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Poetry Books for Kids 10 Fresh-Picked Collections and Rhyming Stories

Poetry Books for Kids: 10 Fresh-Picked Collections and Rhyming Stories

The Children’s Book Review | April 27, 2017

10 Books of Poetry and Rhyme

This collection of books is filled with bright and gorgeous poems, verses, and rhymes ready to sweep up readers and inspire their imaginations to soar.


Fresh-Picked Poetry- A Day at the Farmers' MarketFresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market

Written by Michelle Schaub

Illustrated by Amy Huntington

Publisher’s Synopsis: This collection of poems takes young readers to a day at an urban farmers’ market. Who to see, what to eat, and how produce is grown—it’s all so exciting, fresh, and delicious. Readers are invited to peruse the stands and inspect vendors’ wares with poems like “Farmer Greg’s Free-Range Eggs,” “Summer Checklist,” and “Necessary Mess.”

Bright and vibrant, this is the perfect guide for little ones to take with them on marketing day to inspire literacy and healthy eating.

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Charlesbridge | 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1580895477


All Aboard the London BusAll Aboard the London Bus

Written by Patty Toht

Illustrated by Sam Usher

Publisher’s Synopsis: Come! Board the London Bus
and see the London sights with us.
At any time, hop off, explore!
Then climb back on, and ride some more…

As a family of four spend a day exploring London, fun, child-friendly poems introduce readers to our wonderful capital city, and all its secrets. Well-known landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye, plus inescapable features like rain and taking tea, all get Patty Toht’s witty treatment. Non-fiction facts provide more information about the subjects, while rising star Sam Usher brings them to life with his signature style and humour. This gorgeous celebration of London will be loved by both tourists and those who call the city home.

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Ages 5-8 | Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Bks | 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1847808578


The Hawk of the Castle- A Story of Medieval FalconryThe Hawk of the Castle

Written by Dana Smith

Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Publisher’s Synopsis: Gentle verse and sweeping, majestic artwork set imaginations soaring in a handsome and illuminating ode to the ancient art of falconry.

Join a young girl and her father, the falconer at a medieval castle, as they experience the joys of taking a goshawk out for a training flight. The girl leads readers through all the preparations and equipment needed for the flight — from the hawk’s hood and bells to the falconer’s gloves — culminating in a dramatic demonstration of the hawk’s hunting skill. Bagram Ibatoulline’s masterful illustrations capture the vivid details and beauty of a day spent hawking, while Danna Smith’s poetic storytelling will make readers long to experience the art and sport of falconry firsthand.

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Candlewick | April 11, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-0763679927


Feel the Beat- Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to SwingFeel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing

Written by Marilyn Singer

Illustrated by Kristi Valiant

Publisher’s Synopsis: An irresistible book of poems about dancing that mimic the rhythms of social dances from cha-cha to two-step, by the acclaimed author of Mirror Mirror

Marilyn Singer has crafted a vibrant collection of poems celebrating all forms of social dance from samba and salsa to tango and hip-hop. The rhythm of each poem mimics the beat of the dances’ steps. Together with Kristi Valiant’s dynamic illustrations, the poems create a window to all the ways dance enters our lives and exists throughout many cultures. This ingenious collection will inspire readers to get up and move!

Included with the book is an audio CD of the author reading each poem accompanied by original music from composer Jonathon Roberts.

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Ages 5-8 | Publisher: Dial Books | 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-0803740211


The Illustrated Emily Dickinson Nature Sketchbook- A Poetry-Inspired Drawing JournalThe Illustrated Emily Dickinson Nature Sketchbook: A Poetry-Inspired Drawing Journal

Illustrated by Tara Lilly

Publisher’s Synopsis: Become inspired by beautiful full-color illustrations, partial drawings, and small sketches based on Emily Dickinson’s brilliant poems!

Emily Dickinson had fewer than a dozen of her 1,800 poems published during her lifetime. But her talent for writing and passion for love, language, and nature has contributed to her reputation as one of the most innovative poets of her time. The Illustrated Emily Dickinson Nature Sketchbook relies on the joys of verse to inpsire drawing and sketching. Gorgeous illustrations from Lilla Roger’s 2014 Global Talent Search winner Tara Lilly will prompt further drawing and literary exploration throughout the pages. This beautiful, embossed interactive sketchbook is the perfect gift for the artist or poetry lover in your life.

