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It Doesn't Have to Rhyme: Poetry

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African American Poetry
by Arnold Rampersad
Presents a collection of poems by African-American poets, including Lucille Clifton, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Elizabeth Alexander.
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.
Grumbles From the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices With a Twist
by Jane Yolen
What were all those fairy-tale characters thinking? The Princess claims all those mattresses kept her awake, not a silly pea, while the poor pea complains that the princess snores.
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.
May B.: A Novel
by Caroline Starr Rose
When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly family, Pa pulls twelve-year-old May, who suffers from dyslexia, from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier.
Mountain Dog
by Margarita Engle
When his mother is sent to jail in Los Angeles, eleven-year-old Tony goes to live with his forest ranger great-uncle in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where Tony experiences unconditional love for the first time through his friendship with a rescue dog.
Salt: a Story of Friendship In a Time of War
by Helen Frost
Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812.
When Thunder Comes: Poems For Civil Rights Leaders
by J. Patrick Lewis
A collection of poetry inspired by various leaders of civil rights. Includes brief descriptions of each leader at the end of the book.
Words With Wings
by Nikki Grimes
Gabby daydreams to tune out her parents' arguments, but when her parents divorce and she begins a new school, daydreaming gets her into trouble.
Updated 12/23/2013
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