Poetry Studio... Writing poetry with children - 2021 Book Reviews

A SELECTION OF 2021 POETRY AND VERSE NOVELS

Picture book poetry collections explore a variety of topics and concepts.

Just as she has in many of her other books, Joyce Sidman combines science and poetry in two titles: Hello, Earth!: Poems to Our Planet and Dear Treefrog.

In 22 poems of address, a child's voice asks questions of our planet in Hello, Earth!
Addressing topics such as the earth's age and history, its layers and plate tectonics, rotation and orbit, ecosystems and their inhabitants, human impact, and much more, the poems are informative and filled with child-like wonder. Exquisite language (e.g., the moon is a "silver sister" and the sun is "a new gift we can't wait to open" every morning) exudes responsibility, respect, and awe. Watercolor and acrylic illustrations in a soft palette provide panoramas that take readers to locations all over the planet and beyond. They will enjoy searching for the minute details of people engaged in a variety of activities. What they might find interesting is that, in this book, the illustrations were the inspiration for the poems. "More about How the Earth Works," a section containing information about the topics of the individual poems, is appended, along with resources and further reading. For learning and wondering, this collection is a must.

In Dear Treefrog, a shy girl who is new to the neighborhood becomes less lonely when she finds a tiny green frog. The 18 free verse poems narrated in first person follows the girl, the frog, and eventually, a new friend along the way from summer to the following spring. The road to a new friendship is not always smooth, but when it happens, it is very satisfying, as is this story. Each poem is accompanied by a nugget of information about treefrogs. Large, colorful gouache spreads contain abundant lush greens and reflect the wonder of budding friendships (human-frog and human-human). Sharp eyes will notice imbedded labels on plants and creatures in the illustrations. A page of additional questions and answers is appended that includes a statement of how to help treefrogs survive. This quiet, lovely book will touch a chord with some children and will inspire readers to observe closely in nature and be patient - rewards will come.

Leslie Bulion offers a "clutter" (collective noun for spiders) of 30-plus poems in Spi-ku: A Clutter of Short Verse on Eight Legs. Followed by an introductory rhymed verse overview of spiders, the remaining poems are indeed short and include a variety of poetic forms, which the author discusses in the back matter. A considerable amount of information accompanies the poems. A concluding selection reminds us of the value of spiders. The digitally rendered cartoon-like illustrations depict the spiders accurately with occasional humorous touches. Extensive appended material includes a glossary, a spider identification guide with scientific names, suggestions for hunting spiders, a representation of relative sizes of different spiders (compared to a pencil), and sources for further study. For readers who are grossed-out by spiders, this book may help allay their fears. Fact-packed and a good choice for science units.

David L. Harrison offers readers a glimpse at the underground world in The Dirt Book: Poems about Animals That Live Beneath Our Feet. The collection begins with a brief overview of dirt and where it comes from with a "Dirt Recipe" and a poem about the function of roots as the first two selections. The 13 lively rhyming poems in different poetic forms that follow provide information about the habits of a variety of animals. Insects, mammals, an earthworm, and others, most of which will be familiar to younger children, are included. Designed to be read vertically, the unique book format and digitally rendered colored pencil illustrations will have readers poring over the pages. Author Notes that offer additional facts and extensive resources round out this collection. Great for reading aloud in elementary animal science units. These poems might inspire students to do a little digging in the dirt on their own to see what they can find.

In a quote on the front cover of The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastics by Susan Hood, Dr. Jane Goodall encourages everyone to read this collection of 17 poems, supplemented by astonishing facts and comments from around the world. The book is introduced by Milo Cress, the founder of BeStrawFree.org, who encourages readers to consider our use of plastics. In a variety of forms, the poems remind us how much we depend on plastic in so many of our everyday items, discuss the threat of plastic to our oceans and their animals, offer the many ways plastics can be recycled, and suggest what we can do to improve the situation. Accompanying quotes from researchers and child scientists illuminate what is already taking place. Brightly colored digital illustrations feature a diverse cast of characters. Back matter includes an Author's Note containing more information and a call to action, a timeline of where we've been and where we're headed, substitutes for plastic use of common objects, "Top Ten Ocean Polluters," extensive internet sources, and a discussion of the poetry forms that appear in the book. An important book that will, hopefully, inspire readers to respond.

