Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
In honor of National Poetry Month, here are some of our favorite poetry books!
by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
A hilarious parody of famous poems and songs show that "...if you listen closely enough, you can hear the poetry of science in everything."
Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems
by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Carin Berger
Each entry is about a creature that is part animal and part inanimate object. Alarmadillos have alarm clocks for bodies, and the Ballpoint Penguins can write with their beaks. The poems are full of fun and wit, while whimsical illustrations use cut-print media, old-fashioned print images, and a variety of paper textures to create a rich visual treat well suited to the poetry.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein
J 811 SILVE
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.
A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms
edited by Paul Janeczko, illustrated by Chris Raschka
J 811 KICK
First day, new school year,
Backpack harbors a fossil. . .
Last June’s cheese sandwich.
Did you know that that funny poem by Kristine O’Connell George was NOT a haiku? It was a senryu-- although it followed the 5-7-5 syllable per line pattern like a haiku, the subject of the poem was human nature, rather than the natural world. You can learn all about the many different styles of poem-writing, and read an accessible example or two of each in this neat book, which features whimsical mixed-media illustrations by Chris Raschka.
Poems for Youth
by Emily Dickinson, illustrated by Thomas B. Allen
J 811 DICKI
A collection of poems for reflection and inspiration that are specifically geared toward the young.
Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs
by Alan Katz, illustrated by David Catrow
Lots of old favorites have been turned into very silly (and funny) songs and poems!
A Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor
J 821 STEVE
Stevenson, better known for his novels, wrote sweet verses that are a great follow-up to Mother Goose rhymes to share as your child gets a bit older. I still have many of them in my memory today.
Check this page monthly for recommendations from our staff! Each month will focus on a different category of books.
We'll pick our favorites, and tell you all about them! Each book cover is a link to that item in the catalog, so click there to place a hold.
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