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Poems for All Ages

Poetry permeates our lives. Rhythm and rhyme are found in songs, advertising jingles and LOTS of children's books. From bouncy picture books to realistic novels in verse to poems you can perform at the top of your lungs, the titles below offer new ways to see and celebrate the world around us.

Builder Goose: It's Construction Rhyme Time!

Builder Goose: It's Construction Rhyme Time!

Nursery rhymes are refashioned to feature construction projects.

Hate that Cat

Hate that Cat

Jack is studying poetry again in school, and he continues to write poems reflecting his understanding of famous poems and how they relate to his life.

Bird

Bird

Bird, an artistic young African American boy, expresses himself through drawing as he struggles to understand his older brother's drug addiction and death, while a family friend, Uncle Son, provides guidance and understanding.

A Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout
A Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout

A collection of lively rhymes and tricky tongue twisters, poems for more than one voice, bilingual poems -- from classic Shakespeare and Lear to anonymous rhymes to contemporary riffs on everything under the sun.

I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery

I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery

A volume of evocative and moving poems considers the experiences of slaves in a variety of circumstances including a house slave, a mother who loses her daughter on the auction block, and a slave fleeing through the Underground Railroad.

What's for Dinner?: Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World

What's for Dinner?: Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World

Describes in poetic verse the predatory habits of a variety of animals and the foods that they eat.

We Troubled the Waters: Poems

We Troubled the Waters: Poems

Poetry and art confront the brutality and hatred that had to be overcome during the civil rights movement.

We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart

We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart

Examines the events and people that have shaped America, providing portraits of figures such as Chief Tecumseh, President Abraham Lincoln, and musician Jimi Hendrix.

I've Lost My Hippopotamus

I've Lost My Hippopotamus

Presents more than 100 funny poems and silly pictures that are mostly about a variety of real and not-so-real animals.

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors

The names of colors are woven into unrhymed poems that celebrate the seasons.

Every Thing on It: Poems and Drawings

Every Thing on It: Poems and Drawings

The second original book to be published since Silverstein's passing in 1999, this poetry collection includes more than one hundred and thirty never-before-seen poems and drawings completed by the cherished American artist and selected by his family from his archives.

A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play

A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play

A collection of poems with the theme of playing outside.

Locomotion

Locomotion

In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life, after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.

R Is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet

R Is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet

A collection of poems that illustrates poetic tools, terms, and techniques. Each term or technique is demonstrated in an accompanying poem so readers can see the method at work.