Presidential inauguration poet Amanda Gorman celebrates the potential of children to be the voices of change in our world in Change Sings: A Children's Anthem. The text is a single rhymed poem featuring an African American child carrying a guitar who hears "change humming" and enlists others to join her song. She offers musical instruments to other children, which they play between acts of service to the community. The children clean up an outdoor space, build a ramp for a child in a wheelchair, paint a store front, and deliver meals to an elderly person and to a homeless woman and child. The group ultimately becomes a symbolic mural for "We Are the Change," cheered by their community. Long's luscious acrylic and colored pencil illustrations alternate between double-paged spreads and figures against white space and offer much to look at through repeated readings. This beautiful book is sure to stir a sense of activism in readers who will want to "sing along."

Framed as a grandmother's narrative to her family about their origins in Africa, The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renee Watson is a collection of moving free verse poems. When a child is assigned the task of tracing her family's roots, she is embarrassed because she knows only that three generations of her family were born in America. Grandma takes her back to the high plateaus of West Central Africa where the people were resourceful, intelligent, and joyful…until they were "stolen" without a chance to say good-bye. "Ours is no immigration story," Grandma says. She explains that despite the horrors and sadness on the ship, the strangers from many villages became one people 'born on the water." And these people, enslaved in a new world, had dreams, hope, faith, and a will to survive and to fight for equality…and they still do. Powerful paintings depict a joyful people in their African village, then turn dark and foreboding. Evocative images reflect their dignity and hope through the worst of experiences. A candle shining on two faces, a lightening of the sky, and the face of the first Black child born in America mark a change - a hope - for the better. The rhythmic poems make this story of resilience a must read.

Julie Larios introduces readers to a variety of foods in Delicious!: Poems Celebrating Street Food Around the World. Fifteen short whimsical poems, both rhymed and unrhymed, invite children to "sample" treats that can be obtained ready-to-eat from vendor carts, at markets, at parades, by the sea, at the train station, at the ballpark, and other locations. Full-page, vibrant watercolor illustrations by Julie Paschkis are a feast in themselves. Back matter provides additional information (brief) about the foods and places featured in the poems. A pronunciation key and perhaps a glossary of the foods mentioned would be helpful, but great for reading aloud, nevertheless.

A possible companion title to Delicious!: Poems Celebrating Street Food Around the World, Margarita Engle's A Song of Frutas features a Cuban American child's visit with her abuelo in Cuba, a street vendor who sells fruit. Among the other sellers (of tamales, herbs, yams, roasted peanuts, candies, and much more), all chanting at the same time, abuelo's voice is like an opera star. When the child is fortunate enough to visit on New Year's Eve, she celebrates with the traditional 12 grapes and makes a wish for each month of the coming year. One of her wishes is always for friendship between their two countries so that her abuelo can one day visit her. When they are apart, however, they write poems "that soar through the wild sky" to each other, each syllable of which is "a hug made of words." A concluding Author's Note discusses street vendors, the travel restrictions between Cuba and the United States, and the 12 grapes tradition. The text is one long poem liberally sprinkled with Spanish words and vivid language. Brightly colored digitally rendered illustrations bring the city street to life and depict additional vendors.

Lera Auerbach and Marilyn Nelson introduce readers to the orchestra through an alphabet of poems in A is for Oboe: The Orchestra's Alphabet. The poems cover a considerable amount of information: instruments in an orchestra (sometimes more than one per alphabet letter), the roles of various people (conductor, music librarian, composer, soloist, percussionist), music terminology (jazz, metronome, notation, rests, upbeat and downbeat), and more. The poems are entertaining as well as informative. Poetic devices such as alliteration, personification, simile, and metaphor add touches of humor and enhance read aloud potential. Large, colorful ink and digital illustrations feature a multicultural cast of characters and help clarify the text. A nice addition to a music teacher's classroom library.

Longtime National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore created the Photo Ark project, a multiyear effort to photograph every species in captivity with the intent of inspiring people to care passionately about saving them. Arranged as an alphabet book, Photo Ark ABC by Debbie Levy showcases a number of these animals in images compatible with the lively poems. The selection that greets readers incorporates animals from the entire alphabet with a "Wow!" and an invitation to turn the page. Levy uses a variety of poetic styles in the text, which she mentions in her author's note. The design of the book is a visual feast: the jaw-dropping animal photos (some are huge!) are set against a dramatic backdrop of either black or white; bold, brightly colored fonts in different sizes wave, curl, and sweep up and down across the pages. The concluding reverso poem reminds us that so much of what happens with animals depends on people. Thumbnail photos of the animals are appended with notations regarding their threatened species status and location in the world. Also in the back, Sartore explains the Animal Ark project, and Levy discusses her inspiration for writing the book. Great for reading aloud, and leave a copy on display for readers to pore over the photos, which they will want to do again and again.

