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I will continue to add new poetry books throughout the year.

Greenfield, Eloise.  Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me.  Illus. by Ehsan Abdollahi.
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.  Gr. K-3
In the first of 16 poems, a family's new puppy indicates that he is a poet, and the boy Jace gives him the name "Thinker." Jace is a poet too, and in the remaining poems, Thinker discusses the world with Jace, reflects on going to the park, the weather, playing with Jace's sister Kimmy, and visiting with his "twin brother" who lives across the street. Jace insists that Thinker cannot accompany him to school, but when Pet Day rolls around, Thinker is welcome, but expected to behave (i.e., not recite his poetry). Thinker can't resist speaking out, however, which causes all the other pets to reveal their hidden talents. The poems are free verse with an occasional rhymed text, culminating in a lively rap. Colorful handmade collage illustrations depict an African American family. This collection will have high appeal for readers who truly believe their pets can think and talk and feel.

Landry, Leo.  Home Run, Touchdown, Basket, Goal! Sports Poems for Little Athletes.
Godwin/Henry Holt.  Gr. K-2
Twelve rhyming easy-to-read poems representing a variety of sports (gymnastics, bicycle racing, tennis, swimming, ice skating, soccer, martial arts, plus the four suggested by the book's title) will have high appeal for young athletes. Most of the poems reflect on the movements, gear needed, and desired result of the sport or game featured without mentioning the sport by name. Readers will have to use inference and visual clues to identify the poem topics. (Some, such as lacrosse, might be less familiar.) Brightly colored, cartoon-like illustrations done in watercolor and pen-and-ink feature a diverse cast of athletes. The rhythm makes these poems in this sure-to-be-popular collection good for reading aloud.

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