Children's Poetry
The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury
The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679893148

"Until this century, most children's poetry was either syrupy sweet or overblown and didactic, and tended to talk down to its readers. Contemporary children's poets have thrown all that condescension and moralizing out the window, and write with today's real child in mind."
- from the Introduction by Jack Prelutsky

Here in one gloriously illustrated volume are 211 wonderful poems that represent the best this century has to offer. From sibling rivalry, school, monsters, food, and just plain silliness, to such ageless themes as the seasons, Who am I?, and the many moods of childhood, this is a collection that begs to be read aloud and shared with the whole family. The poems, from every decade of this century, showcase 137 famous poets.

Selected by Jack Prelutsky, America's leading children's poet, and illustrated by award-winning watercolorist Meilo So, this useful and beautiful gift is a splendid way to end the century -- or start a new one. Truly a book that families will cherish long after the millennium excitement is over, The 20th-Century Children's Poetry Treasury is a joyous companion volume to the best-selling The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury.

This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, 2-3, Poetry) in Appendix B.
The Alligator's Smile: And Other Poems
The Alligator's Smile
And Other Poems
School & Library      ISBN: 1467755753

Get up close and personal with alligators in all their tooth-filled glory in this collection of poems by New York Times bestselling author Jane Yolen. Rhymes and rhythms reflect on how alligators hunt, keep warm, and care for young.

Stunning, large-scale photographs zoom in on these mighty hunters, while fun fact boxes accompany the poetry, providing details that are sure to pique young readers' curiosity.

-- "Journal"
America at War: Poems Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
America at War
Poems Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
School & Library      ISBN: 1416918329

In this ever-timely collection of more than fifty poems and paintings divided into eight sections, one of America's most distinguished poets and anthologists, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and internationally acclaimed painter and printmaker Stephen Alcorn trace emotions of warfare from the American Revolution to the Iraq War.

Warfare has taken -- continues to take -- a tremendous toll on every man, woman, and child in our society as war weaves itself into the fabric of our shared past, present, and future. Raw emotions and results of warfare are expressed here through voices of beloved poets such as Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg, Walt Whitman, Denise Levertov, and e. e. cummings -- and are movingly combined with voices of newer poets, including several soldiers who had courage to write poetry from front lines.

America at War exposes effects of war through hearts of poets and eyes of the artist, paying fitting tribute to those who have served, those now serving, and those who have given their lives so we all may live in peace.
Animal Fare: Poems
Animal Fare
Poems
School & Library      ISBN: 0152035508

An award-winning author and poet joins the illustrator of Raining Cats and Dogs for a picture-book collection of animal nonsense poems featuring the Hippopotanoose, the bulging Blimpanzee, and other silly creatures.

Animal Poems
Animal Poems
School & Library      ISBN: 0374380570

"Ms. Worth brilliantly employs all aspects of the poet's craft." - The New York Times Book Review

Each of the exquisite twenty-three poems in this posthumous collection by Valerie Worth carefully distinguishes one animal from all other creatures and captures it in all of its wonderful singularity - from wasp to snake to wren. The way Worth perfectly illuminates the uniqueness of each animal in her precise and elegant free verse will delight both fans of her celebrated Small Poems and readers encountering her poetry for the first time.

Breathtakingly rich cut-paper illustrations by Steve Jenkins provide a perfect counterpoint to Worth's spare style, and together poetry and picture bring every animal vividly to life.

Animal Poems is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Animal Sense
Animal Sense
Hardcover      ISBN: 0375823840

"A stapler with its tiny fangs
Cannot outwit orangutangs.
Rocks are very good at sitting,
but never walk or take up knitting.
Living things all feel and sense
their way through every happenstance. . . . "
In this delightfully witty collection of poems, bestselling author Diane Ackerman shows how the senses shape and enrich
the experiences of all living beings. With enchanting illustrations by Peter Sis, "Animal Sense" is sure to capture the imagination of readers young and old.

Anna Banana: 101 Jump Rope Rhymes
Anna Banana
101 Jump Rope Rhymes
Paperback      ISBN: 0688088090

The must-have book of jump rope rhymes

How many times can you jump rope? Can you hop, skip, and double-dutch? With these rhymes and rhythms, jump rope is even more fun. There are red-hot pepper rhymes for jumping very fast, counting rhymes to keep the beat, and rhymes for jumping in and out. There are even fortune-telling rhymes that answer questions and help you predict the future

Jumping rope is not only great exercise, it's also great entertainent. With Anna Banana, you'll never run out of chants to use while swinging the ropes. Learn over one hundred traditional rhymes that will make rope jumping challenging and, best of all, fun

Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko
Are You an Echo?
The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko
Hardcover      ISBN: 163405962x

2017 NCTE Notable Poetry Book

Freeman Book Awards, honorable mention

Washington State Book Awards, finalist

Booklist Editors' Choice, Books for Youth 2016

Booklist Top 10 Biographies for Youth and Top 10 Translated Books for Youth: 2017

Favorite Diverse Children's Books of 2016, Smithsonian Book Dragon

In early-1900s Japan, Misuzu Kaneko grows from precocious bookworm to instantly-beloved children's poet. But her life ends prematurely, and Misuzu's work is forgotten. Decades later her poems are rediscovered--just in time to touch a new generation devastated by the tsunami of 2011. This picture book features Misuzu's life story plus a trove of her poetry in English and the original Japanese.

Big Catch:

At sunrise, glorious sunrise
it's a big catch
A big catch of sardines

On the beach, it's like a festival
but in the sea, they will hold funerals
for the tens of thousands dead.


Awful Ogre's Awful Day: Poems
Awful Ogre's Awful Day
Poems
Hardcover      ISBN: 0688077781

It's pouring. The wind is blowing down trees. Awful Ogre's rattlesnake wakes him. He tickles his piranha, scatters his rats, and disengages his leeches. Another wonderful day is about to begin.

Awful Ogre, huge, hungry, horrible--and totally lovable, will steal the heart of every reader. Larger than life--larger, in fact, than all other ogres, Awful Ogre packs into one day enough excitement, imagination, emotion, and sheer ebullience to last most of us a lifetime

Jack Prelutsky and Paul O. Zelinsky have created a tour de force of epic proportions and infinite appeal.

Bananas in My Ears: A Collection of Nonsense Stories, Poems, Riddles, and Rhymes
Bananas in My Ears
A Collection of Nonsense Stories, Poems, Riddles, and Rhymes
School & Library      ISBN: 0763662488
A charming collection featuring free verse stories, rhymes, and poems from the renowned Michael Rosen and quirky artwork by Quentin Blake.

From the chaos of breakfast to the calm of bedtime, this whimsical collection, pairing two former British Laureates, is full of delightful moments. Explore the pleasures of acting silly and the pains of feeling ill, the camaraderie of siblings and strange goings-on at the beach. . . . All this and a trip on a flying bed, too