Readers will find a kindred spirit in the first poem of Pat Mora's My Magic Wand. (The "magic wand" is a pencil.) In 15 joyful unrhymed poems, a blond-haired, brown-eyed girl celebrates activities throughout the seasons on the way to her sixth birthday (the last poem in the book). She's a dancer, gardener, swimmer, artist, horseback rider, and more. She's imaginative and inquisitive. When she and her parents visit Mexico (suggesting the family's cultural heritage), she learns a bit of Spanish, and Spanish words are sprinkled throughout some of the poems. Colorful multi-media illustrations complement the liveliness of the words. Young children will see themselves in these lilting poems that beg to be read aloud. In an Author's Note, Mora discusses reading and writing poetry and suggests that readers try writing and illustrating poems.

In 20 haiku-inspired poems, Rodoula Pappa follows a young child through the seasons in Beautiful Day! All of the poems are three lines, but Pappa takes the liberty of modern haiku to vary the number of syllables. Birds, insects, and flowers predominate as subjects of the poems. The large, colorful illustrations will mesmerize young readers. Throughout the text, the child is most often depicted smaller than the huge flowers and oversized insects. The use of detail is exquisite. The child stands on a ladder painting a rainbow, sails in a paper boat, builds a snowman on the head of a donkey. Origami geese take flight in autumn. The child's home rests on top of a frosted cake in winter. Students might be inspired to write their own poetry based on the illustrations.

In If You Go Down to the Woods Today by Rachel Piercey, a bear leads a guided tour through activities during the four seasons. Each page features a rhymed poem with a seek-and-find inset of numerous objects in colorful, highly detailed cartoon-like illustrations. Bear awakens in the first poem and readers follow him through "home sweet home" in the woods, school days, a birthday party, field day, swimming lessons, a picnic, putting on a play, a goodbye party (the birds are leaving for warmer places), rainy day, art class, winter sports, a winter feast, and ultimately, bear's den. An appended "Nature Trail" includes even more items to locate in the illustrations. This book invites interactivity. Readers will need considerable time to pore over the pages, so display it for individual browsing.

Verse novels that explore different time periods and family situations

In Rajani LaRocca's poignant Red, White, and Whole, middle schooler Reha is torn between two worlds. During the week, she is the only Indian American at school. She is an excellent student who aspires to be a doctor (though she can't stand the sight of blood), has a best friend, and becomes interested in a boy with whom she is paired on a project. On the weekends, she has a different best friend and engages in cultural activities with her parents and other members of the Indian community. When her mother is diagnosed with leukemia and Reha faces the possibility of losing a parent, she draws upon the cultural myth of Savitri, who bargained with the God of Death to save her loved one, and vows to be the best daughter she can be. Her friends rally around her as she discovers that she has "one life, a stream with many tributaries." The 1980s setting is evidenced by the background music that weaves throughout the story, the clothing, etc., but it could just as well be contemporary. Readers seeking to assimilate into a new culture will identify with Reha. Thought-provoking for all readers - their hearts will be touched. 2022 Newbery Honor Book

Starfish by Lisa Fipps is a crushing reminder of how much words can hurt. Twelve-year-old Ellie has been relentlessly fat-shamed by her mother and bullied by nearly everyone else (including her older sister and brother and strangers in public) since she was a very young child. She lives by a set of what she calls "Fat Girl Rules," which are designed to make her feel unnoticed. When her best friend moves away, she feels lost except for her beloved dog and her daily swims in the family pool. A Mexican American family moves in next door giving Ellie a new best friend and a supportive group of people who accept her for herself. Her Dad seems to be her only ally and sets her up with a therapist who eventually leads Ellie to believe she is worthwhile. Ellie is funny and sassy and poetic, and the laugh-out-loud moments help keep this book from being so heart-breaking. With very few exceptions, the adults in her life don't do nearly enough to stem the bullying. The ending suggests that there is hope for Ellie's relationship with her mother. Readers will root for Ellie!

