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If you’re looking for poetry that shouldn’t be missed, be sure to check out the books on this list!


Charlotte Pomerantz

Presents a collection of playful, humorous, and poignant poems accompanied by colorful illustrations.

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Technically, It’s Not My Fault

John Grandits

Offers the thoughts of an eleven-year-old boy who, through a collection of poetry and illustrations, ponders the many things he sees and experiences in the world around him.

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Brod Bagert

Presents twenty-one often-humorous poems about such topics as a classroom zoo, books, and scarecrows.

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The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub

Susan Katz

Playful political poems about the penchants and peccadilloes of the presidents!Sure, William Taft got stuck in his tub, but did you know that John Quincy Adams used to skinny-dip in the Potomac? Herbert Hoover spoke Chinese with his wife, and Gerald Ford had his name changed from Leslie Lynch King. It’s true! In The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub, the lives of the presidents are served up as fact-filled and fanciful poems that will make you laugh, cringe, and gasp with amazement at the colorful cast of men and women who have lived in the White House. With footnotes relating the facts behind the inspiration for each poem, and a section called “Presidential Notes and Quotes” in the back, this is one hilarious history lesson that kids will elect to read over and over again!

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Pocket Poems

Bobbi Katz

This lively collection is packed with kid-friendly, "pocket-sized" poems of eight lines or less by such well-known poets as Eve Merriam, Karla Kuskin, and the anthologist herself, Bobbi Katz. The easy-to-memorize, pint-sized poems reflect many different facets of children's lives and are embellished with witty, winning art by the beloved Marylin Hafner, making a package that will be welcomed by children and their teachers.

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Peacock and Other Poems

Valerie Worth

A collection of twenty-six poems includes works about pandas, steam engines, and icicles.

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My Dog May Be a Genius

Jack Prelutsky

Have you ever encountered an underwater marching band, a pig in a bathing suit, a pet orangutan, or a witch in a hardware store? Have you ever sat with a skunk in a courtroom, shopped for a dinosaur, or conversed with a Bupple, a Wosstrus, a Violinnet, or a Celloon? You will have, once you′ve read this exuberant collaboration from Jack Prelutsky and his "partner in crime" James Stevenson. The "reigning czars of silliness" have once again teamed up to bring readers an irresistible collection of poems that will have tongues twisting, imaginations soaring, and sides aching with laughter. The result is genius, indeed.

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More Pocket Poems

Bobbi Katz

Here is a fresh new collection of pocket-size poetry. This lively anthology is packed with kid-friendly poems, all eight lines or less, and features irresistibly playful artwork. Join the fun with such favorite poets as Eve Merriam, Jack Prelutsky, Langston Hughes, and Ogden Nash.

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A Light in the Attic

Shel Silverstein

A Light in the Attic delights with remarkable characters and hilariously profound poems in a collection readers will return to again and again. Here in the attic you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo with an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. You will talk with Broiled Face, and find out what happens when Somebody steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a Mountain snores, and They Put a Brassiere on the Camel. Come on up to the attic of Shel Silverstein and let the light bring you home.

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Here’s a Little Poem

Jane Yolen, Andrew Peters

An illustrated first book of poetry, 'Here's a Little Poem' contains over 60 verses from noted English and American authors, including Wendy Cope, Roger McGough, John Agard and Grace Nichols.

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A Foot in the Mouth

Paul B. Janeczko

Presents a selection of children's poetry specifically meant to be read aloud.

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Douglas Florian

This book is full of dinosaurs, Both carnivores and herbivores. You'll find a big Iguanodon, As well as a clever Tro-o-don. There's Spinosaurus and T. rex, Plus plesiosaurs with giant necks, And others from an ancient age. Want to learn more? Then turn the page!

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Dear Hot Dog

Mordicai Gerstein

Cleverly crafted by Mordicai Gerstein, Dear Hot Dog follows three friends from the time they wake up and brush their teeth to when they snuggle up for bed with their favorite stuffed animal. In between playing outside, making crafts, eating their favorite treats, and reading, together they delight in the adventure and magic that each day brings. Gerstein's vibrant illustrations and lighthearted verse make Dear Hot Dog a great introduction to poetry for young readers.

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Candy Corn

James Stevenson

A collection of short poems with titles such as "The Morning After Halloween," "Dumpsters, " and "What Frogs Say To Each Other."

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Big Talk

Paul Fleischman, Beppe Giacobbe

Provides young readers with a colorfully illlustrated picture book of poems about conversation, talk, and gossip.

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