April is National Poetry Month. Are you a poetry fan? Terrific – I have a dozen books for you to enjoy. Not a fan yet? No problem. I have no doubt you’ll find some here that will delight you.
Valerie Worth was the first poet to show me that poetry was something good. Before then, I mostly avoided it. Her All the Small Poems and Fourteen More is a wonderful collection of delightful poems. I am excited about Pug and Other Animal Poems because not only is it filled with wonderful poems, they are illustrated by Steve Jenkins, whom I greatly admire.
that long ago (the 1960s?), kids and adults used to memorize poems. Some
because they had to for a teacher or parent, some because they just wanted to.
This author says in her introduction, “When you learn a poem by heart, it
becomes a part of you.” This book is filled with poems that are fun and not too long.
There may be some here that you’d like to make a part of you.
Prelutsky is really good at writing short, funny, and silly poems. The poems in
this collection are mostly about animals. Some animals are real but some are
If I Were In Charge
the Rules Would Be Different by
James Proimos (sorry, no link)
titles in this book are fun – My Feet
Stink. Does Your Nose Smell? Ode to
Spaghetti, My Delightful Derriere
and many more. Silly is good!
So what kind
of beasts will you find here? A peacock, an ocelot, a camel (3 humps), an Irish
wolfhound, a kestrel couple and lots more. The poems are funny and the
illustrations are terrific, too.
As a fan of
Doug Cushman, I looked forward to reading this book. I was not disappointed.
All the poems are about pigs (pig lovers rejoice!) and classic monster movies.
The posters Cushman drew about each movie are great, too.
Nasty Bugs selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins,
illustrated by Will Terry (sorry, no link)
This book is
not just about any bugs, it’s about the villains of the bug world: mosquitoes, fire
ants, chiggers, cockroaches (shudder) and other bugs I try not to think about.
Not for the faint-hearted!
This is a
collection of serious poems. Many civil rights leaders are included here, such
as Coretta Scott King, Emmett Till, Gandhi, Harvey Milk and 11 others. Some
were people I didn’t know but was glad to learn about.
Wish You Were Here
(and I Wasn’t) A book of Poems and Pictures for Globe Trotters by Colin McNaughton (sorry, no link)
soon? This would be a good book for the backseat riders or in hotel rooms. The
poems cover lots of travel scenarios: trips gone bad, money shortages, outer
space, nonstop itineraries and more.
have thought one could write a collection of poems just about penguins but here
one is. And no repetition of topics! It covers hatching, a father’s feet, regurgitating,
belly sliding and more.
characters in 15 fairy tales tell their side of the story. There’s the
Gingerbread Boy and the old couple, Cinderella and her whining stepsisters, the
Frog Prince and the princess… Clever!
about cowboys? These poems give an inside look into the gritty cowboy life.
When I went looking for poetry books, I found lots. Next week I’ll tell you about a dozen more!