In Alone by Megan E. Freeman, 12-year-old Maggie's plans for a sleepover go awry, and she decides to spend the night alone in her grandparents' empty apartment without telling her divorced parents. During the night, an unexpected evacuation of her small Colorado town, and seemingly the entire region, takes place and Maggie is left with no way to communicate with anyone. Her only companion is a neighborhood dog. As utilities and available supplies disappear and stretches of time pass, Maggie has to find sources of food and water for the both of them. Her survival skills mature and she arrives at solutions that readers will believe - she even teaches herself to drive a car. But the going isn't easy as she faces natural disasters (a tornado and wildfire), the threat of being discovered by looters, and most of all, an incredible ongoing loneliness. For three years, Maggie perseveres, sustained by a wealth of books from the public library and her own resourcefulness. The ending is a relief, though a bit abrupt. This engaging survival story from what seems to be the not-too-distant future is suspenseful and fast-paced and will leave readers wondering "what if."

Poetry Collections

In a heart-rending collection, niños: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile by María José Ferrada honors the memory of 33 children who died or disappeared during Pinochet's dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s. According to the introduction, in 1990 when Chile returned to democratic government, official reports that revealed the extent of the political violence became available: children ranging in age from one month to 13 years old were among the lost. In vivid language, the children's lives are imagined. What would they have created? What did they dream about? What did they wish for? They are like all children - curious and playful and interested in the natural world. Muted illustrations rendered in charcoal, pastels, colored pencils, and watercolor reflect the deep emotion of the poetry. The names and ages of the children are appended. Poignant and evocative, it's hard not to think of other children who have been lost through violent action.

As she did in One Last Word (2017), Legacy by Nikki Grimes places the spotlight on African American poets…this time, women. The preface of the book is a personal note by Grimes about the way history has disregarded the accomplishments of women, followed by an overview of the Harlem Renaissance. She also describes how to write in the poetry form she used in this collection - "Golden Shovel," which utilizes words from an existing poem at the ends of the lines in a new, original poem. The poets highlighted here are lesser-known and serve as an introduction to their achievements. Each of Grimes's poems is accompanied by the poem that inspired it and an illustration. Her poems are heart-rending, thought-provoking, and relevant to contemporary society. Evocative illustrations by 19 different African American women artists reflect a variety of styles and media. Appended material includes short biographies of the poets with selected works, biographical sketches of the artists, sources, and a detailed index. Students might want to try writing poetry in the Golden Shovel form, though Grimes admits it is challenging. A stunning collection, meant to be read and reread.

The 10*10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways edited and compiled by Bridget Magee focuses on the number 10 through clever use of language, humor, and heartfelt sentiment. The 87 poems are divided into 10 sections, each with an introductory quote that sets up the intention (nod to Bridget!) of the poems that follow (e.g., "The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination…" Maya Angelou). The 10 topics address vocabulary (tentative, tenacity, tension), common phrases (take ten, I wouldn't touch that with a ten-foot pole), and more. The poems, written by established as well as debut poets, reflect a wide variety of poetic styles. Brief biographical sketches of the poets are appended. Keep a copy of this book handy, as students will want to reread selections and read aloud their favorites, and possibly use poems as models for their own writing. The entire book might be an inspiration for a class writing project, celebrating a different number, such as "one" (e.g., one-sided, one-up, one of a kind, we're number one, one-hit wonder, etc.)

A classroom teacher poses a provocative question to her students: if their home was on fire, what is the one thing they would save (given that their families and pets were safe)? In The One Thing You'd Save by Linda Sue Park, a collection of narrative poems, the students' responses range from the obvious and practical - "my phone" and "My Dad's wallet. DUH" - to reflective; e.g., a baggy sweater knitted by a grandmother, a snake's skeleton, expensive sneakers that took much sacrifice to purchase, a rug to use for saving an elderly neighbor, a collection of special books, mom's insulin supplies. Some of the children elaborate on their responses while others keep them hidden (home is a "dump" and should burn down and the child who has already been the victim of a fire). They sometimes alter their choices after hearing their classmates talk…the teacher changes her mind, as well. In the process, they learn a great deal about each other. Gray-tone illustrations that resemble pencil sketches accompany the poems. In an appended note, Park discusses her use of the sijo form in creating the poems. There is much food for thought in this book and will likely promote discussion among readers.

Reminiscent of The New Kid on the Block, Something Big Has Been Here, It's Raining Pigs & Noodles, and A Pizza the Size of the Sun, Jack Prelutsky's newest longer collection, Hard-Boiled Bugs for Breakfast: And Other Tasty Poems, will have readers laughing and begging to read their favorites again and again. In addition to his typical use of lively rhyme, he includes other poetic forms, such as haiku, poems of address, concrete poems, and others. The array of portmanteau animals (e.g., coconuthatch, bumblebeet, shrimpala, crabbits, fantelopes, to name a few) may inspire readers to invent their own. Prelutsky's characteristic use of repetition, wordplay, and absurd situations make these poems great for reading aloud. The black-and-white cartoon illustrations provide additional humor. If you have the other titles in your collection, you will want this one too!

