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Button Up! Wrinkled Rhymes

By Alice Schertle

Illustrated by Petra Mathers

Published by Harcourt Press, 2009

This book of poetry is all about clothing!  These humorous rhyming poems all focus on a child’s favorite articles of clothing.

Great for very young children, ages 3-6, who appreciate silliness and humor.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Heart to Heart

By Jan Greenburg

Published by Abrams, 2001

This collection of poems was edited by Greenburg, and all of the poems are inspired by pieces of modern art.

A great book for middle and high school classes as well as older elementary for use as a model for a poetry unit as students respond to selections of artwork of their own.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Technically, It’s Not My Fault

By John Grandits

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2004

This book of concrete poems focuses on a boy named Robert in middle school.  The reader follows him as he deals with “typical” middle grade issues like homework, dealing with parents who, let’s face it, just don’t understand, and sibling rivalry.

Great addition to a middle school classroom for casual reading or a unit on concrete poetry.

Awards: School Library Journal Starred Review

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LIttle Dog and Duncan

By Kristine O’Connell George

Illustrated by June Otani

Published by Clarion Books, 1999

This sweet book of poems is a companion book to the Little Dog series of books, and continues the adventures of Little Dog when a big dog comes to visit. This book is great to compare the two animals, and see how they are alike and different, but also accept that they are different but can still be friends.

Great for small children, (pre-k) who are learning the tenets of friendship and acceptance of others that are different from them.

Awards: Claudia Lewis Poetry Award

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Joyful Noise

By Paul Fleischman

Published by Harper Collins, 1989

This book of poems for two voices celebrates the insect world, from the way they look, and feel to the way they sound.  This is a celebration of the creatures that the world often takes for granted.

Great for lovers of insects, but also appropriate in a high elementary or middle school poetry collection for use in the language arts classroom.  Could also supplement a unit in science class on insects.

Awards: Newberry 

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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From the Bellybutton of the Moon

By Francisco X. Alarcon

Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzales

Published by Lee and Low Books, 2005

This book takes the reader through a magical journey through Mexico, a bit of a ride down memory lane with the author.

Includes both English and Spanish versions, so this book is great for students who are bilingual, ESL, or English-speaking students learning Spanish.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

 

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Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

By Monica Brown
Illustrated by Julie Pashkis
Published by Henry Holt and Company, 2011
Neftali loved words and surrounded himself with words from a young age. His father disapproved of his writing and so he started publishing his work under then name Pablo Neruda at the age of 16. He wrote about the people of Chile and their struggles.
Great for middle and high school English classes when studying poetry. This beautiful book uses the words in his poetry to illustrate the book in a marvelous way.
Awards: Kirkus Starred Review, 2012 Annual Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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