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It Doesn't Have to Rhyme: Poetry

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All Things Bright and Beautiful
by Ashley Bryan
An illustrated version of the well-known hymn, which describes the marvels of God's creation.
Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems
by Gail Carson Levine
Inspired by William Carlos William's famous poem, "This Is Just to Say," a collection of ironic apology poems imagines how tricksters really feel about the mischief they make.
Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat
by Nikki Giovanni
More than 50 poems and an accompanying CD introduce poetry with a beat.
I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of African American Slavery
by Cynthia Grady
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.
Let's Celebrate!: Festival Poems from Around the World
by Debjani Chatterjee
Here are poems celebrating 24 fantastic festivals from around the world, by poets from across the globe.
Magic Words: From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit
by Edward Field
Presents a poem inspired by Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen's visits with the Inuit people of the Arctic Circle.
Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature
by Nicola Davies
Introduces the sights and sounds of the changing seasons, along city streets and in country meadow.
by Douglas Florian
A collection of poems about trees from the acclaimed children's poet.
Pug and Other Animal Poems
by Valerie Worth
Presents a collection of whimsical animal poems that describe eccentric animal behaviors.
Something Fishy
by Barry Polisar
A humorously illustrated collection of funny and thought-provoking poems about ocean creatures.
We are America: A Tribute from the Heart
by Walter Dean Myers
Examines the events and people that have shaped America, providing portraits of figures such as Chief Tecumseh, President Abraham Lincoln, and musician Jimi Hendrix, and featuring lyrical, free-verse poetic text.
Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems & Drawings of Shel Silverstein
by Shel Silverstein
A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.
Your Skeleton Is Showing: Rhymes of Blunder from Six Feet Under
by Kurt Cyrus
A wacky graveyard adventure combines funny-bone-tickling poems with silly grim illustrations, and serves as an introduction to poetry.
Updated 12/23/2013
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