National Poetry Month

Take Two! A Celebration of Twins by Patrick J. Lewis & Jane Yolen. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2012. 9780763637026. Gr. PS-3.

I have a niece and nephew who are twins, so when I saw this title, I couldn’t resist! These sweet and funny poems celebrate being a twin, from sharing the womb to childhood, and includes a section on famous twins throughout history. Yolen and Lewis also throw in interesting “Twin Facts” throughout the book, like how Nigeria is the nation with the most multiple births or Cryptophasia is the name of the language twins share when they are babies and toddlers. Whether you have twins, or know any twins, this book is sure to bring a smile to your face!

I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus by Jack Prelutsky. Illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic. 2012. 9780062014573. Gr. 1-4.

Prelutsky entertains readers once again with over 100 new humorous poems. Whether it’s poems about fish in a tree or a dozen buffalocusts, they will have kids rolling on the floor with laughter. Prelutsky even includes a pronunciation guide for his imaginative creature,s such as cormoranteaters, wiguanas, and the gludus. Written with a snappy rhythm, these poems will make great read-a-louds.

Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein. 2011. 9780061998164. Gr. 2-6.

Shel Silverstein’s poetry books were the first poetry books I read as a child and didn’t hate. His silly and quirky poems made me realize that not all poems needed to be serious and filled with double meanings (because we all know that those two roads that diverged in a yellow wood were not just talking about roads). Now Silverstein is back with even more oddball poems…about a hotdog with everything on it (including a parrot and a bee in bonnet), a poem about Santa’s clumsiest elf, and two poems featuring his dentist. Kids are sure to laugh at Silverstein’s silly humor and take him up on his invitation to write their own silly rhymes and poems.

I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery by Cynthia Grady. Illustrated by Michele Wood. 2011. 9780802853868. Gr. 4-8.

Grady’s powerful poems and Wood’s beautiful illustrations create a unique glimpse into African American slavery. Grady includes the good and the bad, writing about masters who taught their slaves how to read and write and allowed them to escape, while other masters stole the slave’s children away for auction. Grady includes footnotes with all her poems, explaining the historical significance of each poem. Readers will gain a deeper appreciation of poetry as well as unforgettable insight into slavery conditions.

If you’re looking for more great poetry titles, check out our other posts featuring poetry!

Mindy’s Looking for Science Poetry

Tracey’s Using Poetry Books as Writing Examples & April and National Poetry Month

Kristin’s Animal Poetry

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