month

Here are some recent poetry books recommended by our Children’s Library.  Click on the blue link to get to the catalog entry for the title:

Franco, Betsy.  Messing Around on the Monkey Bars: and Other School Poems for 2 Voices

 19 simple poems for reading aloud highlighted by colorful illustrations.

 Ghigna, Charles.   Score: 50 Poems to Motivate and Inspire.

Each 4 line poem is highlighted by a colorful digital cartoon illustration.  Fun sports metaphors and reassuring rhymes.

Hopkins, Lee Bennett.  City I Love.

 18 poems that take the reader to major cities around the globe highlighted by graphic style illustrations.

 Iyengar, Malathi Michelle.  Tan to Tamarind: Poems about the Color Brown.

 15 poems that celebrate the many shades of brown are highlighted by pastel double-spread illustrations.  Young readers will discover that no matter what your skin tone, every shade is beautiful

 Levy, Debbie.  Maybe I’ll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight and Other Funny Bedtime Poems.

 20 poems are highlighted by colorful illustrations that may have children laughing too hard to sleep.

 Lewis, J. Patrick.  Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles.

 Children will enjoy answering the simple riddles in this interactive read-aloud.  Parents, teachers, and librarians will also enjoy this book.

 Shange, Ntozake.  We Troubled the Waters.

View the Civil Rights movement through 18 poems highlighted by vivid color paintings.

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