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Ages 7+ | Publisher: Quarry Books | 2016 | ISBN-13: 978-1631591235


Poetry for Kids- Emily DickinsonPoetry For Kids: Emily Dickinson

Written by Emily Dickinson

Edited by Susan Snively, PHD

Illustrated by Christine Davenier

Publisher’s Synopsis: Let your children discover the works of poet Emily Dickinson in Poetry for Kids: Emily Dickinson.

As the premier title in the Poetry for Kids series, Emily Dickinson introduces children to the works of poet Emily Dickinson. Poet, professor, and scholar Susan Snively has carefully chosen 35 poems of interest to children and their families. Each poem is beautifully illustrated by Christine Davenier and thoroughly explained by an expert. The gentle introduction, which is divided into sections by season of the year, includes commentary, definitions of important words, and a foreword.

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Ages 8-12 | Publisher: MoonDance Press | 2016 | ISBN-13: 978-1633221178


Bravo!- Poems About Amazing HispanicsBravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics

Written by Margarita Engle

Illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Publisher’s Synopsis: Musician, botanist, baseball player, pilot―the Latinos featured in this collection come from many different countries and from many different backgrounds. Celebrate their accomplishments and their contributions to a collective history and a community that continues to evolve and thrive today!

Biographical poems include: Aida de Acosta, Arnold Rojas, Baruj Benacerraf, César Chávez, Fabiola Cabeza de Baca, Félix Varela, George Meléndez, José Martí, Juan de Miralles, Juana Briones, Julia de Burgos, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Paulina Pedroso, Pura Belpré, Roberto Clemente, Tito Puente, Ynes Mexia, Tomás Rivera

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Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. | March 14, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-080509876


Out of Wonder- Poems Celebrating PoetsOut Of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Written by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, Marjory Wentworth

Illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Publisher’s Synopsis: A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree offer a glorious, lyrical ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder.

Out of gratitude for the poet’s art form, Newbery Award–winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors’ hearts sing and their minds wonder. Stunning mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, complete the celebration and invite the reader to listen, wonder, and perhaps even pick up a pen.

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Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Candlewick | March 14, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-0763680947


Poetry for Kids- Carl SandburgPoetry for Kids: Carl Sandburg

Written by Carl Sandburg

Edited by Kate Benzel

Illustrated by Robert Crawford

Publisher’s Synopsis: Professor and scholar Kate Benzel has carefully chosen 35 poems of interest to children and their families. Carl Sandburg divides the poems into poems about people, and poems about people. You’ll find classics including “Young Bullfrogs,” “Shenandoah”, “Jazz Fantasia”, “Fog”, and 31 more of Sandburg’s favorite and most accessible works. Each poem is beautifully illustrated by the award-winning Robert Crawford. This gentle introduction includes commentary, definitions of key words, and an introduction to the poet’s life, plus a final synopsis of the author’s interpretation of the pieces.

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Ages 8-12 | Publisher: MoonDance Press | 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1633221512


one-last-word-wisdom-from-the-harlem-renaissanceOne Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

Written by Nikki Grimes

Publisher’s Synopsis: In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance — including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era — by combining their work with her own original poetry. Using “The Golden Shovel” poetic method, Grimes has written a collection of poetry that is as gorgeous as it is thought-provoking.

This special book also includes original artwork in full-color from some of today’s most exciting African American illustrators, who have created pieces of art based on Nikki’s original poems. Featuring art by: Cozbi Cabrera, R. Gregory Christie, Pat Cummings, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Ebony Glenn, Nikki Grimes, E. B. Lewis, Frank Morrison, Christopher Myers, Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls, James Ransome, Javaka Steptoe, Shadra Strickland, and Elizabeth Zunon.

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Ages 10-14 | Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens | 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1619635548


Featured image from ‘All Aboard the London Bus,’ illustrated by Sam Usher

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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  • Thank you for including ALL ABOARD THE LONDON BUS, Bianca! It’s so nice to be in the company of wonderful poets.

    April 27, 2017

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