Fiona Waters' Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright!: An Animal Poem for Each Day of the Year is a compendium of 366 poems divided into 12 sections, one for each month. Each section is prefaced with a list of the poem titles (and poet) for every day of the month. The poets range from historical classic (e.g., Christina Rossetti, Ogden Nash, William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Carl Sandburg, Ted Hughes, Vachel Lindsay, and many others) to modern classic (Dorothy Aldis, Aileen Fisher, Mary Ann Hoberman, J. Patrick Lewis, Lilian Moore, Jack Prelutsky, Valerie Worth, and Jane Yolen.) There are also many selections by the prolific "Anonymous." Different cultures are represented in the selections. Colorful, full-page, digitally rendered illustrations place the animals in natural settings. For convenience of use, indices of poets, poem titles, and first lines are appended. A good addition to a classroom or home poetry collection. Place it on the shelf next to Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year (Nosy Crow, 2018), also compiled by Fiona Waters, so that children may read the poems again and again.

Poets and such…

In The Poet of Piney Woods by Bob Raczka, a rabbit, bear cub, and frog all flee when they realize a wolf has crept up behind them. They are unaware that he is a vegetarian poet who writes about the animals of the forest and posts his poems on tree branches. With the help of a friendly jay, they gather in the night to laugh and listen to the wolf recite his poems (they DO like his words!) and share a fruit snack. The text is crisp, metered rhyme. Brightly colored wood block illustrations show the emotions of the animals. Fun for reading aloud.

Katie Munday Williams introduces readers to Anne Bradstreet, America's first published poet in Poet, Pilgrim, Rebel. The overview of her life in Puritan England reveals an early love for poetry, thanks to a father who read and discussed poetry with her. She married a man who shared her interest in poetry. When the Puritans emigrated to the New World, it seemed that all of this would end until Anne found the rhythms of poetry in her everyday life. Life in the colony was hard, but Anne turned to poetry for comfort - this time, writing her own. She feared how her poems would be received because of the political nature of some of her topics, and…they were written by a woman! In the late 1600s, a book of her poetry was eventually published - a success in England as well as in the colonies. This biography offers a look at the positive influence of poetry in someone's life. Folk art illustrations in muted colors fit the text. An appended Author's Note provides additional information, a snippet of a poem, and a statement that Anne Bradstreet was the author's great-grandmother X 14.

Four books not reviewed here as poetry would be useful for discussion in poetry lessons.

Charles Ghigna's A Poem is a Firefly offers responses to the questions, "What's a poem?" and "What can a poem be?" as suggested by a variety of woodland animals. Rhymed text tells readers that a poem is a laugh, a sigh, or an "echo passing by." It is a garden full of flowers, a moon or a star, or a "spider web spun with words of wonder." The text is joyful and so are the faces of the animals in the large, colorful illustrations. Great for reading aloud and posing the questions to listeners. Students might illustrate their responses and compile them into a "What is a Poem?" book for the classroom library.

Poem in Your Pocket Day is celebrated in Poem in My Pocket by Chris Tougas. In rhymed text, a child relays the chaos created when a poem in her/his pocket slips through a rip and tumbles everywhere. Words slip, dip, slide, twirl, swirl as words are mingled and letters are mixed-up in midair. Some of the words reform as puns, shown in the colorful illustrations in city and countryside scenes. When a storm drives the words into the ground, they are sown as seeds, and the pocket poem becomes a "poetree" with words ready to form into more poems. A final page asks readers if they found the rhyming words and mixed-up words in the text. A lively read-aloud, but time to peruse the illustrations and locate the errant words is needed.

In Kiyoshi's Walk by Mark Karlins, Kyoshi observes his poet grandfather writing and poses the question, "Where do poems come from?" With pen and paper in his pocket, grandfather proposes a walk. As they walk the city streets, they see, hear, imagine, and discuss feelings, all of which inspire grandfather to write a haiku. Kiyoshi concludes that each experience must be the origin of poems. In the end, grandfather leads Kiyoshi to realize that poems are created from the way the world and an individual's heart come together, and the boy writes his own haiku. An appended Author's Note explains a bit about the history and writing of haiku. Digital illustrations in delicate colors over mostly double-paged spreads reveal multiple perspectives of city life. Good for reading aloud and introducing haiku to younger children.

In Micha Archer's Wonder Walkers, two children explore a variety of natural places on a "wonder walk." As they walk, they ask questions about rivers, mountains, forests, the ocean, caves, the earth beneath their feet, the weather, the sun and moon. Every question is in itself a poem, evoking creative imagery - "Are trees the sky's legs?" - "Is fog the river's blanket?" - "Is the wind the world breathing?" A book to reread and ponder, it invites children to immerse themselves in the natural world by taking their own wonder walks. A model of questions leading to discovery, this excellent enrichment title might also inspire them to write "I wonder" poems. The full-bleed illustrations done in ink and collage with tissue paper and patterned papers are a feast for the eyes. 2022 Caldecott Honor Book

Bibliography

Archer, Micha. Wonder Walkers. Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House

Auerbach, Lera & Nelson, Marilyn. A is for Oboe: The Orchestra's Alphabet. Illus. by Paul Hoppe. Dial Books

Baron, Chris. The Magical Imperfect. Feiwel & Friends

Bruchac, Joseph. rez dogs. Dial Books

Bulion, Leslie. Spi-ku: A Clutter of Short Verse on Eight Legs. Illus. by Robert Meganck. Peachtree

Engle, Margarita. A Song of Frutas. Illus. by Sara Palacios. Atheneum

Faruqi, Reem. Unsettled. HarperCollins

Ferrada, María José. niños: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile. Illus. by María Elena Valdez. Eerdmans

Fipps, Lisa. Starfish. Nancy Paulsen/Penguin Random House

Freeman, Megan E. Alone. Aladdin

Fritz, Joanne Rossmassler. Everywhere Blue. Holiday House

Ghigna, Charles. A Poem is a Firefly. Illus. by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde. Schiffer Kids

Gorman, Amanda. Change Sings: A Children's Anthem. Illus. by Loren Long. Viking

Grimes, Nikki. Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Bloomsbury

Hannah-Jones, Nikole & Watson, Renée. The 1619 Project: Born on the Water. Illus. by Nikkolas Smith. Kokila/Penguin Random House

Harrison, David L. The Dirt Book: Poems About Animals That Live Beneath Our Feet. Illus. by Kate Cosgrove. Holiday House

Hood, Susan. The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastics. Illus. by Christiane Engel. Harper

Karlins, Mark. Kiyoshi's Walk. Illus. by Nicole Wong. Lee & Lowv

LaRocca, Rajani. Red, White, and Whole. Quill Tree/HarperCollins

Larios, Julie. Delicious! Poems Celebrating Food Around the World. Illus. by Julie Paschkis. Beach Lane

Levy, Debbie. Photo Ark ABC: An Animal Alphabet in Poetry and Pictures. Photos by Joel Sartore. National Geographic Kids

Magee, Bridget (ed.& comp.) 10*10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways. wee words for wee ones

Mora, Pat. My Magic Wand: Growing with the Seasons. Illus. by Amber Alvarez. Lee & Low

Pappa, Rodoula. Beautiful Day!: Petite Poems for All Seasons. Illus. by Seng Soun Ratanavanh. Cameron Kids

Park, Linda Sue. The One Thing You'd Save. Illus. by Robert Sae-Heng. Clarion

Piercey, Rachel. If You Go Down to the Woods Today. Illus. by Freya Hartas. Abrams

Prelutsky, Jack. Hard-Boiled Bugs for Breakfast: And Other Tasty Poems. Illus. by Ruth Chan. Greenwillow

Raczka, Bob. The Poet of Piney Woods. Illus. by Kevin & Kristen Howdeshell. Cameron Kids

Sidman, Joyce. Dear Treefrog. Illus. by Diana Sudyka. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Sidman, Joyce. Hello, Earth!: Poems to Our Planet. Illus. by Miren Asiain Lora. Eerdmans

Tougas, Chris. Poem in My Pocket. Illus. by Josée Bisaillon. Kids Can Press

Waters, Fiona (Sel.). Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright. Illus. by Britta Teckentrup. Noso Crow/Candlewick

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre. Illus. by Floyd Cooper. Lerner/Carolrhoda

Williams, Katie Munday. Poet, Pilgrim, Rebel: The Story of Anne Bradstreet, America's First Published Poet. Illus. by Tania Rex. beaming books.

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